The Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing was established in 1981 as the Office for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired by the NH State Board of Education. It was formalized and received it's current name in 1989 when the functions outlined by the State Board were enacted into law by the Legislature.
The Program provides leadership and direction in serving persons who are deaf and hard of hearing; reviews, updates and implements the state plan for the deaf and hard of hearing; administers the telecommunications equipment loaner program; participates in the screening of sign language interpreters and maintains a list and fee schedule of screened and certified interpreters; provides technical assistance to state and private agencies on request in order to ensure accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people; assists in development of legislation affecting deaf and hard of hearing people in the state as approved by the state board of education; works with the NH Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the NH Association of the Deaf, Self Help for the Hard of Hearing and any other consumer group as needed to ensure quality services for deaf and hard of hearing; and serves as an information and referral source for the state on the subject of deafness and hearing loss.
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H. Dee Clanton
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