Mission Statement

The mission of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is to promote and advocate for Nebraskans who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing; to achieve equality and opportunity in social, educational, vocational, and legal aspects impacting their daily lives; and to enhance and monitor access to effective communication and telecommunication technology.



Vision Statement

As a proactive and reactive state agency, the Commission strives to enhance collaboration by creating support, cooperation, and understanding to achieve fairness and equality in all aspects of the mainstream for all Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Nebraskans.



Goals and Objectives

  1. Provide and promote services and training to create awareness through the delivery of programs designed to empower Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Nebraskans
    1. Educate consumers on their legal rights under federal and state laws
    2. Educate consumers on available technology, equipment and telecommunication access options and services
    3. Train consumers on self-empowerment and self-advocacy
    4. Advocate to service providers, organizations, and governmental agencies in support of the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing person(s) to assure that the rights and benefits are available to that consumer
    5. Educate parents of Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing children about opportunities available to their children
    6. Advocate with parents to assure equal access to quality education for their Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and/or Hard of Hearing children
  2. Implement and maintain programs through collaboration with consumer groups, the Governor, legislature, organizations, service providers, and governmental agencies and units
    1. Establish access to effective and accessible communication through various mediums
    2. Identify and collaborate with stakeholders, agencies, organizations, hospitals, social service entities, law enforcement agencies and educational institutions to identify gaps in service and work together to resolve those issues and build a relationship in the process
    3. Educate consumers and especially low income families on acquisition and use of telecommunication through internet accessibility
    4. Educate staffs at hospitals, jails, law enforcement and care facilities regarding access rights and reasonable accommodations for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing clients
    5. In collaboration with appropriate state agencies and service providers, promote the establishment and installation of public access videophones
    6. Collaborate with various organizations to help Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals access personal-social programs and other types of programs
    7. Collaborate with agencies and consumers on home and community disaster preparedness plans.
    8. In collaboration with appropriate state agencies and service providers, promote the establishment and implementation of accurate weather alerting services through weather and general emergency alerting devices
    9. Work closely with parent groups, Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing organizations, and school units to empower Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing students through developing leadership skills and deaf awareness activities
    10. Work closely with higher education institutions to develop better sign language skills in teachers and interpreters
  3. Initiate, broaden and maintain the collection and dissemination of information regarding the strategies for living with, the prevention of, and the impact of deafness and hearing loss
    1. Promote community awareness about programs and services operated by NCDHH
    2. Initiate a viable and reliable system for developing a census of the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing people in Nebraska
    3. Update the media lending library and newsletters in order to increase usage by clients
    4. Provide information through the NCDHH web page by increasing the use of vlogs and video presentations and by redesigning the web site
    5. Develop information packets and resources on home safety issues for placement on the NCDHH website
    6. Research, gather and expand the dissemination of information through electronic and/or visual mediums
    7. Disseminate brochures and service information on a scheduled basis to identified groups such as audiologists, professional groups, hospitals, nursing homes, Interpreter Training Programs, and private business groups
    8. Increase traffic to our web site using contact with other agencies; e.g., insert our links to other web sites
  4. Ensure and monitor full access to comprehensive and appropriate mental health, alcoholism and substance abuse services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing persons by collaborating with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and behavioral health service providers
    1. Create recommended strategies to assist adults and youth in coping with late onset of hearing loss
    2. Establish a domestic violence/sexual assault support system in Nebraska
    3. Establish an alcohol drug/substance abuse support system in Nebraska
    4. Establish training programs to educate staffs at all Nebraska behavioral health programs
    5. Provide mental health/substance abuse training to certified and licensed interpreters in Nebraska
    6. Establish local support systems with mental health providers, domestic violence programs, regional programs
    7. Identify, contact and provide hearing loss/deaf awareness to agencies, programs & services that provide mental health, addictions and abuse services (support groups, eating disorder clinics, AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), communication access, equipment and technology for existing programs)
    8. Work closely with NCDHH Staff Assistant for IT and Interpreter Program Assistant to provide information mental health-related topics and issues through the NCDHH web page by increasing the use of vlogs and video presentations and by redesigning the web site (See 4. D.)
  5. Ensure and implement access to effective and quality interpreting services by collaborating with consumer groups, organizations, service providers, and governmental agencies and units
    1. Promote and/or provide interpreter training in cooperation with other organizations and agencies
    2. Monitor the licensing of sign language interpreters
    3. Promote and encourage sign language interpreters to be certified and licensed in Nebraska
    4. Provide review of alleged violations of rules and regulations governing the sign language interpreters
    5. Recruit qualified interpreters
    6. Implement and maintain an effective and efficient referral system
    7. Implement and maintain a system to measure, maintain and improve interpreter’s skills
    8. Inform consumer groups and agencies how to use an interpreter, use of complaint procedures, and the NCDHH referral system
    9. Establish a system for recognizing Nebraska interpreters
    10. Coordinate with state and national interpreter groups to ensure maintenance of certification