Who We Serve

Deaf? Hard of hearing? We provide support and assistance to any person with hearing challenges, as well as family and friends. Our services are free for Deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened individuals.

We also provide workshops, presentations, and trainings to organizations who wish to better accommodate deaf and hard of hearing clients, customers, or employees.

HSDC’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services has three offices located in Seattle, Bellingham, and Tacoma. We provide services to the following thirteen counties across Western Washington:

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What We Do for Individuals

The services below are free for Deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened people. If you’d like to learn more, contact us and set up an appointment.

Case Management & Advocacy

We assist Deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened community members with a variety of issues such as employment, housing, medical issues, legal issues, and more. If you’re experiencing a communication barrier, our staff can help.

You can visit one of our three offices in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham, or we can travel to you.

Information & Referral

We answer questions from Deaf and hard of hearing individuals about a variety of topics such as interpreting, health care, and housing. We can provide referrals to to qualified service providers in Western Washington.

Do you have a question? Contact us today.

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What We Do for Organizations

Outreach & Education

We provide free workshops, presentations, and orientations to organizations such as businesses, schools, and nonprofits. These outreach workshops include information on issues that are important to deaf and hard of hearing community members. Examples of topics include: how to communicate with a deaf or hard of hearing client, how to accommodate a deaf or hard of hearing employee in the workplace, and information about Deaf culture.

Workplace Accommodation Evaluations

Does your deaf or hard of hearing employee need help communicating in the workplace? We provide individualized consultations that can help you and your employee determine any communication needs and build a plan for the future. We’ll travel to you so we can assess your needs in your everyday setting.

Depending on your request, we may charge a fee for workplace accommodation services. Contact us to learn more.

Assistive Listening Systems (ALS)

Our Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham offices have Assistive Listening Systems available for loan to organizations who are accommodating deaf and hard of hearing community members.

Contact us to schedule an appointment or learn more

Hours

Seattle Office

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

Tacoma Office

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30am–5:00pm
Tuesday and Friday: Appointment Only

Bellingham Office

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

Locations

Seattle office, Floor 1
Tacoma office
Bellingham office

Contact

Online
Email: deafservices@hsdc.org
Videophone: 206-452-7953
Phone (voice): 206-323-5770

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Staff

  • Ariele Belo

    Ariele Belo

    Director of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services

  • Joel Bergsbaken

    Joel Bergsbaken

    Program Coordinator, North Sound

  • James

    James “Dino” Christianson Jr.

    Client Advocate, North Sound

  • Buddy Elledge

    Buddy Elledge

    Graphic Designer & Marketing Coordinator

  • Jena Floyd

    Jena Floyd

    Client Advocate, Puget Sound

  • Tash Hansen-Day

    Tash Hansen-Day

    Program Assistant

  • Jim House

    Jim House

    Communication Specialist, Puget Sound

  • Thu-Ha Le

    Thu-Ha Le

    Client Advocate, South Sound

  • Devin Myers

    Devin Myers

    Communication Specialist, South Sound