DO YOU NEED AN INTERPRETER?
Please tell your doctor, lawyer, banker or similar service professional to call Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc. at 248-473-1888 (voice). We will help find the appropriate interpreter for your needs.
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DHIS provides a comprehensive range of services for the deaf and hard of hearing, their families and the community at large. These are organized as follows:
ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreters
Federal and state law, including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 and Michigan’s Persons with Disabilities Act (PA 220, 1976), mandate that people with disabilities have a right to full and equal communication access and participation.
Paying for these certified sign language interpreters is the responsibility of the providing entity, whether it is a hospital system, a court system, our local police department or a bank or credit union.
We help our deaf or hard of hearing clients and the entities serving them find the best nationally certified and/or state qualified ASL interpreters for their situation.
We also work with these entities, such as family doctors, to help them understand how enhanced communication with their patients will save them time and money, while improving their quality of care.
- DHIS provides information classes and seminars to groups of all sizes and types explaining the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community, advances in assistive devices and other strategies, and the legal responsibilities in public accommodation settings.
- Corporate workshops and in-service training.
- Student internship programs.
Related Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals, which include:
- Individual client assistance and counseling with trained case managers who specialize in working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals in complex situations. Examples include family disputes, legal issues or coping with the loss of a loved one or moving to a senior care facility.
- Our DHIS case managers have excellent interview skills, are knowledgeable of and sensitive to family dynamics, and understand how to access a wide range of professional, official and community resources.
- Sign language classes for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, family members and friends.
- Support for the hard of hearing including support groups, information and referral sources, and technology updates.
- Help with videophone relay and other assistive devices for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
- Hearing screenings and referral services.
- Day excursions and overnight trips with all necessary support.
The DHIS Seniors Program
- Following May Booth’s legacy, DHIS maintains a vibrant program of deaf services for seniors, staffed by DHIS personnel and a network of volunteers. Activities and services include group education at satellite centers; picnics, parties and field trips; and individual client assistance, conducted by specially trained case managers. Non-hard of hearing seniors are encouraged to attend.
- Our extensive network of [DHIS Seniors Sites] throughout southeast Michigan.
All DHIS services are provided to citizens regardless of sex, race, creed, religion, national origin, age, height, weight, marital or family status, or disability in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1992 and all other applicable federal, state and local laws.