The Missouri Senate is planning to hold a public hearing for SB 749 on Wednesday, February 26, at 8:00 a.m. This bill aims to require insurance companies to cover hearing aids for children up to 18 years of age. If you are interested in testifying at this hearing, please contact MCDHH.

Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Legislative Day at the Missouri State Capitol will be March 2, 2020 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Join MCDHH to show your support of the many issues legislators are considering that impact our community, including language assessment, hearing aid coverage and insurance, service animals, Deaf awareness month, and several additional bills. This event will include remarks from legislators and community leaders, informational booths, and meetings with your representatives. A confirmed schedule will be announced before the event.

Applications for the Hearing Aid Distribution Program are now available! This program was established this year with the passage of Senate Bill 101. Visit our website here for more information.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Empowerment Symposium Series

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is proud to announce the three panelists for the Kansas City and Springfield area. Each individual will share the intersectionality of the Deaf community and their experience navigating the world with their identity. The Kansas City panelists are: Carmen McRoy, Lucy Crabtree, and Dr. Tom Wiggins. The Springfield panelists are: Joy L. Patterson, Holly Metcalf, and Ashley Bryan.

Three to four panelist are needed for each city: St. Louis and Fulton. We are looking for Deaf, Deaf-blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals to the participant the panel discussion. If you know or recommend any, please email our Deaf Community Advocate, Christopher D. Johnson.

To register at one of the symposiums, please email Mr. Johnson at

2020 MCDHH Commission Meetings

Thursday, March 26

Thursday, June 18

October, Date TBD

Community Announcements

Project CLIMB’s Legal Interpreter Training (LIT) program is now accepting applications! Learn more and access the application on their website here.

Looking for resources for legal interpreting? Check out Project CLIMB’s mentoring toolkit here.

DEAF, Inc. is searching for its next interpreting department manager and a staff interpreter. Click here to learn more about each position.

MT & Associates is searching for a staff sign language interpreter/customer relationship manager. Click here for the full posting with more information.

Scholarship Opportunity (Black Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing students, and Deafblind) attending any public or private college/university:

Announcement from the Governor’s Council on Disability in collaboration with Missouri School for the Deaf, MU College of Education, MU-Pre-Employment Transition Services, Paraquad, MCDHH, and Vocational Rehabilitation: The 1st Annual Leadership Development Program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (LDPDHH) — free for D/deaf and hard of hearing students — will be held June 18-21, 2020 at Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, Missouri. LDPDHH is a 4-day career leadership training program for high school students who are deaf/hard of hearing, ages 16 – 21 to learn about leadership, mentorship and career development skills. Click here for more information.

Missouri Technology Corporation is now accepting applications for funds to help launch and grow high-tech startups headquartered in Missouri through Missouri IDEA (Innovation, Development, and Entrepreneurship Advancement) Funds.  Missouri IDEA Funds are a co-investment opportunity that promotes the formation and growth of businesses that engage in the transfer of science and technology into job creation. The funds provide financing to eligible businesses through four components that correspond to the four stages of growth for investment-grade, high-growth enterprises. Applications are being accepted for the following IDEA Funds programs: Missouri TechLaunch & Seed Capital Co-Investment Program For more information about these programs, please click on the links above, or visit The application deadline for IDEA Funds is November 14.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development has new apprenticeship opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more online here.

Scholarship applications are available now for individuals with disabilities to attend the Power Up Assistive Technology conference March 30-31 in Columbia, MO. Access the application here. Applications must be received by February 7, 2020.

Interested in teaching? Use this website to stay up-to-date on open positions for teachers of the Deaf and hard of hearing in Missouri.

Events in the Community

March 30 & 31

Power Up Conference 2020

June 19-21

NBDA Midwestern Regional Conference

Click here to watch the announcement vlog.

Hiring Events Near You

Click here to learn about hiring events in your area from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development.

Specialized Interpreting: Addiction Recovery

There is a need for more qualified interpreters working in addiction and recovery settings! Specialized Interpreting: Addiction and Recovery will introduce information about addiction, recovery settings, and the journey of recovery in the Deaf community to help interpreters decide if this specialty is a good fit for them. Then, interpreters will learn about resources to help them continue their education to become qualified. Presenters for this webshop include: Keven Poore, Sarah Trimble, Shawn Vreizen, and Hunta Williams

What is a webshop? A 90-minute online workshop

Where? Online, via Canvas

When? Any time between February 1–February 29, 2020

How much? Free!

Click here for details and to enroll in the webshop. Registration will remain open until February 29, 2020. In order to earn CEUs, the deadline to complete the webshop is February 29 at 11:59pm CST. This is an additional opportunity to take the webshop that was offered previously. If you have already taken this webshop during your CEU cycle, you are not eligible to earn CEUs again, but all are welcome to review the information!

Healthcare Interpreting Immersion 101

A 3-day workshop provided by DEAF, Inc.

Presenters: Teri Hedding, CDI, and Stephanie Winslow, Interpreter

March 20-22, 2020 | 2.0 CEUs | $265 registration fee

This three-day intensive workshop offers application of anatomy and physiology in ASL, with an emphasis on classifiers, specialized terminology used in medical settings, in-depth discussion of interpreting considerations for medical settings, and ethical decision-making strategies within the context of medical settings. Learn more at

Language Acquisition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: Challenges and Solutions

Presented by Missouri State University’s CSD-Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Instructors: Dr. Petra and Kester Horn-Marsh

March 28, 2020, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Missouri State University

Click here for the flyer with more information