Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee
Also known as:
Advisory Committee: Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Minnesota Resource Center Advisory Committee: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Active dates:1987 -
Function: The purpose of the deaf and hard-of-hearing advisory committee is two fold: A) identify and prepare a legislative report on the aggregate, data-based education outcomes for children with the primary disability classification of deaf and hard of hearing, consistent with the commissioner's child count reporting practices, the commissioner's state and local outcome data reporting system by district and region, and the school performance report cards under section; and describe the implementation of a data-based plan for improving the education outcomes of deaf and hard of hearing children that is premised on evidenced- based best practices, and provide a cost estimate for ongoing implementation of the plan. B) provide general advice and counsel to the MN Department of Education regarding general procedures for assuring the needs of students who are DHH are addressed within the context of the entire special education program rules, priorities, procedures, and funding.
The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee develops recommendations regarding the resource center and submits an annual report to the Commissioner of Education.
Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.63, authorizes the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to operate the Minnesota Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Subdivision 3 authorizes the MDE commissioner to establish an advisory committee for the resource center.
The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the committee.
The Committee's name appears to have changed in 2015 from the "Minnesota Resource Center Advisory Committee: Deaf/Hard of Hearing" to the "Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee".
In the past, there have been 13-15 members including: Four parents of children who are DHH, four teachers of students who are DHH, two related service staff persons employed to work with students who are DHH, one rep of an Institute of Higher Education that prepares to work with students who are DHH, two special education directors, coordinators, or supervisors, two people from another state agency that has a mission that includes work with students who are DHH, two special education directors, coordinators, or supervisors, two people from another state agency that has a mission that includes services to children birth-21 who are DHH. Membership is geographically representative of the state and will try to include at least two members who are DHH.
As of May 2011 (though it is unclear when this changed), the advisory committee can be any size; typically there are no more than 16 members. One quarter are parents of children who are DHH. One quarter are teachers with a license in DHH. Other members represent: service staff who work with students who are DHH, higher education institutions that prepare teachers for students who are DHH, special education directors, coordinators or supervisors, and other state agencies serving children up to age 21 who are DHH. Membership should represent the state geographically and include members who are DHH.
Appointing Authority: Commissioner of Education
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