Petition Closed

RE: DOCKET No. 12-11027

Summary: The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada is proposing to cut funding to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center located in Nevada. These cuts would eliminate many of the services and programs the organization provides to deaf and hard of hearing adults, children and their families. This would have a detrimental impact on the citizens of Nevada and the thousands of deaf people within our communities.

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PETITION STATEMENT


The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center strives to empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals by providing services, educating our community about the rights guaranteed to all Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nevadans and enhancing the quality of life of all we serve. DHHARC's mission focuses on three goals: 1.Support Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to attain independent living, 2. Strive for equal communication access in all aspects of daily life, and 3. Provide educational outreach, community building events and civil rights advocacy programs. All of their services and programs are provided free of charge.

Nevada’s communities have grown and technology has changed the demand for services, referrals, educational outreach and support. There has been a growing demand for equal communication access and attention to the underserved deaf and hard of hearing communities in Nevada. DHHARC fills a vital need within Nevada’s deaf and hard of hearing communities and the cessation of those services would negatively impact all the citizens of Nevada.

We, the undersigned, oppose the recommendations made by the staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, to cut funding to DHHARC. This funding is received from the Department of Health and Human Services/ Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD), which supports programming services for all deaf citizens, and which is federally mandated by both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. We support the programs and services provided by DHHARC, and ask the PUCN to approve the final budget request as submitted by ADSD for fiscal year 2014.

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Letter to
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
1150 E. William Street
Carson City, NV 89701-3109
Fax: (775) 684-6110
Commissioners’ E-mail: christensen@puc.nv.gov

Dear Commissioners:

I am writing as a concerned citizen of Nevada. I've recently been informed that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada is proposing to cut funding to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center. These cuts would eliminate many of the services and programs the organization provides to deaf and hard of hearing adults, children and their families. This would have a detrimental impact on the citizens of Nevada and the thousands of deaf and hard of hearing people within our communities.

I would like to remind you that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that people cannot be discriminated against on the basis of a disability. This would include equal access to federal, state and local governments programs, services, and activities which are to be accessible to individuals with disabilities, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing; and would include all the protections and rights of the ADA.

Nevada’s communities have experienced tremendous growth over the last 10 years. Additionally, current advancements in technology have created an environment which has changed the demand for services, referrals, educational outreach and support, as well as communication access. The demands for services, resource assistance and support have exponentially increased as well. DHHARC fills a vital need within Nevada’s deaf and hard of hearing communities and the cessation of any of the services they provide would negatively impact all the citizens of Nevada.

We are in dire need of more community services for the deaf and hard of hearing citizens within our communities, not less. For that reason, I strongly oppose the recommendations made by the staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, to cut funding to DHHARC. As you are aware, this funding is received from the Department of Health and Human Services /Aging and Disability Services Division (DHHS/ADSD), which supports programming services for all deaf citizens, and which are federally mandated by both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.

I support the programs and services provided by DHHARC, and ask the PUCN to approve the final budget request as submitted by ADSD for fiscal year 2014. Please help us make Nevada a more inclusive and supportive place to call home by assuring the continuation, even the expansion of services and programs provided to the deaf citizens of Nevada.