Our Mission To create an environment in which Idahoans of all ages, who are deaf or hard of hearing, have an equal opportunity to participate as active, responsible, productive, and independent citizens of Idaho
WE INVITE YOU TO PARTICIPATE!
The Council is governed by a nine-member, governor-appointed board. Eleven ex-officio board members represent state agencies and organizations. The Executive Director and staff members administer programs and daily operations.
ABOUT THE COUNCIL
Leading up to 1991, a group of concerned stakeholders agreed that centralized, state-level coordination of deaf and hard of hearing services was lacking in Idaho. They formed a task force, wrote a charter, lobbied the Legislature, and received funding. The Council was approved by the Legislature shortly thereafter.
The CDHH Board includes two persons who are deaf, two who are hard of hearing, a parent of a deaf child, a parent of a hard-of-hearing child, an audiologist, a medical doctor, and a sign language interpreter. The Board sets annual priorities and determines strategic direction. The Board also consists of eleven ex-officio members who represent various state agencies and organizations that have a stake in issues relating to deafness and hearing loss. The Executive Director and staff administer programs and daily operations.
By statute, the Council is responsible for increasing awareness, advocate for equal access, provide information and referral, monitor consumer protection, recommend public policies and programs, conduct research, and submit reports to the Governor and policymakers.
The Board meets quarterly to discuss progress on goals and establish priorities. All of our meetings are open to the public and are completely accessible. We always allow time for citizens to express their views on issues.
Notice of public Board Meetings
Click on hyperlinks below to view meeting agendas/minutes
August 26, 2016
November 18, 2016
January 19, 2017 (Cancelled due to weather)
April 28, 2017
Member who is hard of hearing and who represents an organization of persons who are hard of hearing
Boise, Idaho – (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2018
Member who is deaf and who represents an organization of persons who are deaf
Meridian, Idaho – (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2018
Joelynne Ball (Chairperson)
Member who is an interpreter
Nampa, Idaho – (2nd term) Term Expires 7/1/2018
Member who is the parent of a child who is hard of hearing
Boise, Idaho – (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2019
Member who is the parent of a child who is deaf
Nampa, Idaho – (2nd term) Term expires 7/1/2019
Jacob Robison M.D.
Member who is a physician
Boise, ID – (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2019
David “Jerry” Wilding
Member who is deaf
Gooding, Idaho – (2nd term) Term Expires 7/1/2019
Russell “Russ” Patterson
Member who is hard of hearing and is over the age of 60
Rathdrum, Idaho – (4th term) Term Expires 7/1/2018
Member who is an audiologist
Kuna, Idaho – (2nd term) Term Expires 7/1/2017