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ACE

Advocacy Coalition for Equality

Advocacy Coalition for Equality (ACE)

is a professional resource network serving deaf, hard-of-hearing, or deaf-blind Coloradans. It is the goal of ACE to advance technical assistance for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind through collaboration.

Intended Goal of the Summits

The purpose of the three Summits every state fiscal year (June 30 to July 1) are to cross-train on what partners have to offer or are developing, share concerns, and develop services together, and to advise on work group efforts. The areas of focus are: one-on-one advocacy, information sharing, and equal access in the justice system.

Information Sharing Workgroup

Description

Develop an ongoing mechanism for information sharing among technical assistance providers for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind individuals, in order to increase collaboration and coordination.

Intended Outcome

The outcome is easy access to information across providers and better collaboration (e.g. leveraging each other’s services, decreasing duplication, being more efficient with collective resources), leading to better access to services for client.

One-on-One Advocacy Workgroup

Description

To develop greater capacity for 1-on-1 advocacy among technical assistance providers specializing in services for deaf, hard-of-hearing, or deaf-blind individuals.

Intended Outcome

Greater access to a variety of one-on-one advocacy services, including:

  • Active Advocacy / Navigator: Hands-on, in person support.
  • Empowerment: Providing assistance while encouraging and supporting independence.
  • Modeling advocacy / training on self-advocacy: Supporting an individual with knowledge, skills, and modeling/roleplaying to address a barrier (modeling/roleplaying defined as allowing someone to experience a possible situation and discuss what appropriate responses would be).
  • Paperwork / Information: Assisting with filling out paperwork, especially in a second language.

Equal Access to the Justice System Workgroup

Description

Develop technical assistance to ensure deaf, hard-of- hearing, and deaf-blind individuals have equal access in the civil, criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Intended Outcomes

  • Increased client access to attorneys.
  • Increased client access to communication in justice settings, through auxiliary services—interpreters, and CART providers.
  • Increased client access to communication in justice settings, through auxiliary aids—technology based; e.g., videophones, CapTel captioned phones, flashing lights for warning systems, audio induction loop systems, etc.
  • Outcomes improved for clients, including more appropriate placement outcomes such as mental health facility versus a jail for individual access to the justice system.
  • Better informed justice system personnel including law enforcement, dispatch, court systems, and Department of Corrections.

Intended Goal
The goal is to improve technical assistance for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people through the collaborative efforts of the different entities involved with the EAJS work group. The area of focus is effective communication access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals involved with the justice system.

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