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 different needs from the Deaf. It’s not a competition, it’s reaching more people who need to better understand their hearing loss. With presentations, 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.

  • Family – The HoH often have a hard time communicating family. We clear up misconceptions and offer easy communication rules to adopt.
  • Accommodations – Basic accommodations available for the HoH. This includes caption phones, smartphone apps, assistive listening info and CART/live captions.
  • Requesting CART – We educate your community on the benefits of CART, our ADA rights for effective communication and how to request it.
  • Self Advocacy – We present the basics of self advocacy, then we ask our audience what they need help with. We share a variety of ways to tackle tough, social situations.
  • Conquering Your Next Family Gathering – This is popular before the holidays. Large gatherings are often difficult for those with hearing loss. We share HoH skills for getting around communication obstacles.
  • We take special requests. Is there something more specific for your community? Let us know!

Feel free to join one of the many presentations/workshops/classes we already do to get a feel for us. Watch our Events page for upcoming classes. If you’re interested, email us and we’ll fit you in.

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs, Health & Human Services, Education

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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Sensitivity Training for Businesses

Learn the specifics for hearing loss communication needs.

There is diversity under the term “hearing impaired”. There are 48 million people in America with some kind of hearing loss. We call ourselves by different names; Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, deaf and Deaf. There are a variety of accommodations that help each group and many people assume it’s American Sign Language (ASL), a common misconception. 

Less than 2% of the 48 million people use ASL for communication. The Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened and deaf speak English, write English and read English. Accommodations therefore need to be in English, whether it’s captioning, amplification and/or other strategies. As a business owner, employer, supervisor, or HR administrator you may not be aware of all the possible Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) solutions for helping those with hearing loss. Learn what best practices to help those with hearing loss and create your own hard of hearing ‘kit’.

Presentation: Hearing Loss Diversity: Deconstructing Misconceptions

Consultations are available.