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Welcome to the Florida Coordinating Council For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing

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Celebrate Effective Communication ...

In 1990, President George H. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilites Act.
This year, the ADA is 24 years old.

If you've been denied effective communication, please let the council know by
going to "Contact Us" and filling out a short form online. 


Marlee Matllin Teams with ACLU

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Actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf and the wife of a police officer, teamed up with ACLU and advocacy group HEARD, on an American Sign Language video to ensure deaf people know their rights when interacting with law enforcement.

When police officers don't realize deaf and hard of hearing people can't hear them, it has led to police officers brutally assaulting deaf people and other tragedies.

While this video aims to ensure that deaf people know their rights, they can only do so much. It is the responsibility of police departments to ensure that their officers are adequately trained.

We are calling on the Department of Justice to conduct trainings with local police departments on how to better interact with the deaf and hard of hearing.

For more information, go to https://www.aclu.org/deafrights
Reprint of NAD E-zine Blast.


 


Need An Interpreter?

To find an interpreter, please consult the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) searchable interpreter data base.  Please use "Florida" and your "City" in the Search criteria.  Click here to access the searchable interpreter data base:  https://www.rid.org/acct-app/index.cfm?action=search.members 


Bills Proposed for the 2014-2015 Regular Legislative Session Related to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Subjects
Final Bill Status as of 5-5-14

HB 417 Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind by Renuart - Died in committee without a hearing
Summary
General: Revises provisions relating to legislative budget requests for operations & fixed capital outlay; requires FSDB Board of Trustees to approve LBRs & submit to DOE for inclusion in DOE's LBRs to State Board of Education, Governor, & Legislature.
Effective Date: July 1, 2014.
Status: The bill has three committees of reference and is in its first committee stop. It is unlikely this bill will complete the process this year. This bill has no Senate companion.

CS/HB 591 Newborn Health Screening by Health and Human Services Committee; Harrell – Passed 4/24/14
Summary
General: Authorizes State Public Health Laboratory to release results of newborn's hearing & metabolic tests or screenings to newborn's health care practitioner; requires audiologist to provide parent or guardian with contact information of certain service providers; requires audiologist or designee to electronically transmit consent form. Effective Date: July 1, 2014.
Status: The bill has three committees of reference and has passed each committee and full vote of the House. The bill is in messages to the Senate.

CS/CS/HB 849 Service Animals by Judiciary Committee and Government Operations Subcommittee and Smith (CO-SPONSORS) Moskowitz; Pilon; Stewart – Passed in the House; died in a Senate committee
Summary
General: Requires public accommodation to permit use of service animal by individual with disability; provides conditions for public accommodation to exclude or remove service animal; revises penalties to include community service for certain persons or entities who interfere with use of service animal; provides equal access to housing accommodations for individual with disability accompanied by emotional support animal; provides conditions under which housing accommodation may request documentation of qualifying disability; provides penalty for knowing & willful misrepresentation with respect to use or training of service animal.
Effective Date: July 1, 2014.
Status: The bill has three committees of reference and is in its third committee. This bill is a similar companion bill to CS for SB 1146.

HB 1125 Interpreters for Individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind by Porter; Hudson, Co-sponsors Rooney; Beshears; Fitzhagen; Pafford; Pilon; Rehwinkel Vasalinda; Saunders, Stewart.; Williams – Died in committee without a hearing
Summary
General: Creates Board of Interpreters for Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Deaf-Blind within DBPR; authorizes board to adopt rules; requires licensure of professional interpreters for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; establishes fees for applications, licenses, license renewal, & administration; provides requirements for licensure, license by endorsement, license renewal, continuing education, & provisional license; provides that licensee must have active license to engage professionally as interpreter; provides for election of license status and requirements to change status; requires DBPR to provide certain notice to licensee by specified time; prohibits certain acts & provides penalties; prohibits use of public funds to employ unlicensed interpreter; prohibits certain employment or subcontracting of unlicensed interpreter.
Effective Date: July 1, 2014
Status: This bill has three committees of reference and is in its first committee stop. It is unlikely this bill will complete the process this year. This bill is similar to SB 1304.

HB 5103 Students with Disabilities by Education Appropriations Subcommittee and Choice & Innovation Subcommittee and Bileca – Died in committee
Summary
General: Establishes Florida Personal Learning Account Program to enable parents of students with disabilities to customize their child's education using wide range of instructional services; provides student eligibility, responsibilities for program participation, administration & funding of Florida Personal Learning Accounts, & DOE, nonprofit scholarship-funding organization, & school district obligations.
Effective Date: July 1, 2014
Status: This bill has two committees of reference and was temporarily deferred in its second committee. It is unlikely this bill will complete the process this year. This bill has a companion in the other chamber. CS for SB 1512 is a compare bill.

HB 7031 Education by K-12 Subcommittee and Adkins (co-sponsors) Campbell; Porter – Passed 5/1/14 and enrolled on 5/2/14
Summary
General: Revises & repeals various provisions relating to education; revises course & assessment requirements for promotion to high school & for award of standard high school diploma; provides course & assessment requirements for graduation for certain cohorts of high school students transitioning to new graduation requirements; revises & conforms provisions relating to selection & purchase of instructional materials, statewide assessment program, education personnel, & educational facilities.
Effective Date: Upon becoming law
Status: This bill has one committee of reference and has passed that committee and a favorable vote on the floor. The bill has been sent to the Senate and assigned to a committee. This bill is similar to CS for SB 1226.

