TOPEKA – The Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH), in partnership with the Kansas State School for the Deaf and the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture, hosted Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day at the Capitol today, Topeka. The event drew more than 50 deaf and hard of hearing students from across Kansas to the State Capitol Building, and offered presentations from community partners, more than 10 informational booths and gave students a chance to meet with their local legislators. Interpreters were on hand throughout the day to assist with conversation.
“The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day at the Capitol is all about awareness. It gives the deaf community an opportunity to see the booths and it is encouraging folks statewide to come and learn what resources are available to them,” KCDHH Executive Director Robert Cooper said. “It also allows for service providers to learn about partners that are available, so that relationships can be built and programs can be strengthened.”
KCDHH is a part of the Rehabilitation Services (RS) division of the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). The mission of KCDHH is to advocate for and facilitate equal access to quality, coordinated and comprehensive services that enhance the life of Kansans who are deaf and hard of hearing. They do this through information and referral, advocacy and public education. KCDHH also works with agencies and organizations throughout Kansas to ensure availability and coordination of services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, including communication access. KCDHH maintains the state’s registry of qualified sign language interpreters in order to track interpreters’ credentials, areas of expertise and geographic areas of practice.
(KCDHH Executive Director Robert Cooper addresses deaf and hard of hearing individuals at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day at the Capitol on March 6, Topeka.)