CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: MISGINA
Misgina, a Deaf woman who primarily uses American Sign Language to communicate, comes to HSDC’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services for support that keeps her and her family living independently. Our Client Advocates help her book appointments and fill out important forms that might otherwise fall to the wayside. They even helped her purchase her house.
“They provide good help, and I’m happy and thankful for all of them!”
EQUITY SPOTLIGHT: EQUITY TEAM
The Equity Team has continued to become an integral part of HSDC. In August 2018, the first Equity Survey was sent to the staff and board, collecting valuable demographic information and opinions about equity inside the organization, which the team used to guide their work. During Fiscal Year 2019, they presented at three HSDC staff meetings about inclusiveness for deaf and hard of hearing staff members and racial equity.
AUDIOLOGY & HEARING AIDS
Our Audiology department provides comprehensive evaluations, hearing screenings, and hearing aid service, as well as assistive listening device consultation. We endeavor to offer access to hearing aids for all income levels, through our programs and through our community partners.
DEAF & HARD OF HEARING SERVICES
DHHS provides free support to Deaf and hard of hearing community members who face communication barriers at work, at home, or in the community. We also provide workshops, presentations, and trainings to organizations who wish to better accommodate deaf and hard of hearing clients, customers, or employees.
HSDC Interpreting Services provides quality access for Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals across the Puget Sound and Washington State, accommodating a wide variety of communication styles.
PIP is the only birth to three service in Washington State that teaches deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing toddlers to use American Sign Language and English. Enrollment is free for families in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.
ROSEN FAMILY PRESCHOOL
Rosen Preschool is the only preschool in King County that emphasizes bilingual fluency in American Sign Language and English for deaf and hard of hearing students. The curriculum is inspired by the internationally recognized Reggio Emilia model.
SPEECH, LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION
Our Speech-Language Pathologists offer tailored services for community members of all ages who experience a variety of speech-language differences, with the goal of removing communication barriers.