Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Community Events

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Click on Calendar image to go to list of community events.

Online Request Form to Post an Event

Calendar


Meet ODHH New Director, Earnest Covington III

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Please click here to view Transcript.

Please click here to see video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyNOw8mppQY


Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program New Announcement

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Please click here to view the Transcript.

Click here to access the application form for a free Emergency Alert Kit.  

Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SJYwqbUchs

  


Why We Are Here

The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing encompasses several statewide programs that provide a wide range of services for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafPlus, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened and Speech Disabled individuals, their families, and service providers in Washington State.  ODHH reviews and advocates for policy reform within Washington State to ensure that the state’s public policies are accessible, appropriate, inclusive and ADA compliant. Program services range from various technologies, trainings, consultations, contract management, information, referrals, and resources with the mission of promoting communication equity. ODHH collaborates with federal, state, and local governments, as well as with stakeholders and community members to ensure that all state services and resources are accessible to and inclusive of this diverse community. 


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Accessibility Quick Links


The Telecoil - Connecting Directly to Sound

A telecoil can make a dramatic difference in your ability to hear clearly and understand dialogue.

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Universal symbol that identifies a looped venue.


Hearing Loss Information

People with hearing loss who are oral and do not sign are often left out of the opportunity to socialize as their local community centers and senior centers are not “hearing friendly.” That is, they often lack the technology or fail to use even basic amplification of their programs where people who are hard of hearing might participate. There is one place where we know that people with hearing loss can be welcomed and know that their communication needs can be met. This would be a local HLAA chapter meeting.

If you are interested in starting a local HLAA chapter or hearing loss support group in your area please contact info@hearingloss-wa.org and share your ideas. We’d love to hear from you.