§ 17. Duties of the Board. The Board shall advise the Department in all matters relating to this Act and shall
assist as requested by the Director.
The Board shall respond to issues and problems relating to the improvement of services
to the deaf or hard of hearing and shall make such recommendations as it considers
advisable. It shall file an annual report with the Director and shall meet at least twice a
year. The Board may meet at any time at the call of the chair.
The Board shall recommend specialized education programs for persons wishing to become
licensed as hearing instrument dispensers and shall, by rule, establish minimum standards
of continuing education required for license renewal. No more than 5 hours of continuing education credit per year, however, can be obtained
through programs sponsored by hearing instrument manufacturers. A minimum of 2 hours of continuing education credit per licensing period must be
obtained in Illinois law and ethics. Continuing education offered by a college, university, or bar association, the International
Hearing Society, the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association, the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Illinois Academy
of Audiology, or the Illinois Hearing Society regarding Illinois law and ethics shall
be accepted toward satisfaction of the Illinois law and ethics continuing education
The Board shall hear charges brought by any person against hearing instrument dispensers
and shall recommend disciplinary action to the Director.
Members of the Board are immune from liability in any action based upon a licensing
proceeding or other act performed in good faith as a member of the Board.
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