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System Advocacy

System Advocacy

Studies are conducted to make recommendations to the community, service providers, governmental agencies and general assembly regarding any action that may facilitate and reform or streamline the provision of community-based and general governmental services to the deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind communities.

Policy makers, administrators, service providers and community members are engaged in the process from the research phase to the implementation phase. An actionable strategic plan to guide the community with transformation of the program/service, as well as the implementation of the recommendations, is the ultimate goal of the CCDHH.

Collaborative planning support is an integral part of system advocacy work. Efforts with community stakeholders to ensure programs are culturally and linguistically accessible are vital, as time and funding are of the essence.

Aging services and residential facilities:

Work was conducted to:

  1. identify how many deaf residents live in assisted living and nursing facilities and ensure full accessibility for those residents;
  2. consult with the Colorado Deaf Senior Citizens Coalition, while they are in quest for a retirement community for people who use visual language; and
  3. ensure access to elder resources in the state.

Centralized auxiliary services for the Executive Branch:

Efforts are being made to ensure an efficient, affordable and one-stop center for scheduling auxiliary services for state agencies within the Executive Branch.

Colorado Daylight Partnership (CDP):

A collaborative effort led by the Mental Health Center of Denver and CCDHH is designed to provide technical assistance to Colorado publicly-funded behavioral healthcare providers who desire to advance access to services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind Coloradans.

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DeafBlind services/programs:

A deafblind task force has been convening to:

  1. research the needs of deaf-blind Coloradans;
  2. document how other states serve this population; and
  3. devise a road map to achieve the goals for implementation of needed services in Colorado.

Deaf Education Blueprint:

Through CCDHH’s grant program, the Colorado Association of the Deaf, Colorado Families for Hands and Voices and the Rocky Mountain Deaf School collaborated to re-draft the report (A Blueprint for Closing the Gap) of the Colorado deaf education reform task force, commissioned by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in 2002 with seven agreements, including an effort to legislate a state-wide steering committee to implement the six remaining agreements and address other systemic gaps or issues.

Cliff Moers
Director
P 720 949 7462

Please contact CCDHH if you have questions or need more information about any of the system advocacy projects.

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