News Update from MNCDHH for September 5, 2012
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9/6 – Family Tree Clinic hosts open house for deaf health research project about HIV testing & prevention
Information from the flyer is posted below. Please share with others who may be interested.
Family Tree Clinic is hosting an Open House
- When: Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 6pm
- What: Research project on HIV testing and prevention for Deaf Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)
- Why: Inform the local community about this national study AND recruit people interested in volunteering as Community Advisory Board members
- Who: Anyone can attend
- Where: Family Tree Clinic, 1619 Dayton Ave, Suite 205, St. Paul MN, 55104
- Accessibility: ASL interpreting and refreshments will be provided
Led by: Alex Iantaffi, PhD, LMFT, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Funded by: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) NICHD grant 1R21HD072788-01
For the Community Advisory Board, Alex is looking for: Deaf MSM, sexual health/HIV educators experienced in working with Deaf people, especially Deaf LGBTQ people
For more information contact: Alex Iantaffi at email@example.com or 612-483-5726 or Health Educators, Denise Anderson and Judy Klopp, VP 612-964-1330 or Danderson@familytreeclinic.org or Judy@familytreeclinic.org
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Governor Dayton’s office has captioned online videos
We are happy to announce that Governor Dayton’s office learned about the requirement to make their online videos accessible under Minnesota law, and within 24 hours they started to caption their videos!
The videos are available on the Governor’s web page at http://mn.gov/governor/ and the Governor’s YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/GovMarkDayton.
Thanks go to Jay Wyant, Chief Information Accessibility Officer at MN.IT Services (the state’s information technology office), for meeting with the Governor’s office staff and explaining how to caption their videos.
Thanks also go to Jenna Covey, Deputy Press Secretary for New Media in the Governor’s office, for captioning the videos.
If you like what you see, contact Governor Dayton’s office at http://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/ to thank them for following the Accessible Technology Standards law. They’d love to hear from you!
Here are some examples of the videos that have been captioned:
- Tax Reform – Balance
- Minnesota Farmers Market Week
- Minnesota Grown Challenge
- Commissioner Myron Frans on tax credits for Minnesota veterans and soldiers
- 100th Anniversary of the Governor’s Residence
- Honoring Our Women Veterans
- KAAL: Tax Reform Advisory Group Stops in Rochester
- Minn. To Test Dogs Against Emerald Ash Borer
- Jobs for Minnesota Families
- What’s At Stake
- It’s About Jobs
- Governor Dayton’s Statement on the School Repayment Shift
- MS Day on the Hill
- Governor Dayton Stands Up for Minnesota’s Middle Class
- Minnesota Summit on Bullying
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2012 education outcomes report for deaf and hard of hearing students in Minnesota is posted
Minnesota law requires the Department of Education’s Minnesota Resource Center: Deaf and Hard of Hearing to report on the education outcomes for students who are deaf and hard of hearing every year. This report is sent to the Department of Education’s Commissioner, the education policy and finance committees of the legislature, and the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH).
In summary, the report provides details on things such as: enrollment numbers, instructional settings, graduation rates, early learning initiatives, state standardized testing data, information from Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) and Metro Deaf School (MDS), and recommendations for the near future, including initiatives for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), academic outcomes, transition, the Minnesota Collaborative Project, D/HH special education eligibility criteria and D/HH teacher licensure recommendations.
The full PDF report is posted at http://www.mncdhh.org/file_download/236/Deaf+and+Hard+of+Hearing+Education+Outcomes+Report+2012.pdf.
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1 out of 4 college students in the Class of 2016 already have some hearing loss
Every year since 1998, Beloit College in Wisconsin has published a list about the mindset of new college freshmen. It shows what their lives are like, what common experiences they have, and how they are different from older generations.
It is a fun and informative list. For example, did you know that these kids have never seen tan M&Ms (fact #30)? Wow!
However, what really caught our eyes was fact #21: “A significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.”
How many is that? The webpage says that a “quarter of the entering students already have suffered some hearing loss.” This is 1 out of 4 college students!
See the full Beloit Mindset list for the Class of 2016 at http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2016/.
Audiologist needed for the Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist Advisory Council
The Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist Advisory Council in the Minnesota Department of Health has one open position for an audiologist.
The council advises the Commissioner of Health on matters relating to the licensing and regulation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists including: licensing standards; enforcement of the licensing rules; and continuing education.
Meetings are held quarterly, and compensation is provided at $55 per diem per expenses.
If you are interested, information about how to apply is available at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=5.
The full posting is available:
- In text below
- In a Word document at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=11857
- In a PDF document at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=11858.
SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST AND AUDIOLOGIST ADVISORY COUNCIL
MN DEPT. OF HEALTH, HEALTH OCCUPATIONS PROGRAM
PO BOX 64882
ST. PAUL, MN 55164-0882 651-201-3723
Appointing: Commissioner of Health
Compensation: $55 per diem plus expenses
Vacancies: One (1) – Audiologist
The council advises the Commissioner of Health on matters relating to the licensing and regulation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists including: licensing standards; enforcement of the licensing rules; and continuing education. Effective 8/1/05 – The commissioner shall appoint 12 persons to a Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist Advisory Council. The 12 persons must include: three public members, as defined in section 214.02. Two of the public members shall be either persons receiving services of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, or family members of or caregivers to such persons, and at least one of the public members shall be either a hearing instrument user or an advocate of one; three speech-language pathologists licensed under sections 148.511 to 148.5196, one of whom is currently and has been, for the five years immediately preceding the appointment, engaged in the practice of speech-language pathology in Minnesota and each of whom is employed in a different employment setting including, but not limited to, private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation settings, educational settings, and government agencies; one speech-language pathologist licensed under sections 148.511 to 148.5196, who is currently and has been, for the five years immediately preceding the appointment, employed by a Minnesota public school district or a Minnesota public school district consortium that is authorized by Minnesota Statutes and who is licensed in speech-language pathology by the Minnesota Board of Teaching; three audiologists licensed under sections 148.511 to 148.5196, two of whom are currently and have been, for the five years immediately preceding the appointment, engaged in the practice of audiology and the dispensing of hearing instruments in Minnesota and each of whom is employed in a different employment setting including, but not limited to, private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation settings, educational settings, industry, and government agencies; one nonaudiologist hearing instrument dispenser recommended by a professional association representing hearing instrument dispensers; and one physician licensed under chapter 147 and certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis, at the MN Dept of Health, Snelling Office Park, 1645 Energy Park Drive, Suite 300, St. Paul, MN 55108.
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