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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!

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

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

January 21, 2016
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 Minutes

April 22, 2016
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Minutes 

August 26, 2016
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 Minutes

November 18, 2016

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Minutes 

January 19, 2017  (Cancelled due to weather)
Agenda
 Minute

 April 28, 2017

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Minutes

 

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Emilie Banasiak

Emilie Banasiak

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
emiliebanasiak@hamiltonrelay.com

 

StevenBirkby

Steven Birkby

Member who is deaf and who represents an organization of persons who are deaf

Meridian, Idaho – (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2018
Steven.birkby@iesdb.org

 

Joelynne Ball

Joelynne Ball (Chairperson)

Member who is an interpreter

Nampa, Idaho – (2nd term) Term Expires 7/1/2018
joelynne.ball@gmail.com

 

Gretchen Fors

Member who is the parent of a child who is hard of hearing

Boise, Idaho – (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2019
gretchen.fors@gmail.com

 

Heidi Jeffs

Heidi Jeffs

Member who is the parent of a child who is deaf

Nampa, Idaho – (2nd term) Term expires 7/1/2019
t.bluebonnets@hotmail.com

 

Jacob Robison

Jacob Robison M.D.

Member who is a physician

Boise, ID – (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2019
RobisoJ@slhs.org

 

JerryWilding

David “Jerry” Wilding

Member who is deaf

Gooding, Idaho – (2nd term) Term Expires 7/1/2019
jewild39@gmail.com

 

Russ Patterson

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
rpatterarcher@gmail.com

 

Kate Savage

Member who is an audiologist

Nampa, Idaho  (1st term) Term Expires 7/1/2020
savagek@slhs.org