Office of the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing
What Is Our Purpose?
One Deportment, One Vision, One Mission, One Core Set of Values
Mission: The Department of Social and Health Services will improve the safety and health of individuals, families, and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships. Values: Excellence in Service, Respect, Collaboration and Partnership, Diversity, and Accountability. Our Impact: Together we will decrease poverty, improve safety and health status, and increase educational and employment success to support people and communities in reaching their potential.
Who do we serve?
Hearing loss affects people from all walks of life, from infants to the elderly, and across communities with no regard to socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, or ethnic background. The various communities of people with hearing loss who interact with hearing people and use unique means of communication include:
- Hard of Hearing
- Late Deafened
- General Public
ODHH also meets a specialized need for people with speech disabilities facing telecommunication barriers.