Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened Community Members

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

Who We Serve:

  • Community members of all ages with all degrees of hearing loss, from unilateral to bilateral and from mild to profound
  • Community members  using varying communication modalities, and/or an array of assistive technology
  • Families and friends of community members with hearing loss
  • Employers needing assistance on how to work with employees with hearing loss
  • Professionals from medical, legal, law enforcement, academic, public, and social entities

Services for Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened Individuals:

  • Peer Support
  • Advocacy
  • Case Management
  • Communication Assistance
  • Information and Referral
  • Community Education
  • Outreach

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.

City of Seattle General Fund

If you’re a City of Seattle resident who is hard of hearing or late deafened, you may qualify for interpreting or captioning services from the General Fund. The goal is to make equal access a reality for everyone by providing financial assistance for ASL interpreters, oral interpreters, and captioners to individuals facing financial challenges, based on their income.

Assistive Listening Systems (ALS)

Our SeattleBellingham and Tacoma 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

HSDC 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.

  • We work with social service agencies and local businesses to improve their ability to better serve the deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing.
  • We advocate for communication and understanding between the deaf and hard of hearing communities and social service agencies, businesses, and medical specialists, as well as 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.

A Program for Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened Individuals:

  • The priorities for the Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened program are to serve a specific population with a need for emotional support, coping skills and practical strategies as they deal with everyday challenge of living with hearing loss.
  • This program is designed so that individuals will gain an understanding of ways to improve upon or change their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, which, over time, will have an impact on their level of autonomy, self-image, self-advocacy and self-determination.

Resources for Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened:

  • Information on low cost hearing aids
  • Special phones & other technology
  • Communication technology/strategies
  • State Relay services
  • Options for hard of hearing children
  • Educational/community Access
  • Captioning
  • Interpreting