System Advocacy | Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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    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.

    Below are the system advocacy projects that CCDHH is currently undertaking.

    Advocacy Coalition for Equality (ACE) – A coalition, made up of professionals from public and private sectors that provide technical assistance to deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind individuals, is working to: 1) promote networking among the agencies; 2) build capacity for a one-on-one advocacy system, and 3) ensure effective access to communication in the justice system.

    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 departments which could include the Executive Branch and its units.

    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.

    Communication Access Fund for legal services (CAF) – Work continues to create a centralized fund for access to legal services for deaf, hard-of-hearing, or deaf-blind clients outside of the courtroom.

    Deaf-blind services/programs – A task force deaf-blind members, 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 carry forward and implement the six remaining agreements.

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