An Important Update about IDHHC, SR528 and SB752

The Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) received numerous inquiries asking the difference between Senate Resolution 528 and Senate Bill 752. In response, our Legislative Chairperson Jason Altmann created this VLOG. Additionally, Jason shares IAD’s continuous concerns about the lack of transparency at the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, especially after comments made by Commission […]

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IAD’s Timeline re: IDHHC and Interpreter Licensure

Several weeks ago, the Illinois Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (IRID) released a timeline with their organization’s perspective detailing their activities and involvement with SB752 and HB1811. This timeline was developed by IRID, not the Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD). We are releasing our own timeline to provide a comprehensive list of activities […]

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SB752 Updates

The IAD received notification from Representative Mussman that SB752 will not be called for a vote in the Human Services Committee in time for tomorrow’s deadline. Representative Mussman advised IAD that there is a need to hear from all stakeholders before further action is taken. We fully respect this process. As we have been from […]

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DTV News Spotlights IAD’s Advocacy Work on SB0752

IAD Featured by DTV News for Advocacy Work The Illinois Association of the Deaf’s work with Senate Bill 0752 (SB0752) was spotlighted earlier today by DTV News! Thank you, DTV News, for increasing awareness about the steps taken to position the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) for long-term success.

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IAD’s Response To John Miller’s Written Testimony Re: SB0752

IAD Responds to John Miller’s Written Testimony re: SB0752 Illinois Association of the Deaf Legislative Chair Jason Altmann addresses the number of alternative facts and rumors that are floating around: SB0752 should not and does not narrow the pool of applicants eligible for appointments. The 9th mandate will not require additional funding or staff members to receive, coordinate […]

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Why Accountability is Essential

Former Senator Mary Landrieu was quoted saying, “Accountability at every level is critical, and leadership begins at the top.” Jason Altmann shares that without the Illinois Association of the Deaf holding leadership at the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) accountable for results, Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Illinoisans will continue to […]

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Governor Rauner And IDHHC

Illinois Association of the Deaf President Corey Axelrod and Vice President Kevin Ryan sent a follow-up letter today to Governor Bruce Rauner regarding the concerns with the IDHHC. In the two letters submitted, they addressed the following issues with the IDHHC: Consistent failures to satisfy the 8 mandates in 20 ILCS 3932, titled the Deaf […]

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How Will SB0752 Change IDHHC?

This is a follow-up to our initial announcement regarding Senator Morrison’s introduction of SB0752. In this VLOG, Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) President Corey Axelrod and Legislative Chair Jason Altmann share the specific reasons behind each of the proposed amendments. These changes include, but are not limited to the following: The Illinois Deaf and […]

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SB0752 Introduced Today and Impacts IDHHC

State Senator Julie Morrison of the 29th District introduced SB0752 today! This bill introduces significant changes to improve the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) and positions the IDHHC to best serve the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community. In this VLOG, Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) President Corey Axelrod and […]

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