West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Responsibilities of the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and Board Members

The West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (WVCDHH or Commission) is a seventeen (17) member board, with nine (9) voting members appointed by the Governor, and eight (8) voting ex-officio members representing state agencies that affect the lives of person who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind.

The Commission meets at least quarterly, generally in Charleston, West Virginia. Reimbursement is provided for reasonable and necessary expenses for attending board meetings. For members appointed by the Governor, a term of appointment is three years and council members may continue to serve in an expired position until reappointed or replaced.

WVCDHH Mission

The mission of the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WVCDHH) is to advocate for, develop, and coordinate public policies, regulations, and programs to assure full and equal opportunity for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in West Virginia.

  • It is the role of each board member to:
  • Act as a voting member of the Board with responsibility to develop policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of the Commission;
  • Monitor the Commission’s programs and overall performance;
  • Provide the Executive Director with resources to meet the needs of person who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind.
  • It is the Board’s responsibility to:
  • Support the Commission’s mission.
  • Hire and evaluate the Executive Director.
  • Create and update long and short-range plans for the Commission.
  • Nominate and support the Commission’s board.
  • Provide program and policy oversight.
  • It is the responsibility of each Board member to:
  • Become informed about the issues and priorities of the Commission by reviewing the information provided by Commission staff and other members.
  • Come to Board meetings well-prepared and well-informed about issues on the agenda.
  • Attend and participate in all Board meetings and vote on matters requiring Commission action, except when there is a conflict of interest.
  • Support the ongoing work of the Commission by serving on committees, making presentations and /or providing other types of assistance.
  • Participate in committee meetings, offer leadership and support, and vote on matters being referred to the full Board for action, except when there is a conflict of interest.
  • Attend all board meetings.
  • Notify the Commission when unable to attend a meeting. Ex-officio members may designate another person in their place, should they be unable to attend.
  • Provide information to the Commission on relevant issues based on one’s personal and/or professional knowledge and experience.
  • Represent the Commission to individuals, the public and other organizations.
  • Assume Board leadership roles when asked.

The Commission supports the participation of its members by ensuring that qualified interpreters are provided at all Commission meetings and activities and by providing other accommodations to Commission members with disabilities upon request.

West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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