Maine educational center for the deaf and hard of hearing
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Karen Hopkins, the newly named Executive Director of the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MECDHH), has announced a new relationship with ME LEND. MECDHH is the state body in charge of deaf and hard of hearing education in Maine. They provide high-quality, cutting-edge programs to over 500 children and youth, their families, and learning communities throughout the state, with the aim of creating an inclusive community for the deaf and hard of hearing to achieve linguistic, social, academic, and personal success.
Karen Hopkins, the organization’s first deaf woman leader, has over 25 years of experience as a deaf instructor, special educator, early interventionist, and administrator.
Karen’s enthusiasm for her work stems from her own experiences as the only deaf child in her family and at school while growing up in rural Maine.
Karen was ecstatic to speak with Spotlight about the launch of their most recent project, Earliest Interactions, which was sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Earliest Interactions is a comprehensive initiative that helps families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children at every stage of their journey, from screening to diagnosis to early intervention and beyond.
Karen notes that several improvements are taking place to improve the education of families, providers, and the general public.
“Our expectation is that when providers encounter a deaf infant, they will refer the family to our newly launched website, which has a similar emphasis and will provide families with the same details regardless of provider. Families are often offered only a medical perspective on deafness, rather than a cultural and family-based perspective. They will be able to see what choices and resources are open to them on the website, as well as read about deafness studies in a condensed, concise manner.”
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The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf Student Trust Fund, referred to in this section as the “fund,” is created, notwithstanding the requirements of Title 5, section 135-A.
The Treasurer of State can invest the money in the fund with the help of one or more fiduciaries or registered investment advisors. The fiduciaries’ or licensed investment advisors’ responsibilities and expenditures must be handled in accordance with Title 5, section 17108, subsections 2 and 3. The fund must be credited with all earnings.
Unspent funds in the fund are not allowed to expire until July 1, 2007, and must be carried forward for the benefit of the fund. Any unspent funds in the fund must be allocated to the General Fund on July 1, 2007.
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Hopkins said in an email to The Forecaster, “It is truly my honor to lead MECDHH into its next chapter.” “I will give everything I have to ensure that deaf and hard-of-hearing children have the chance to achieve their personal goals.”
Hopkin’s enthusiasm stems from her own experiences as the only deaf child in her family and at school in Millinocket. She didn’t meet another deaf person until she was 17, when she set foot on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the world’s largest university for deaf people.
“Within a week, our company had leapt into the virtual world,” Hopkins said.
“Because my team is used to working around the state, we do a lot of virtual work. We reached out to schools in every district across Maine and sent out a message saying, “We are here for you, and we will work to meet the needs of the students.”
Hopkins was recently awarded a federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant from Maine, which will finance preparation, resources, and parent-to-parent support for deaf children’s families from the time they are born, according to Hopkins. It also provides parents with the ability to meet other deaf people.
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The Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, formerly known as the Maine School for the Deaf, is a public co-educational, residential school in Maine that serves the deaf and hard of hearing. It is situated on Mackworth Island, a 100-acre (40 ha) island off the coast of Falmouth, Maine, USA, near the city of Portland.
Maine’s governor, Percival P. Baxter, deeded the island and causeway to the state in 1943, including his summer home. The Governor Baxter School for the Deaf (formerly known as the Maine School for the Deaf) was founded on the island in 1957 by the state. 1st