CS for CS for CS SB 722 Newborn Health Screening by Judiciary, Children, Families and Elder Affairs, Health Policy and Garcia, Co-sponsors Bean; Richter; Soto – Laid on the table 4/23/14; refer to HB 591
Summary
General: Authorizing the State Public Health Laboratory to release the results of a newborn’s hearing and metabolic tests or screenings to the newborn’s health care practitioner; requiring a health care practitioner to provide an opportunity for the parent or legal guardian of a child who is diagnosed with a hearing impairment to provide contact information so that he or she may receive information directly from specified service providers; requiring the health care practitioner to transmit the information; requiring the Department of Health to post a list of certain service providers and institutions, etc.
Effective Date: July 1, 2014
Status: This bill has four committees of reference and is in its fourth committee stop. This bill is similar to CS/HB 591 which has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

CS for SB 1146 Service Animals by Commerce and Tourism; Altman – Died in committee
Summary
General: Requiring a public accommodation to permit use of a service animal by an individual with a disability under certain conditions; providing conditions for a public accommodation to exclude or remove a service animal; revising penalties to include community service for certain persons or entities who interfere with use of a service animal in specified circumstances; providing equal access to housing accommodations for an individual with a disability accompanied by an emotional support animal; providing conditions under which a landlord may request documentation of a qualifying disability; providing a penalty for fraud with respect to use or training of a service animal, etc.
Effective Date: July 1, 2014
Status: This bill has three committees of reference. It is in its second committee stop. This bill is similar to CS/CS/HB 849.

CS/SB 1226 Education by Education; Montford – Laid on the table; refer to HB 7031
Summary
General: Requiring the Auditor General to notify the Legislative Auditing Committee if a district school board fails to take corrective action subsequent to an audit; revising the definition of the term “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards”; revising Department of Education duties relating to the public broadcasting program system; revising course and assessment requirements for the award of a standard high school diploma; revising the effective date of the Adults with Disabilities Workforce Education Pilot Program, etc.
Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Status: This bill has two committee of reference and has passed it second committee. This bill is similar to HB 7031.

SB 1304 Interpreters for Person Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing by Altman; Co-sponsor Evers - Died in committee without a hearing
Summary
General: Creating the Board of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; providing requirements to receive a license or permit; providing continuing education requirements; providing fees; prohibiting certain actions by individuals, etc.
Effective Date: October 1, 2014
Status: This bill has three committee of reference. It is currently in its first committee. This bill is similar to HB 1125. It does not appear likely that either bill will complete the process this year.

CS/SB 1512 Students with Disabilities by Education; Stargel; co-introducers Thrasher; Gardiner; Galvano – Died on the Special Order Calendar
Summary
General: Establishing the Florida Personalized Accounts for Learning; specifying criteria for students who are eligible to participate in the program; prohibiting specific providers, schools, institutions, school districts, and other entities from sharing, refunding, or rebating program funds; requiring a school district to notify the parent regarding the option to participate in the program; specifying the school district’s responsibilities for completing a matrix of services and notifying the Department of Education of the completion of the matrix, etc.
Effective Date: July 1, 2014 except as otherwise noted in the Act
Status: This bill has three committee of reference. It is currently in its second committee. This bill has a companion in the other chamber. CS/HB 5103 is a compare bill.


For a full copy of the bill text and information on the bill history and final status, go to Online Sunshine at:
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Welcome/index.cfm?CFID=13524283&CFTOKEN=37887084
 

Want to track a bill?


There are a number of different ways to do it, but this seemed the easiest method so far:
Click on this link: 
     http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/
          Click on “Bills” along the bar at the top of the screen (under the seal)
           Underneath the red bar, set “Chamber” to “Both”. 
          Type the number of the bill, i.e. 1125.
                    If you don’t know the number, use a key or phrases.
          Click on the name of the bill to see all the details.


Grant:  Advocate in Disability Awards

The Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) program awards and encourages a young adult with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26 who is dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. The program also supports an innovative project developed by the recipient to serve and empower individuals with disabilities.  Funded by both The HSC Foundation and the Sarah Beth Coyote Foundation, the selected recipient is awarded $3,000 in recognition of his or her disability advocacy and will receive up to an additional $7,000 in funding support for a project to benefit the disability community. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application submission and recipient selection.  http://www.hscfoundation.org/Awards_Programs


 THE FLORIDA COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR THE DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING:

The Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, hereafter referred to as the “Coordinating Council,” is mandated by F.S. § 413.271 to serve as an advisory and coordinating body which recommends policies that address the needs of Florida’s deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deaf-blind (hereafter referred to collectively as “hearing loss”) community. The Coordinating Council serves as a resource for deaf and hard-of-hearing Floridians who need some assistance with everyday needs including employment, education, and access to services.

Whether providing technical assistance to individuals, governmental agencies and other private or public organizations, or providing the resources to allow individuals to help themselves, the Coordinating Council is dedicated to assisting the nearly 3 million Floridians affected by hearing loss. The Coordinating Council’s technical assistance allows both public and private entities to better and more efficiently serve persons with hearing loss and their families. This information can also help those entities avoid costly and unnecessary litigation resulting from violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws and statutes that provide for protection of civil rights.

Upcoming Events

Aug 04, 2014 - Aug 08, 2014
2014 Mental Health Interpreter Training
Aug 07, 2014
FINAL DCF Advisory Committee Meeting (West Palm Beach)
Aug 09, 2014 - Aug 10, 2014
Lou Ferrigno at 2014 PENSACOLA PARA CON
Sep 08, 2014 - Sep 09, 2014
American Sign Language (ASL) For Families (Miami / Miami Lakes)