Its with extreme pride that I announce I've been selected to serve a four year term on the Minnesota Department of Education Deaf / Hard of Hearing Committee. The Deaf / Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee develops recommendations regarding the resource center and submits an annual report to the Commissioner of Education.

The authorizing legislation assigns two tasks to the advisory committee.

  1. The advisory committee is to develop recommendations regarding the resource center, and to report as requested by the commissioner. To fulfill this task, the MDE Special Education Policy Division may ask the advisory committee for counsel regarding needs and priorities in improving learning results for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH), as well as the resource center operation.
  2. The advisory committee is to submit an annual report on the aggregate, data-based education outcomes for children who are D/HH, including implementation of a plan to improve education outcomes.

Here's how my personal story with deaf / hard of hearing started.