Wisconsin Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

What Does the Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Do?

The Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a group of nine people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and hearing (e.g., parent of a deaf child, teacher of the deaf, interpreter) appointed by the Governor to advise him, the Department of Health Services and the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about issues and concerns affecting over 500,000 people in Wisconsin who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or deaf-blind.

When Does the Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Meet?

The Council meets four times a year, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Department of Health Services building in Madison. The meeting room is equipped with a Loop assistive listening system. Interpreter and real time captioning services will be provided.

Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Seeks Candidates to Serve:


Wisconsin State Capitol with Wisconsin and US Flags flyingApplicants are always invited to apply for appointment to the Council. Candidates may serve a 4-year staggered term or serve out a term vacated by a former Council member. Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested, please contact Hollie Barnes Spink, DHS liaison to the Council, and the Director of the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, or call 608-247-5343 (vp). Instructions on how to apply are available on Governor Evers' website.

Last Revised: February 19, 2021

This content reflects the views and opinions of the advisory council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DHS.