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Deaf Hard Of Hearing

 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

The Deaf Services Program at NCSS, Inc., provides support to individuals who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and/or hearing with communication challenges and use of sign, and who experience a range of developmental, behavioral, and psychiatric disabilities. Our Deaf Services team uses American Sign Language (ASL). NCSS has an interpreter on staff.

Our Deaf Services team supports our clients to enjoy full access to a wide range of structured services, including Music, Sensory, Counseling, Art, the Academy of Learning (NCSS learning program for adults with developmental disabilities), field trips to local and regional attractions, supported employment, Facilitated Communication, recreation and fitness at the gym, FLASH class (for relational and social boundaries skills), and Peer ASL class. In addition, our deaf and hard-of-hearing persons served benefit from socializing with their peers for unstructured activities in the community, such as bowling, basketball, and bingo.

ASL classes are provided to staff on the Deaf Services team as well as Home Providers, Services Coordinators, and other interested staff within the agency. Of the persons served by the Deaf team, 33% reside with Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Home Providers fluent in ASL, and additional 20% reside with Home Providers who use some sign and/or are taking ASL classes from our team, 13% live independently and get staff support with their independent living skills, such as banking and grocery shopping, and 27% live with relatives. The remaining 7% represents a hearing client who uses some sign to communicate but has always lived in hearing households. NCSS and the Deaf Services team provide, and strive to expand, a Deaf-friendly community in which our persons served have full access to communication, social and therapeutic activities, both structured and unstructured, and living arrangements that use American Sign Language.

For more information, please contact Amber Schaeffler 802-393-6641

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