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 the following:
- Available Services
- Available Technologies for Accessibility
- Community Services
- Working with People Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind
- Laws Relating to the Rights of People with Hearing Loss
The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides free in-service training or presentations and consultations. ODHH staff can advise and assist in making services accessible to the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing communities.
What is equal access for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind?
Required by the Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA), Equal Communication Access is communication made possible by auxiliary aids and services so that persons who are deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing can participate in and benefit from services, programs and other opportunities. Communication Access is also required by other federal and state laws, administrative rules and many professional standards.
Who does the Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing work with?
ODHH works to promote equal communication access in the following systems:
- Emergency Care
- Emergency Response
- Mental Health
- Long-Term Care
- Private, Public and Commercial Entities
2012 Annual Report (P-00468, PDF 125 KB)