Deaf Community Members

Our goal is to promote partnership between individuals and systems through inclusion, accessibility and empowerment.  HSDC provides Case Management, Outreach and Advocacy services to Deaf community members through three different offices located in Seattle, Bellingham (North Sound) and Tacoma (South Sound).

Who We Serve:

  • Deaf individuals from diverse backgrounds who use American Sign Language
  • Community members using varying communication modalities, and/or an array of assistive technology
  • Families and friends of deaf community members
  • Employers needing assistance on how to work with employees who are deaf
  • Professionals from medical, legal, law enforcement, academic, public and social entities

We Believe a Program for Deaf Community Members Should:

  • Promote self-determination, independence and celebration of American Sign Language (ASL) among Deaf communities regardless of communication background.
  • Provide services that empower Deaf people to live independent and productive lives, with full access to rights, privileges, and opportunities.

Information & Referral

Our Information & Referral services are designed to answer your questions on a variety of topics—from interpreters to health care to housing—and to refer you to qualified service providers in your area. We provide referrals for other centers, businesses, social service agencies, and audiologists within Washington State. You can also make an appointment to meet with an Advocate.

Assistive Listening Systems (ALS)

Our SeattleTacoma and Bellingham offices have Assistive Listening Systems available for loan to event-hosting organizations requesting on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing community members.

Outreach & Education

Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center incorporates an involvement in community groups and contact with other organizations and service providers. This includes presentations and orientations to other health and human services organizations, businesses, and schools. These presentations include information about our programs and the issues we address such as Deaf Awareness, Deaf Culture, TTY trainings, and American Sign Language (ASL) Classes.

  • We work with social service agencies and local businesses to improve their ability to better serve you.
  • We advocate for communication and understanding between the deaf and hard of hearing communities and social service agencies, businesses, medical specialists, and the hearing community at large.
  • We help design school curricula and equal access office and home spaces.
  • We offer staff training on working with an interpreter and running meetings effectively.