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E-News (February 26, 2021)

February 26, 2021

This week's e-news has been posted.

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Upcoming TEP Sessions

February 3, 2021

MCDHH will resume offering the BEI Test of English Proficiency (TEP) on a limited basis beginning at the end of this month. Testing appointments are available on February 26 (MO residents only), March 18 (MO residents only), March 29, and April 23. Please note that each testing date has its own deadline for paperwork and payment to register.   All of these sessions will be held at the James C. Kirkpatrick Building in Jefferson City, MO. We will continue to follow special procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.   For more information about the test and how to register, please read our Spring 2021 Offsite TEP Checklist: For more information about our safety precautions, please read our COVID-19 TEP Testing Procedures:

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Search for Executive Director

January 28, 2021

Are you looking for an opportunity to lead a highly visible and respected agency whose role is to make improvements for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community? Do you have what it takes to lead a creative, talented, and innovative team? This may be the job for you! Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is now accepting applications for its next Executive Director! Make the next move in your career to Missouri’s capitol, Jefferson City. “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town” sits in the heart of our state alongside the Missouri River, is an affordable place to live, and offers endless ways to make a difference through Missouri’s state government. Learn more about the position and apply online at:

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Resignation Statement of Dr. Opeoluwa Sotonwa

January 13, 2021

Dear Missouri Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community: Some hours ago, I informed the MCDHH board and staff of my intention to step down from my role as MCDHH Executive Director effective March 1st, 2021. It has been the greatest honor of my life to have served Missouri for over six and a half years. I am grateful to each and every person who has served with me and am proud of the progress we have made together. I have worked tirelessly on MCDHH’s behalf, motivated by a single overriding criterion: What is in the best interest of my Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community? The past years have been deeply rewarding for me. On one hand, this was due to the opportunity for enhancing the visibility of the work of MCDHH and helping to pass over twenty pieces of legislation. These projects reaffirmed our enduring values and consequent approach to several policy initiatives, establishment of new programs, training and education, and building new partnerships including our several collaborative efforts and a deeper engagement with the community. On the other hand, the rewarding nature of the work I have been engaged in over these years is also due to the personal relationships that have been forged with many organizations and individuals with whom I have worked closely over that time. This includes MCDHH staff, MCDHH Commissioners (present and past), Board for Certification of Interpreters, State Committee on Interpreters, Missouri Commission on Human Rights, Missouri Association of the Deaf, Hearing Loss Association of America (Greater Saint Louis and Kansas City), Sight and Sound Impaired of Saint Louis, Saint Louis Metro Black Deaf Advocates, DEAF, Inc., Deaf LEAD, Beyond Interpreting, Helen Keller National Center, The Whole Person Inc., Missouri School for the Deaf, Central Institute for the Deaf, The Moog Center for Deaf Education, William Woods University, Florissant Valley Community College, Starkloff Disability Institute, Governor’s Council on Disability, 911 Service Board, MO Relay Service Advisory Committee, Deaf Advisory Council on Mental Health, Deafblind Advisory Committee, interpreters and community members. Thank you all for the great partnerships that have delivered results for Missouri. I am grateful to my boss, Dr. Stephen Barr, who from Day One took me under his wing, provided me with the roadmap to the institutional knowledge of Missouri system, and mentored me to be a better public service leader. While I will miss working with you, Missouri will always be in my heart. I am confident that MCDHH is on a solid footing to continue the important work on behalf of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Missourians. From now until my last day, I will do everything within my power to prepare a smooth transition process as well as assist the board with the process of finding my replacement. Sincerely, Opeoluwa Sotonwa

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Accepting Applications: DeafBlind Programs

July 17, 2020

MCDHH is now accepting applications for the Missouri SSP Program & DeafBlind Scholarship Programs for Independence and Education through August 14, 2020. Learn more about the opportunity using either document format below: PDF Word

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