The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (ODHHS) Advisory Committee:
- Represents individuals who identify as Deaf, deaf, deaf-blind/DeafBlind, hard of hearing, or late-deafened.
- Assists DHS in identifying the needs and concerns of individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
- Makes recommendations to DHS related to the full achievement of economic, social, legal, and political equity for the Deaf and hard of hearing community.
- Advises DHS on how state services for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing might be improved or better coordinated to meet the needs of these individuals.
- Advises DHS on how to best provide information to individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing about where they may obtain assistance in rehabilitation and employment and about laws prohibiting discrimination in employment as a result of disability.
- Advises DHS on how to best cooperate with interest groups in rehabilitation and employment for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and encourages public and private employers to undertake affirmative action to ensure equitable employment of individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
- Advises DHS on how to effectively promote information and education to employers and the general public to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and to increase opportunities for equitable education and training that shall ensure these individuals have the opportunity to reach their full vocational potential.
Members of the ODHHS Advisory Committee are appointed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Director. The Advisory Committee meets at least six times a year to represent the interests of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Oregonians and to provide feedback and recommendations to the DHS Director. This committee strives to maintain a balance of perspectives among its 12 members to represent individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind/DeafBlind, Deaf/hard of hearing with additional disabilities, family members of Deaf/hard of hearing people, and professionals who serve Deaf and hard of hearing people.
The Executive Committee consists of two co-chairs and an at-large member and meets throughout the year to help the Advisory Committee accomplish its work in the most efficient way. The Executive Committee facilitates decision-making between Advisory Committee meetings or in the case of a crisis or other urgent circumstances.
All committee meetings are open to the public. Please follow the links below to see our full Advisory Committee and Executive Committee meeting dates, locations, times and current members.
ODHHS Advisory Committee Application
We occasionally have positions open on our Advisory Committee. If you are interested in being considered for membership on the committee, email a completed application form along with a resume (if you have one) and a letter of recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org