Action Alerts & News Update from MNCDHH for December 10, 2012

Published 12-10-2012

In this Issue:

12/18/12 ACTION ALERT – Apply for the open position of Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division in Minnesota

Open Position: Director, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division, MN Department of Human Services, St. Paul, MN
Salary Range: $ 67,693-$ 97,217 annually

Application due by midnight on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Are you an experienced leader that wants to improve services for individuals who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing? If so, the Minnesota Department of Human Services wants you as its next Director for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services division provides information, resources and empowerment opportunities to assist Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and their families to effectively access service in their communities.

As the Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services you will oversee, direct and manage the administrative and program functions of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). This position oversees a budget of $6.7 million and a division of approximately 47 staff located in St. Paul and in six regional offices across the state.

In addition to challenging work and the chance to serve Minnesota with a team of professional colleagues, DHS offers a comprehensive benefit package and a modern and culturally diverse work environment in the historic state capitol district of St. Paul. Don’t miss your opportunity to start a rewarding career with the Department of Human Services!

Please apply or share the following job posting link for this position with others! also has additional details about the job posting at:

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1/31/13 ACTION ALERT – Take a national survey about emergency communication services and get a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate

Are you deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing? Please take a national survey about emergency communication services and get a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate! This certificate will be awarded to 2 lucky people.

You must take the survey by January 31, 2013.

Your answers will be used to improve accessiblity of emergency communication services for people of all ages and abilities, including deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people.

Take the emergency communication services survey and share the following link with your contacts.

Direct survey link:

Who is running the emergency communication services survey?

The Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (WRERC) at Georgia Tech, with the support of TDI, is conducting a survey to learn about people’s experiences with and preferences for emergency communication services. WRERC did this survey 2 years ago, but there are now new technologies available and new government rules to follow. WRERC wants to survey people again on what is important to them.

Emergency communications generally include two main components:

  1. Contacting emergency response (9-1-1) services for help, and
  2. Receiving public emergency alerts for events like severe weather and other natural events, Amber Alerts for missing children, and other emergencies.

The Wireless RERC’s survey on emergency communications addresses emergency services, public alerts and warnings, and social media use during emergencies.

The results of the survey will be reported at the 8th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference. The title of the presentation is “Social Media, Public Emergencies and Disability” and will be presented by Salimah LaForce, Wireless RERC Research Associate and John Morris, PhD, Wireless RERC Project Director. For follow-up information, subscribe for updates at

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ACTION ALERT – Community & advocacy website needs your help & support

If you like, then needs your help and support!

This community & advocacy website provides information about news, events, and resources, and has been run by volunteers for over 10 years. It is now undergoing renovation to provide enhanced services and be more inclusive, but this can’t happen without your help and support. is looking for:

  1. Community members to join the advisory committee and provide ongoing support and input.
  2. Volunteers to run the website. Technical ability is not needed, just your willingness to help.
  3. Donations to support the website and help advocacy grow. Even a small amount can make a difference.

For more information:

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ACTION ALERT – University of Minnesota’s Special Education Program needs your help with a grant program

Good news! The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has awarded funding to the University of Minnesota’s Special Education Program to support the professional development of teachers who work with deaf children who have additional disabilities.

The funds will support tuition and stipend for 4-6 teachers annually over a 5 year period. Susan Rose, Anna Paulson and Joyce Daugaard will be managing the grant, and they seek your help as advisory board members, mentors, models and cooperating teachers. If you are interested, please contact Susan Rose.

The DOE announced the award to the University as part of 38 grants totaling $9 million given to institutions of higher education in 21 states. These grants will train educators to improve services and results for children with disabilities.

“Our success in building a better America is measured in terms of helping all children reach their full potential,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These grants will support training for early learning providers and educators to make sure that infants, toddlers, children, and young people with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and transition to living independent and fulfilling lives.”

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DeafBlind 101: Online opportunity to learn about combined hearing and vision loss

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD) has developed a free online learning tool titled “DeafBlind 101 – An Introduction to Combined Hearing and Vision Loss.”

This tool is available to anybody who wants to learn about this topic. It is especially useful for family members, friends and neighbors, caregivers, educators, employers, and co-workers.

Viewers will:

  • Understand the unique challenges experienced by people with combined hearing and vision loss
  • Discover how everyday activities are impacted
  • Learn how to communicate more effectively
  • Learn about the range of assistive technology and specialized supports available
  • Become familiar with appropriate supports
  • Learn how to promote independence
  • Learn where to go for more information

This learning tool is located on the DHHSD website. The direct link is

For more information, contact Lee Clark, DeafBlind Specialist, at or 651-964-1714 (VP) or 888-206-6501 (TTY).

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