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The Commission

Benro T. Ogunyipe, Director

The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) is an executive state agency that promotes education and awareness of the legal requirements for effective communication on behalf of people with hearing loss in Illinois. The Commission also advocates to improve communication access to all state programs and services of Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons.

The Commission is operated by a dedicated team of staff members.

Legal Counsel
Personnel Manager/Fiscal Officer
Program Coordinator
Interpreter Coordinator
Office Assistant
Administrative Assistant

The Commission is governed by eleven (11) Commissioners who are appointed by the Governor's Office and represent different geographical areas of Illinois. Visit Commissioners to meet the Governor-appointed Commissioners.

Illinois Board of Interpreters
The Illinois Board of Interpreters, as established by the statute and within the Commission, provides recommendations to the Director on issues related to the Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007. Visit Illinois Board of Interpreters to meet the Board members.