Meeting Announcement – DODHH Rules and Regulations

Dear members of the Deaf Community,

Please attend this important meeting on Thursday Friday if you are able to because it is related to the procedures and regulations of the new interpreter law and your input/comment are critical for them to hear from you during the public comments – as well as sharing information with the Deaf Community on what went on during the meeting.

Thank you,

Click to download the flyer (pdf format): DODHH – March 26 Rules Meeting Public Announcment pdf doc

If you cannot open the document:

DATE: March 17, 2010
TO: Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, Interpreter and Hearing Community
FROM: Sheryl D. Emery, M.A.
Director, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing
SUBJECT: DODHH Rules and Regulations meeting – March 26, 2010

Meeting Announcement – DODHH Rules and Regulations

DODHH Rules and Regulations committee meeting for
PA 204, The Deaf Persons’ Interpreter Act

** Meeting documents will only be available for download at in the “Events” section **

****New Location & Time****

Date: March 26, 2010
Time: 8:30AM – 2:00PM
Location: Peckham Headquarters
2nd Floor – Beech/Oak rooms
3510 Capital City Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48906-2012
** Located on the grounds of Lansing Capital City Airport**

Public comment will be heard on the afternoon agenda, time limits for comments will apply.
**Please note that public comment for this meeting is not the formal public comment that will occur during the formal public hearing of the rules draft.

Please be aware that there may be limited public seating at the meeting location and the committee lunch hour is closed to the public. There is a full service cafeteria onsite.

Sign language interpreters and real time captioning (CART) will be provided. Should you need additional reasonable accommodations for the meeting, please contact the DODHH at 877-499-6232 no later than March 23, 2010.


MDA Board of Directors Meeting, March 27, 2010 – Open To Public

March 23, 2010 2 comments

Michigan Deaf Association, Inc will be holding a board meeting in Flint.

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Flint Association of the Deaf
4156 Holiday Dr
Flint, MI 48507

Click here for directions to FAD.

Feel free to come and observe. Public comments also will be allowed (in the afternoon, after the old business and officers’ reports).

Day at the State Captiol on May 12, 2010

Click to download the flyer: 2010DASCFlyer

Hearing Loss Awareness
Day at the State Capital
Speaker’s Library – Room 252 at The State Capitol in Lansing
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 from 8:00 am – 2:45 pm

Advocating for Issues Important to People
Who Are Hard of Hearing, Deaf or DeafBlind.

Sponsored by:
Hearing Loss Association of Michigan, Michigan Deaf Association and Self Help for Independency in Michigan Equalizing DeafBlind. In Partnership with Deaf and Hard of HearingServices, Deaf Community Advocacy Network, Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, ScreenLine, L.L.C. and V.O.I.C.E., Inc. of Michigan.

For additional information contact: Hearing Loss Association of Michigan
at info@hearingloss‐ or DEAF C.A.N.! at

The fifth annual Hearing Loss Awareness Day at the State Capitol will be held on Wednesday,
May 12, 2010. This is an annual event to create awareness of the needs of Michigan citizens with hearing loss, and make our legislators aware of issues important to us which relate to our communication difficulties. The 2010 event will be held in conjunction with the Michigan Legislative Disability Caucus monthly meeting. May will be proclaimed Hearing Loss Awareness month in Michigan with resolutions being offered in the Senate & House on the day of our event.

2010 Issues of Importance to People with Hearing Loss:

  1. 21st Century Telecommunications
  2. Federal Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act
  3. State Income Tax Credit for Hearing Aids
  4. Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids
  5. Dementia Misdiagnoses in the Elderly
  6. Children’s Special Health Care Services

Cost of Event: Registration is free. Your only cost is transportation and parking.

Event Access: CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), Interpreters,
Telecoil Loop, and FM Listening Systems will be provided.

Lunch: A free box lunch will be provided to all attendees who register by the
April 23, 2010 deadline. Invite your legislators to join us!

Find contact information for legislators by going to the following websites:

Michigan Senate:
Michigan House of Representatives:

If you will be meeting with your legislator or representative, please request
accommodations directly with his or her office.

Registration Deadline: April 23, 2010.
Please return registration form to: DEAF C.A.N.!
2111 Orchard Lake Road #101
Sylvan Lake, MI 48320

Categories: Announcements, Events

Civil Rights Commission to Host Public Forum on Disparities in Access to Quality Health Care

March 16, 2010 2 comments

Contact: Harold Core 517-241-3986
Agency: Civil Rights

March 1, 2010
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will host a public forum on disparities in access to quality health care on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in the Capital Area Michigan Works Building, 2110 S. Cedar Street in Lansing, Michigan. The forum will follow a formal meeting of the Commission beginning at 3:00PM in the same location.

