As many as 10 percent of Michigan residents are deaf or hard of hearing, while about half of these individuals become so in their mid-sixties.
As a pioneer in deaf services, DHIS is here to help.
DHIS is a formal 501(c) (3) nonprofit group. We rely on public and private funding programs, contributions from individuals and an outstanding network of volunteers, especially for our seniors program. Members of the deaf community as well as hard of hearing persons, serve on our Board of Directors.
Today’s challenges include finding enough certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for our client’s needs, making sure that interpreters are provided as required by law in public accommodation settings, and working with our senior population challenged by diminished hearing.
As a leader in deaf services, DHIS continues to:
- Respond to needs and requests of the deaf and hard of hearing community and advocate on their behalf.
- Enhance community awareness of deafness and hard of hearing through intensive outreach programs and in-service training.
- Foster coordination among public and private agencies to provide the highest quality of services for deaf and hard of hearing older individuals.
- Encourage more talented and compassionate individuals to become certified sign language interpreters.
For more about our DHIS history, please visit the May Booth Scholarship page.