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Old 05-12-2011, 06:45 PM
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The NYS Interagency Coordinating Council for Services for Persons who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing is charged with several responsibilities, such as: maintain data on the prevalence of deafness, deaf-blindness and other hearing loss, disseminate information on communication needs and services, and receive and refer complaints to the appropriate regulatory agency. More detailed information is on the Council website: http://cqc.ny.gov/advocacy/interagen...nating-council.

The Council is interested in obtaining suggestions for specific action steps to develop the 2011 strategic plan as well as moving forward with its priorities and identifying future areas of need.

The Council selected five priorities that were identified after an extensive needs assessment process: priority of Interpreters/Support Service Providers in NYS, improving access to assistive technology, improving the quality of the education provided to children who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing, the community at large, and improve the availability of quality mental health services for individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing. We understand that there are many other issues that require attention.

I am seeking your input by asking you to respond to the attached questionnaire. The first five questions are devoted to ideas for actions related to the five priorities identified. The last question is asking you for input on other areas that need to be addressed in the future.

The Council appreciates your time & ideas; this is a critical piece of the planning process. This information obtained from the questionnaires will be summarized and included in the strategic plan that is part of the Council's 2011 report to the Gov & Legislature. The final report will be available in its entirety on the Council's website. Please complete & return to:

NYS Interagency Coordinating Council for Services for Persons who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing Questionnaire

1. The first set of question asks for recommendations related to the priority of Interpreters/Support Service Providers in New York State.
a. What action steps can be taken ensure that that qualified interpreters are available?
b. What action steps can be taken to ensure that Interpreter Referral agencies hire qualified interpreters?
c. What action steps can be taken to address the need to develop standards or possibly certification for interpreters?
d. What action steps can be taken to ensure that Interpreters and Support Service Providers (SSP) are available for individuals who are deaf-blind?

2. The second set of questions is asks for recommendations related the priority for improving access to assistive technology.
a. What action steps can be taken to improve and increase the availability of captioning?
b. What action steps can be taken to improve the availability of Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART)?
c. What action steps can be taken to improve access to, and complete accurate information about, assistive and medical devices, such as T-coils, and cochlear implants?
d. What action steps can be taken to ensure public and private insurance coverage of hearing aids?

3. The third question asks for recommendations related to the priority to improve the quality of the education provided to children who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.

What action steps can be taken to improve the quality of the education provided to children who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing?

4. The next priority is related to the community at large.

What action steps can be taken to improve the publics' understanding of the culture, attributes, and means of communicating with individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing?


5. The last priority asks how can we improve the availability of quality mental health services for individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.

What action steps can be taken to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing?


6. We just discussed the five priority areas identified by the Council for immediate attention. We are now asking for input on other areas of need that require attention for future planning purposes.

What are additional areas of need related to individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing?
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