The Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Full Board voted to add an Education Advocate to the agency team to provide assistance to clients who are experiencing educational and/or vocational needs in the school setting. Our Education Advocate focuses on advocating for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the education setting which includes: ensuring students in Nebraska have equal communication access with the same opportunity to compete and learn, and to work collaboratively to improve the education system in our state.

If you, your child, or someone you know is in need of support, advocacy, information or resources, please contact Susan Whitaker, at




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Governor Ricketts signed LB 965 into law. LEAD-K stands for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids. The bill will establish a language assessment program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Under LB 965 will be an advisory committee. NCDHH and NDE are looking for qualified applicants to apply for the committee, dedicated to compile data from assessments and research program. The role of the advisory committee is to identify existing resources already developed and made available for use by families, local education agencies, individual family service programs or individual education plans.

LEAD-K Appointment List
LEAD-K Advisory Committee - Subcommittee Lists

LEAD-K Full Report

LB 965 Annual Report: Language & Literacy Development Milestones for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

LEAD-K Final Report

LEAD-K Committee & Subcommittee Minutes / Notes

1.21.2021 Qualifications and Training Subcommittee notes
1.23.2021 Considerations Related to Implementation Subcommittee notes
2.8.2021 Assessment Tools and Milestone notes
2.10.2021 Qualifications and Training Subcommittee notes
2.11.2021 Reporting Results and Database notes
2.18.2021 Consideration Related to Implementation notes
3.10.2021 Qualifications and Training Subcommittee Minutes
3.15.2021 Assessment and Milestone Subcommittee Minutes
4.6.2021 Reporting Results and Database Minutes
4.14.2021 Qualifications and Training Subcommittee Meeting Notes
4.22.2021 Considerations Related to Implementation Meeting Notes
4.26.2021 Assessment Committee Notes
5.24.2021 & 6.21.2021 Assessment Committee Notes
6.10.2021 LEAD-K Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
6.17.2021 Considerations Related to Implementation Subcommittee Notes