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Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

To ensure that the variety of life's choices and equal opportunities are available to all deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing people.

The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides information and referral services on a variety of topics tailored to the unique needs of Deaf, Deafblind, or Hard of Hearing residents including but not limited to:

  • Accommodation needs as well as requirements

  • Available services

  • Communication Access

  • Employment

  • Hearing Loss

  • Technology

The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides free in-service training or presentations for public and private service providers or organizations seeking to broaden their knowledge of the Deaf, Deafblind or Hard of Hearing communities.

What is equal access for persons who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing?

Equal access is effective communication made possible through auxiliary aids and services so that Deaf, Deafblind or Hard of Hearing persons can participate in and benefit from services, programs and other opportunities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) along with other federal and state laws require most organizations to provide equal access to services or make communication modifications.

Who does the Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing work with?

Individuals: Deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing; parents of children who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing; senior citizens and others who are experiencing hearing loss; people who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing with other developmental, mental or physical disabilities.
Legal
systems:  Correctional and juvenile facilities as well as law enforcement personnel; criminal, civil and small claims court systems.
Medical
, emergency care and mental health systems:  Hospitals, clinics, health care and service providers; emergency medical systems; safety programs; mental health care providers.
Educational systems
:  Birth-to-3 programs; K-12 settings; transitional services; universities, colleges and technical colleges.
Long-term care systems
: Elderly living in assisted living facilities; respite care and community-based services for senior citizens and severely disabled persons who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.
Governmental systems
: City, county and state government offices and agencies, including human services, tribal and aging; other community service agencies.
Employment and vocational systems
:  Employers, job service and job training agencies; placement services.
Private and public commercial systems:  Financial institutions, law offices, theaters, lodging facilities, community recreation centers.

2012 Annual Report (PDF, 125 KB)

    Last Updated:  May 06, 2014