Who We Serve

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Deaf? Hard of hearing? Late-deafened? 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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Support for Deaf Individuals

The services below are free for Deaf people.

Case Management & Advocacy

Are you Deaf? Do you need help with any of the following things?

  • Finding a job
  • Keeping a job
  • Finding housing
  • Requesting an interpreter
  • Medical issues
  • Legal issues
  • Paying bills

We can help with these issues and much more! HSDC has Deaf staff members who can give you one-on-one support using American Sign Language (ASL).

If you’d like to learn more, contact us and set up an appointment. 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 individuals about many topics, such as local events, interpreting, health care, and housing. You can contact us using email or VP, or visit an HSDC office.

Do you have a question? Contact us today.

Support for Hard of Hearing & Late-Deafened Individuals

The services below are free for hard of hearing and late-deafened people.

Communication Support

Do you struggle to communicate because of a hearing challenge? Do you find it difficult to hear at your job or get accommodation from local businesses? Whatever kind of support you need, our advocates can work with you using the type of communication you feel most comfortable with, whether that be speaking or sign language.

If you’d like to learn more, contact us and set up an appointment. 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 hard of hearing and late-deafened individuals about a variety of topics, including accomodation, communication strategies, local events and support groups, and more. We can provide referrals to to qualified service providers in Western Washington, including HSDC’s Audiology clinic.

Do you have a question? Contact us today.

Support 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

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  • Ariele Belo

    Ariele Belo

    Director of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services

  • Joel Bergsbaken

    Joel Bergsbaken

    Program Coordinator, North Sound

  • James Christianson

    James “Dino” Christianson, Jr.

    Client Advocate, North Sound

  • Jena Floyd

    Jena Floyd

    Client Advocate, Puget Sound

  • Tash Hansen-Day

    Tash Hansen-Day

    DHHS Program Assistant

  • Thu-Ha Le

    Thu-Ha Le

    Client Advocate, South Sound

  • Devin Myers

    Devin Myers

    Communication Specialist, South Sound