To: Community Members and Interested Persons
From: Heidi L. Reed, Commissioner, MCDHH
Date: January 19, 2011
Re: William Hoy Council on Deaf Studies and Work Development
The report of the William Hoy Council of Deaf Studies and Workforce Development is posted on the Mass.Gov website for the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). This report is a result of research, data collection, and discussions related to developing guidelines for a grant program, financial assistance, and marketing and outreach to further advance Deaf Studies and American Sign Language (ASL) training and interpreter programs within the Commonwealth's postsecondary schools.
I would like to acknowledge with gratitude the extensive commitment from service providers, educators, students, and agency and program administrators who came from across our state to bring perspective, experience, and vision to the Council. The Hoy Council met during the 2009 and 2010 fiscal years and formed teams to identify resources, compile data, and conduct discussions with key stakeholders from the college and service provider communities. The Council sought to identify strengths within the state's postsecondary programs and recommend guidelines for responding to gaps with a systematic model of enhanced training, recruitment, and financial support.
As mandated in the Chapter 526 of the Acts of 2008, this report was submitted to the Joint Committee on Higher Education and to the Joint Ways & Means Committee within the Massachusetts State Legislature; for their review and to be used to guide further Deaf Studies and Workforce Development in Massachusetts.
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.