Maine Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened Seeks New Members Bookmark and Share

May 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2014 CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz 621-5009; Nancy Melanson 623-7958 (voice); 623-7998 (TTY)

Governor LePage encourages people with an experience related to hearing loss to apply

AUGUSTA—The Maine Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened seeks nominations to fill several vacancies. The remaining 2014 meeting dates for the Commission are June 12 and October 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Central Maine Commerce Center in Augusta.

“This Commission encompasses both deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, as well as their family members, teachers, caretakers and others. Those who serve on this commission are performing an important public service,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “I encourage those who have an experience related to hearing loss to attend a meeting and learn more about this opportunity.”

The vacancies are: three Deaf consumers, one family member of Deaf/hard-of-hearing/late-deafened individual with an intellectual disability or mental illness, one Department of Education Representative, one legal representative, two parents of Deaf or hard-of-hearing students, one local educational administrator, one member-at-large—medical or health care professional, one Deaf/hard-of-hearing student and one Registry of the Deaf interpreter.

If you or a family member are interested in serving on the Commission, please email Nancy.A.Melanson@maine.gov . More information about the Commission is available here: http://www.maine.gov/rehab/advisory_councils/dod/index.shtml . The Commission meets four times a year, and the meetings are open to the public.

The Division of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened, part of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) in the Department of Labor, works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more information about hiring people with disabilities or identifying job training resources for people with disabilities, visit your local CareerCenter, call 1-855-ALL-HIRE (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) or visit http://employmentforme.org .

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