The forum offers an opportunity for members of the Commission and the general public to learn about the barriers that Michigan residents face when seeking health care, especially those barriers related to race, religion, sex, age, physical and mental disabilities, color, national origin, or marital status. The Commission is interested in part because of the link between prevention and early detection and positive health outcomes following serious illness.

“Access to health care is particularly important because so many other things we enjoy in life – work, family, freedom, personal interests – all depend on the foundation of good health. Good health care helps to assure our quality of life,” said Civil Rights Commissioner Lisa Peeples-Hurst.

In addition to testimony from invited experts, the Commission is also asking for testimony from individuals who have experienced barriers to quality health care for discriminatory reasons. The general public is encouraged to attend both the meeting and the forum.

For more information on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, please visit A sign Language Interpreter will be present.


February 10, 2010 4 comments

From Katie Hosmer, MSU Student:

Looks like we’re back in business! Sorry for the repetition…


This Friday at 9:30, the Board of Trustees will be meeting on the fourth floor of the Admin building at MSU. Come at 8:30 and bring your signs!

At 9:00 we’ll head up to the meeting. It is imperative that as many of us show as possible—the BoT must know that this is important for Deaf and signing communities in Michigan! Stay if you can for three wonderful speakers:

Scot Pott, President of the MDA
Melissa Rich, representative of the Deaf community
Natalie Grupido, an instructor at MSD

Bring friends! Park at Breslin, it’s cheaper. If you want to plan a carpool or need a ride, contact Katie Hosmer at We will try to make sure everyone who wants to be there can be there.


Keep up the email blitz! A trustee approached a working interpreter and mentioned they had never received so many emails in support of a program before… don’t slow down! Copy the following emails in to your mail client and send them a one sentence reason why they should keep the deaf ed program open!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Talk to a friend who doesn’t know anything about sign language or deaf ed and explain how important this is. The more people we can get to show up to meetings, email the board, and spread the correct information the more likely we are to get MSU’s attention!

Also, sign up for our email list at

Save Deaf Ed at MSU | Google Groups

Updates On LCC & BoT Meetings To Save MSU Deaf Ed/ASL Classes

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

From Katie Hosmer, MSU student:

Hi everyone!

I apologize if this is the second time you’ve gotten this message but it seems that several people failed to receive it the first time I tried sending it (last Thursday)

Last Wednesday, we had a meeting at LCC to discuss our next steps in saving Deaf Ed and ASL at MSU. If you were unable to attend, here’s a brief summary:

We designated 6 committees to plan our upcoming events. (PLEASE email me at if you would like to join any of these so I can add you to the emailing list!)

1. “B.o.T.” Board of Trustees meeting – which is when?! FRIDAY, FEB. 12 meeting starts at 9:30 AM 🙂
2. “The Rock” – this group is in charge of planning a date to paint the famous rock at MSU, writing on sidewalks with chalk, etc.
3. “Propaganda” – flyers, postcards, etc. to be spread everywhere on campus!
4. “Vlog” – email us letters, speeches, whatever you’ve got!
5. “Special Sit-Ins” – we will be crowding unexpected rooms on MSU’s campus at any given time… email for more info 😉
6. “Media” – we need any and all media contacts we can possibly get!

Also, we have decided that our official slogan will be, “No Deaf Child Left Behind” (as you may have seen on the flyers and posters at the rally)

LASTLY, I apologize for the repetition but it’s imperative that I keep reminding everyone…

B.o.T. meeting THIS FRIDAY! Please come EARLY with signs, posters, or banners to carry while marching around the Hannah Administration Building. We will start at 8:30 a.m. Thanks again, I can’t wait to see you all there!

Reminder: MSU Board of Trustees Meeting Friday, February 12, 2010

February 8, 2010 2 comments

Save Deaf-Ed! MSU Board of Trustees Meeting

Date: Friday, February 12, 2010
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Hannah Administration Building – 4th floor
City/Town: East Lansing, MI


We need all the support we could receive for this upcoming BoT meeting to save the Deaf Education Program & ASL classes.

An event has been created for this BoT on Facebook that you can invite your friends and family to attend this meeting, but you must log in to be able to see this:

For latest updates & information: KEEP DEAF-ED MAJOR AT MSU!

NOTE: After this post, I will remove the old email subscription (“Subscribe to Michigan Deaf Community by Email”) so please make sure you have already subscribed – either by the new Email Subscription feature or the RSS feed.