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Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services Serves As A Resource For Advocacy For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing


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2013-08-02 17:46:59 - Michigan-based Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services (DHIS) recognizes the growing need for advocacy among the deaf population to ensure deaf and hard of hearing individuals are able to access these types of services while maintaining their independence and dignity. DHIS can navigate the process of obtaining the necessary resources and assist in making sure a deaf or hard of hearing individual has access to the services he or she needs.

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., – August 2, 2013 – Federal and state laws mandate American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in schools, in court and police systems and during medical care. Michigan-based Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services (DHIS) recognizes the growing need for advocacy among the deaf population to ensure deaf and hard of hearing individuals are able to access these types of services while maintaining their independence and dignity.

While the Americans With Disabilities Act mandates legal and health professionals provide sign language interpreters, compliance can be a challenge. DHIS can navigate the process of obtaining the necessary resources and assist in making sure the individual has access to the services he or she needs.



Linda Booth, president of DHIS explains: “We will work with a client’s doctor, lawyer or banker to help them see the value and time-savings of providing the interpreter as required by law.” After working with an individual’s doctor or lawyer for example, DHIS can then provide a certified sign language interpreter.

Because English is a second language for many deaf and hard of hearing older adults, these advocacy services play a pivotal role in the lives of many served by DHIS. Booth believes the first step in advocacy is to sponsor community-based programs for deaf and hard of hearing seniors. These programs not only provide resources for appointments, but also provide assistance with common chores like grocery shopping or filling out tax forms. Many deaf and hard of hearing individuals can become isolated due to communication barriers, and advocacy programs like those offered by DHIS help keep these individuals connected to their hearing friends and neighbors.

For more information about Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services visit www.dhisonline.org or call (248) 473-1888.

About Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc.
Established in 1993, Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services (DHIS) is a nonprofit, grass roots agency providing a continuum of high quality, comprehensive services for deaf and hard of hearing older adults and their families in southeast Michigan. DHIS links consumers to the deaf youth population through mentoring programs that enhance language and living skills, while promoting their independence and dignity through cooperative efforts with other community-based service providers and educational entities. Services include full case management, information and referral, advocacy, sign language instruction and accessing services such as legal aide, Social Security, hospitals, courts, medical clinics and home health care. Through 15 satellite sites located in seven counties, DHIS offers group education, free hearing screenings, social and recreational activities and individual client assistance. DHIS also offers experienced, professional, state and nationally certified sign language interpreters in a variety of public and private settings 24 hours, seven days a week. For more information visit www.dhisonline.org or call (248) 473-1888 or 248-473-1875 (TTY).





Press Information:
Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc.

25882 Orchard Lake Road
Suite # 100
Civic Center Office Plaza
Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Contact Person:
Linda Booth
Executive Director
Phone: (248) 473 1888
email: email

Web: www.dhisonline.org

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