Recent Announcements

Thanksgiving Holiday Greeting

November 25, 2015

Reminder: MCDHH will be closed on November 26-27 for Thanksgiving. We will reopen on November 30th at 8:00 am. No E-News will be distributed this week. Please click on the video to view a message from our Executive Director, Opeoluwa Sotonwa.

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E-News (November 20, 2015)

November 20, 2015

The November 20, 2015 E-News has been posted.

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RELEASE: Two New Commissioners Appointed to Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by Gov. Nixon

October 8, 2015

Two New Commissioners Appointed to Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by Gov. Nixon

Ernest Garrett     jones

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.–Two new commissioners were appointed to the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) Thursday afternoon by Governor Jay Nixon. The new commissioners are Ernest E. Garrett III of Fulton and Shelly Jones of St. Louis. Garrett is filling the vacant seat reserved for a representative from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or the Missouri School for the Deaf; Jones is replacing Gloriana Pack in the seat reserved for a sign language interpreter.   Garrett began his current role as the superintendent for Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD) in July 2014. He is the first deaf superintendent to hold this position. Under his leadership, MSD has undergone major reorganization, including a restructure of management, a focus on web communications and social media, and a strengthened partnership with alumni. Prior to this, Garrett was the executive director of the MCDHH and the president and chairman of the board for the National Black Deaf Advocates. Garrett holds a Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Administration from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, AR.   Jones has worked as a sign language interpreter since 1999. She has interpreted in a variety of environments ranging from business to mental health to legal settings. Jones currently interprets for Sorenson Video Relay Service as well as her own private practice. She holds a Master certification for interpreting in both Missouri and Illinois; this is the highest level of certification available in these states. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts in English to ASL Interpretation from William Woods University in Fulton, MO.   MCDHH Executive Director Opeoluwa Sotonwa said he looks forward to working with Garrett and Jones. “He is coming into familiar territory, having served as MCDHH Executive Director,” Sotonwa said of Garrett. “His wealth of experience will be invaluable to the Commission going forward.”   Sotonwa cited Jones’ professional experience as an asset to the Commission. “Jones has been a passionate interpreter for the deaf for more than 15 years. I’m certain she will bring a fresh perspective to the Commission.”   About MCDHH: MCDHH works with individuals, service providers, businesses, organizations, and state agencies to improve the lives and opportunities of all Missourians with hearing loss. It functions as an agency of the state to advocate for public policies, regulations, and programs to improve the quality and coordination of existing services for individuals with hearing loss, and to promote new services whenever necessary. More information about MCDHH and the services it offers are available at ###

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MOU Press Release

July 22, 2015

The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) Thursday, July 17, in order to facilitate a cooperative relationship between sheriffs and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in Missouri. Please click here to read more. Here is the ASL Version:

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Missouri Visor Card

October 29, 2014

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is collaborating with law enforcement agency in Missouri and has received the endorsement of the Missouri Sherriff’s Association to produce Visor Communication Cards to increase better understanding and improve communication between Police Officers and the Deaf and Hard of hearing people in Missouri. MCDHH is now releasing the Visor Communication Cards for the Deaf, Oral Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This card can be kept in vehicles and shown to Police officers whenever a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Missourian is stopped on the road. If you would like a Visor Card, please fill out the form here: Also, please remember, YOU MUST fill out a Deaf Census form available at: You may send both forms to us by email or regular snail mail on the address provided on the forms. Please, note that these cards are only available to residents of Missouri. If you would like to view an ASL video regarding the Visor Communication Card, please click on the video below:

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