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829225-aboutThe main purpose of ITDHH is to provide information and support to teachers and other organizations related to the field of Deafness. To better service our members, ITDHH is broken into twelve areas across the state. Each area has at least one area chairperson who is responsible for relaying information from executive board meetings to the general membership.

Article I - Name
The name of this organization shall be the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. (ITDHH)

 

Article II - Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to foster professional growth of teachers of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing and to promote the quality of education for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in the state of Illinois. Furthermore, it shall be the purpose of this organization to promote cooperation and unification among all state services and agencies serving persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in the State of Illinois.

 

Article - III
Section 1. Membership in this organization shall be of four classes: Active (regular), full-time student , retired, life-time. (3/02)

Section 2. Active membership in this organization shall be open to persons actively engaged or who have been actively engaged in the education of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in the state of Illinois and shall be eligible to hold office in our organization.

Section 3. Student membership in this organization shall be open to full-time students in teacher preparation programs.

Section 4. Active Out of State membership in this organization shall be open to all persons associated and interested in the education of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing who reside outside of the state of Illinois and are not engaged in the education of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in Illinois. Out of State members will pay active member fees and will be considered members of the Out of State area. Active Out of State members are not eligible to hold office on the Executive Board. (3/02)

 

Article IV - Voting
All members of this organization shall be entitled to one vote in all decisions made by the membership at large.

 

Article V - Officers
Section 1. The elected officers of this organization shall be a three-year presidency (president-elect, president, past president), a two-year secretary, a three-year treasurer and a two-year area chairperson(s) terms.

Section 2. The Executive Board of this organization shall consist of past-president, president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer. (3/02)

Section 3, Board positions shall consist of area chairpersons, chairpersons of all standing committees, and one representative from each of the recognized teacher training program. (3/02)

Section 4. Vacancies in the elected offices may be filled by special appointment by the Executive Board of this organization. (3/02)

 

Article VI - Meetings and Quorum
Section 1. A meeting of the general membership shall be held annually. (3/02)

Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the president of this organization. When matters of business require the action of a special meeting of the membership at a time when not deemed advisable or feasible, such business shall be transacted by mail if authorized by the Board. A method of mailing balloting shall be determined by the Board for such meetings.

Section 3. One-third of the general membership of this organization present shall constitute a quorum.(3/02)

Section 4 Fifty-one percent of the board including three executive board members shall constitute a quorum. (3/02)

 

Article VII - Amendments
Section 1. The constitution may be amended at any meeting of the whole organization by a two-thirds vote, a quorum being present.

Section 2. When matters of the constitution arise requiring general membership action at a time when a general membership meeting would not be deemed advisable or feasible, the Board may call a special meeting, by mail, setting forth the specific issues or proposals on which a decision is sought. A ballot shall be enclosed setting forth the issues with an appropriate space for members to indicate their approval or disapproval and to sign their names. The membership chairperson will assist in its procedure and the secretary will retain in record all proceedings which result from it.

Section 3. By-laws and Policies of this organization may be adopted, amended or repealed by any Board meeting of this organization by a majority vote, a quorum being present. (3/02)

Article VI I - Rules
Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the procedure of this organization.

 

Article IX - Dissolution
In the event of dissolution of the organization, and after the payment of its just debts and obligations, any remaining assets shall be transferred to another non-profit, tax-exempt organization as the Board may direct, qualifying under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

The mission statement for ITDHH is to provide service and expertise to the educational community serving deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Goals:

  • Provide networking opportunities.
  • Offer professional development opportunities to pre service and in service professionals.
  • Serve as a resource to policy makers; Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois legislators, program directors.
  • Be actively involved in legislative issues affecting the education of persons who are deaf or hard of hearing persons and executive board members. Conference updates and reports are also included in each newsletter.

 

scholarship.jpgHazel Bothwell Memorial Scholarships (links to below)

Hazel Bothwell Memorial Grants (links to below)

Jacki Marcus Memorial Scholarships (links to below)

 

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Hazel Bothwell Memorial Scholarships and Grants

The Hazel Bothwell Memorial Fund was established by the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in memory of Hazel Bothwell. A persistent and strong supporter of the education of those with hearing loss in Illinois, Hazel Bothwell inspired countless parents, teachers, and legislators toward positive action to strengthen all phases of educational services to young people. It is the endeavor of the ITDHH Board to carry forward the spirit of Hazel Bothwell by awarding scholarships and grants to certified teachers or professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing individuals, as well as to students in teacher training programs pursuing a degree in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing sequence. Grants may be used for purposes of formal or informal research as well as classroom/school activities.

Program Goals: To advance the expertise of trained teachers of children who are deaf of hard of hearing; to improve the quality and availability of services to children with hearing loss; to support improved services from infancy through secondary levels; and to encourage research with specific application to the education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Hazel Bothwell Scholarship: Awards vary from $350-$500

The applicant must: 

  • Be a current member of ITDHH
  • Be a certified teacher of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, a teacher actively engaged in an approved program leading to such certification; or a student in a teacher training program pursuing a degree in special education in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing sequence
  • Clearly demonstrate an above average interest in the education, community or service to individuals with hearing loss
  • Awards for reimbursement of National Board Certification fees shall not exceed $250.00.
  • Google Form Link

 

 


Hazel Bothwell Grants: (To be used for purposes of formal or informal research as well as classroom/school activities) Awards up to $500

 
The applicant must:

  • Be a current member of ITDHH
  • Actively support the deaf and hard of hearing population in Illinois
  • Clearly demonstrate an above average interest in the education, community or service to individuals with hearing loss
  • Award recipients must submit a project summary to itdhh Directions and/or submit presentation proposal to the next conference planning committee
  • Google Form Link

Please contact Amy Richards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

 



Jacki Marcus Memorial Student Scholarships

In 1992, the ITDHH Executive Board established a student scholarship fund to recognize deaf and hard of hearing high school seniors who wish to continue their education in a college, pre-college, or vocational program.  In 2009, the scholarship was renamed in memory of Jacki Marcus, who served deaf and hard of hearing students in Illinois in many capacities throughout her career, and was a long-standing board member of ITDHH.  Jacki was instrumental in the development and continuation of this scholarship, and her legacy of advocating and supporting deaf and hard of hearing students in Illinois will continue.  The scholarships are based on the motivation and future plans of the students. These monetary awards may be used for tuition, room and board, or classroom materials. The donations and memorials received determine the quantity and size of scholarships awarded.

  

Complete Applications (with recommendations) are due January 17, 2020.
Applications will be notified of their scholarship status by February 7, 2020.
Questions: Email ITDHH President Kayla Mattus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the PDF form below, or click the link to access the online version on Google Docs. 

2020 Jacki Marcus Student Scholarship Application-PDF

2020 Jacki Marcus Letters of Recommendation PDF

 2020 Jacki Marcus Scholarship- Google Docs

2020 Jacki Marcus Letters of Recommendation-Google