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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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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