SAVE THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING ADVOCACY RESOURCE CENTER!
  • Petitioned The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada

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The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada

SAVE THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING ADVOCACY RESOURCE CENTER!

    1. Nevada Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
    2. Petition by

      Nevada Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

      Las Vegas, NV

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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    News

    1. Update

      The PUC will render their decision on May 29th. We can only hope that we were able to do enough in this short time to help assure the continuance of the services provided by this fine organization. Thank you all for your support and help, and for allowing us and the DHHARC to be a vital part of the Deaf community. We look forward to working with each of you as together we make a difference in the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nevadans.

    2. Update Continued

      So, the question before the PUCN is STILL whether or not to approve the funding, as proposed by ADSD, of an organization whose services and programs have previously been funded without question. The answer is of course a resounding "YES"! The Commissioners will make their decision before the end of May. We still need your help and support! Please continue to share the petition and ask everyone you know to sign it.

    3. UPDATE

      The Pubic Utilities Commission of Nevada held the hearing on April 16, 2013. Testimony was offered, many questions asked, and no conclusion was reached. It was obvious that there was a reoccurring theme throughout the hearing...why after years of unwavering support and funding of this successful program, as mandated by federal law and state law, are we having this hearing? It would seem that we were not the only ones questioning the justification and reasons for staff recommendations. The outcome was that the Commissioners have asked for legal briefings addressing the role of advocacy in the funding equation and researching legal precedence based on current laws and state statutes and historical legislative information. Specifically; they issued a procedural order which is requesting that parties; 1. Address whether or not the advocacy should be funded by the surcharge, and 2. Explain why the designation of funds for NRS 427A.797 (2) (a-c) is different from NRS 427A.

    4. Over 300 So Far!

      The hearing is April 16th,..so little time,..so many signatures to gather! Please help! Share this page link with your contacts. Every signature makes a difference!

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Reached 200 signatures
    7. TIME IS RUNNING OUT--HELP US SAVE DHHARC!

      Thank you to everyone for taking a minute from your busy day to help us! We do not have much time,...please help us reach out to those you know by sharing the link to our petition. We have posted on facebook and LinkedIn and as we move forward on trying to save this worthwhile organiztion,..I ask you each to please help us get the word out!

    8. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Mike Woodbury TOPEKA, KS
      • about 1 year ago

      At least work with the resource center to make it self-sustaining, possibly through federal funding or grants. This is an important resource.

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    • Kc Harrison WINNEMUCCA, NV
      • about 1 year ago

      As a twenty-eight year Special Education teacher in Rural Nevada, I have taught the Deaf & Hard of Hearing only to learn that the educational resources available to them are woefully limited. Should these meager resources be cut even further, we, the citizens of Nevada, would be accomplices to the theft of a free and appropriate public education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing kids--denying them the opportunity to compete on equal footing for a bright future in our job market. Don't be an accomplice to the theft of a reasonable education from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Stand up, support the programs and services provided by DHHARC & demand the PUCN approve the final budget request as submittted by ADSD for fiscal year 2014!!! Please join us. SIGN THIS PETITION!!!!

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    • Stephanie Mitchell HENDERSON, NV
      • about 1 year ago

      DHHAR is very important for deaf and hard of hearing. It provides information pertaining services such as interpreters, legal, and education. That is something we could not find by googling. Please consider equal right that those computer, and technology specialists do not provide.

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    • andrea michaels HENDERSON, NV
      • about 1 year ago

      We need to have resources to help us serve our clients

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    • Linda Piontek KIRKLAND, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I think this has never been addressed like Cancer or other such dieases. It is time that this is addressed and we need to educate people and support programs across America for those people that are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing. This is a real Disability.

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