Hard of Hearing Communication Needs

For State Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs/Commissions

Historically, state agencies began assisting Deaf sign language users. We, the Hard of Hearing, appreciate and understand how important Deaf culture has been in the movement that brought us disability rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

State services have since expanded to encompass the Hard of Hearing, who have very different needs from the Deaf. It’s not a competition, it’s reaching more people who need to better understand their hearing loss. With workshops and classes, we can help you build services for the Hard of Hearing. This will increase attendance and much needed awareness for those who are Hard of Hearing.

Workshop: Accommodations for the Hard of Hearing

Your Hard of Hearing community can learn about basic accommodations available to help them in their daily life. This includes: caption phones, smartphone apps, assistive listening devices (ALDs), public ALDs and CART/live captioning.

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs, Health & Human Services

One size does not fit all. Hard of Hearing and Deaf needs are very different. What works for one group doesn’t work for the other. We’ve heard many stories about the Hard of Hearing going for services and not finding the help they need. A lot of times, a member of the Deaf community tries to help and it doesn’t work because communication needs vary.

Presentation: One Size Does Not Fit All

State employees will learn how to interact with and better accommodate Hard of Hearing clients. Increased knowledge of the communication options, strategies, and tools used by the Hard of Hearing community will help you better serve your clients.

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Education

Are you giving your students with hearing loss everything they need to succeed? Technology changes fast and assistive listening technology is not the only answer. There are a wide range of accommodations, what works for some may not for another. We can help you explore options.

Presentation: One Size Does Not Fit All

Consultations are available.