What We Do

The Adult Services Program at the North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NDSD/RCDHH) advocates on behalf of people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to promote opportunity and independence. NDSD/RCDHH shall strive to:

  • ensure that communication and services are accessible
  • increase awareness of needs of people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to the general public

Information and Consultation

NDSD/RCDHH maintains a central location for resources on hearing loss that include:

  • lists of community, state and national organizations that provide services to people with hearing loss including: assistive technology providers, information regarding sign language interpreters and captioning providers
  • general information about deafness, self-advocacy and communication needs
  • information on compliance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); rights of individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing as well as responsibilities of service providers

Educational Presentations

NDSD/RCDHH conducts training sessions to increase the public's awareness of hearing loss, the availability of assistive technology devices and the importance of communicative accessibility for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Presentation topics may include:

  • communication rights of individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • how to obtain and work with a sign language interpreter
  • types of assistive technologies including use of videophones and relay services
  • impact of hearing loss and communication tips
  • overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and compliance
  • American Sign Language and Deaf Culture
  • how to make a home 'visually' accessible
  • job seeking and retention skills

Assistive Technology

NDSD/RCDHH maintains an assistive technology center to demonstrate the following devices:

  • amplified or text telephones
  • amplified ringers
  • phone flashers
  • baby monitor systems
  • fire and smoke alarms
  • F-M systems
  • doorbell flashers
  • as well as other alerting devices for the home or work environment