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National Deaf Awareness Week: Robert Ellesch recognized as the 2009 Deaf/Hard of Hearing leader for the State of Montana

December, 23 2009

In honor of National Deaf Awareness Week, Hamilton Relay is pleased to recognize Robert Ellesch as the 2009 Deaf/Hard of Hearing leader for the State of Montana.

Robert "Bob" Ellesch is a hard working individual who has been a great advocate for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Montana. His participation and involvement in organizations, programs and events have benefited the lives of many.

As a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program Manager, Bob is responsible for establishing working relationships with community professionals, organizations and leaders with a special emphasis on services and support for people who are deaf or significantly hard of hearing. Bob provides technical assistance to public schools and to the Montana University System, he assists with interpretation and implementation of VR policy and procedures, and is responsible for promoting public awareness and support of the Montana Vocational Rehabilitation program.

Bob is extremely knowledgeable about the challenges that individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing experience. His negotiation skills with both consumers and agency personnel are commendable and he is persistent in his approach to finding solutions to difficult problems. Bob retired a few years ago, however, came out of retirement to once again serve the needs of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Bob is a member of the Montana Association for the Deaf and works very closely with Montana Telecommunications Access Program. He has sat on several committees seeking to improve services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.

Congratulations to Bob Ellesch for receiving this prestigious award. His dedication, professionalism and interaction with the people with which he works in the State of Montana is greatly appreciated.

This leadership recognition has been brought to you by Hamilton Relay.

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