Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing

This state office concentrates on helping to improve the lives of Michigan's Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing citizens. Our mission is affirming the indisputable right of persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing to secure effective communication. It receives input from its 13-member citizens Advisory Council appointed by the Governor and provides the following services:

Technical Support 

  • Assist persons who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing with referrals to public or private agencies dealing with their specific problems or concerns.
  • Assist employers, educational institutions, service agencies, and businesses with suggestions to make their programs and services accessible to persons who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing in compliance with state and federal laws.
  • Analyze legislation and present testimony to the legislature on issues affecting persons who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.
  • Assist other state agencies to assure that the needs of persons who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing are considered in policy development.

Information and Referral Services 

  • Respond to public inquiries about deafness.
  • Provide Orientation to Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing trainings.
  • Compile and update annually the Michigan TTY Service and Interpreter Directory.
  • Maintain and distribute statistical data about persons who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.
  • Maintain a statewide list of services for persons who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.
  • Refer expert witnesses.
  • Conduct general workshops and seminars.

Accommodations 

  • Consult on communication barriers and access related to persons who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.
  • Provide information and training on communication access and technology.

Interpreter Information and Services 

  • Consult with appointing authorities on the need for and use of qualified or certified interpreters.
  • Assist state agencies and the public in locating qualified oral and sign language interpreters.
  • Administer the statewide Quality Assurance Interpreter Screening Program as required by the Public Act No. 204 of 1982.
  • Provide technical assistance to interpreters.
  • Conduct interpreter information workshops.
  • Provide interpreting services to state agencies.