Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN) has sent a formal coalition letter to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaign teams, proposing an introductory meeting with the representatives of both presidential campaigns to discuss initiatives in public policy and leadership. This is a joint effort of a national coalition of 17 consumer and professional organizations in the deaf and hard of hearing community. The seventeen organizations are the following:

  • American Association of the Deaf-Blind
  • American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association
  • Association of Late-Deafened Adults
  • California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Communication Service for the Deaf
  • Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf
  • Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network
  • Deaf in Government
  • Deaf Seniors of America
  • Gallaudet University Alumni Association
  • Hearing Loss Association of America
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
  • Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind

Those organizations listed above represent approximately 48 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, deafblind, and deaf-mobile which accounts for at least fifteen percent of the entire American population. About 20 representatives from the list of coalition organizations will be in the meeting. The meeting is held in the first floor conference room at Peikoff Alumni House on the Gallaudet University campus, which is located at 800 Florida Avenue Northeast, Washington, D.C.

The initiatives developed by this coalition include a total of 75 recommendations in seven subject areas, which include the following:

  • Civil Rights Protection & Enforcement
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Housing
  • Telecommunications, Information Services, and Video Programming
  • Transportation

This letter also urges the new Administration to be supportive and innovative, rallying all involved stakeholders to make sure our needs and issues are met so that we can have opportunities equal to our hearing peers to succeed in every stage of life.

Links to letters:

Hillary Clinton Administration Letter: Click HERE

Donald Trump Administration Letter: Click HERE