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Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency on Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

On March 1st, Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2017.02 declaring a State of Emergency in response to the heroin, opioid, and fentanyl crisis ravaging communities in Maryland and across the country. This declaration activates the governor’s emergency management authority and enables increased and more rapid coordination between the state and local jurisdictions. The governor,  Read the Rest...

Governor Larry Hogan Declares February as “FeBREWary” in Maryland

On February 1st, Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Director Kelby Brick, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, and the Brewers Association of Maryland came together to celebrate the significant economic impact that craft brewing has had in Maryland. Governor Hogan presented a proclamation declaring February as “FeBREWary” in Maryland. Also present were Deaf entrepreneurs  Read the Rest...

Governor Larry Hogan Honors Maryland Native and Deaf Advocate Nyle DiMarco

Governor Larry Hogan Honors Maryland Native and Deaf Advocate Nyle DiMarco Event Highlights State’s Commitment to Early Language Acquisition Among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today awarded a governor’s citation to Nyle DiMarco, recognizing his efforts on behalf of Deaf and hard of hearing children. A graduate of  Read the Rest...

Governor’s Office Honors Rockville High School

On June 2nd, the Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing honored Rockville High School for winning the National Deaf and Hard of Hearing Academic Bowl Championship. Established in 1996 by Gallaudet University, this competition promotes academic competition among schools and programs of Deaf and hard of hearing high school students through regional  Read the Rest...

EHDI Motion on Language Deprivation Approved

Updated documents: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Council Motion on Language Deprivation May 3, 2016 — The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is thrilled to announce that the Maryland Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Advisory Council just adopted a motion advising the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to issue a  Read the Rest...

Announcement: Governor Larry Hogan Signs House Bill 413

Last week, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law House Bill 413, which establishes a pilot program on closed captioning for live and archived video streaming on the Maryland General Assembly website. The pilot program would also help those who are learning English as a second language and those who are unable to understand on-screen dialogue.  Read the Rest...

Announcement: Governor Larry Hogan Signs Senate Bill 272

The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is pleased to announce that Governor Larry Hogan signed into law Senate Bill 272, which authorizes Deaf and hard of hearing recipients of the Delegate Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Award to utilize the award’s funds to attend any out-of-state school, including schools in Washington, D.C. For  Read the Rest...

Press Release: Governor Larry Hogan Signs Senate Bill 781

Governor Larry Hogan Signs Bill Recognizing Biliterate High School Graduates American Sign Language Recognized as Eligible Language for New Maryland Seal of Biliteracy ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today signed into law Senate Bill 781, which grants bilingual students graduating from Maryland public high schools the opportunity to receive a seal on their high school  Read the Rest...