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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month ...

We thought you might like to read the following articles:
    The Clerc Center:  Jobs & Careers of Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing People
    Hearing Loss of America:  Workplace  
    Job Accommodations Network:  Accommodations & Compliance Issues:  
        Employees with Hearing Loss

WHO, the World Health Organization, tells us that there are 360 million persons
with hearing loss jn the world today.  28 million of these individuals live in the USA;
3.1 million are right here in Florida.  

WHO also states that:  "Adults with hearing loss also have a much higher unemployment
rate.  Among those who are employed, a higher percentage of people with hearing loss
are in the lower grades of employment compared with the general workforce."

Speaking of scary …

Have your civil rights been violated?

The Coordinating Council has heard several scary stories this last month.


A Deaf-Blind individual, with a serious medical condition, was denied medical access because the physicians in is/her area to These are your civil rights! not want to have to pay for interpreter services.

A profoundly deaf, hard of hearing individual was denied access to a public meeting by a major Fortune 500 company because the company not want to pay for an interpreter.

A Deaf individual was denied access to an interpreter by a local court.  Instead, the individual was required to go to court, even though unable to participate in his/her own defense, sign paperwork (which he/she was unable to understand), and attend a treatment program (which he/she still won't understand) in order to avoid being sent to jail. 

These are not suggestions; these are laws.  Persons with hearing loss have the right to communicative access in both public and governmental settings.  If your civil right!  If your rights have been violated, please fill out a public comment card (or send an email to and let us know.  We can help you help yourself unless you do.



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November 20, 2014, 9:00 A.M.. – 6:00 P.M..
November 21, 2014, 9:00 A.M.. – 1:00 P.M..

Conference Call 888-670-3525 (Code 8338411399#)
Communication Access Real-time Translation Services: (CART)

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The FCCDHH will take Public Comments November 20, 2014 from 4:45 P.M.. – 6:00 P.M..

Tallahassee, FL 32118

For more copies of the notice of public meeting, agenda, etc.  Go to the Meetings tab at the top of the homepage.  To attend the meeting -- virtually -- click on the STREAMING CART link on the lower left-hand side of the homepage.

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
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: 

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:
          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.



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

Oct 24, 2014
Deaf Movie "Beyond the Embers" (Palm Springs)
Nov 07, 2014 - Nov 08, 2014
National Theater of the Deaf (Hialeah)
Nov 07, 2014
Nov 07, 2014 - Nov 09, 2014
Deaf Interpreter Series (Jacksonville)