Communication Matters

10 Reasons to Visit the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Samantha Taylor | Posted on August 22, 2018

There are countless reasons why the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) is a wonderful resource for Deaf individuals as well as those who want to learn more about Deaf culture.

  1. Community

CCDHH provides services that emphasize the concept of community. It is a one-stop center, designed to operate as an open agency providing services that focuses on bringing Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals together.

  1. Employment

The Community Center is a provider of employment services in collaboration with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. Through this partnership, CCDHH offers job-related assistance such as job development, coaching, retention, as well as other employment needs, to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

  1. Interpreting

Access to quality interpreting services is essential for members of the Deaf community. CHSC provides 24-hour sign language interpreting services for Deaf individuals.

  1. Advocacy

Advocacy is the foundation of the CCDHH. The center employs advocates to support Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in a variety of settings, including, employment, legal, medical and more. Additionally, CCDHH offers advocacy services for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault under the KEYS 4 Deaf Access Project.

  1. American Sign Language

CCDHH offers American Sign Language (ASL) classes to the public. Whether your interest is to communicate with family members, friends or you would like to learn for fun, we encourage others to learn the third most commonly used language in the United States.

  1. Housing

Accessing housing services can be a real barrier for some Deaf people. The center works collaboratively with various external partners to ensure Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals have access to safe, affordable, quality housing.

  1. Government Assistance Programs

The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is committed to helping individuals navigate through government assistance programs. The staff is trained to support others in understanding, accessing and maintaining benefits. These services include benefits for food, medical and Social Security. 

  1. Education

Through The Learning Center, educational services are available to members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. The Learning Center focuses on three main content areas: independent living skills, employment readiness and literacy.

  1. Training

Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center offers training to ensure cultural competency of - and effective communication with - Deaf individuals. The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides training that guarantees successful service delivery and employment. 

  1. Resources

CCDHH is committed to ensuring Deaf and Hard of Hearing people have access to resources that meet a variety of needs. As a center dedicated to instilling a sense of community, it is imperative to provide resources that are made available to all individuals served.

Tags: Language, Communication, Teens, Support, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss, American Sign Language, Interpreting, ASL Interpreter, ASL, Learning



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