Advocacy Services

What does it mean to advocate?

To advocate means to plead or support a cause for another person and/or yourself.

CSD can provides support for the d/Deaf and hard of hearing community in a variety of areas, including:

  • Providing information on laws, regulations, and pending legislation (including ADA) and their impact on individuals who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Promote Deaf Culture via workshops, presentations, lectures, and seminars
  • Assists with d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with learning how to become their own advocate
  • Provide outreach and direct assistance for individuals needing help with problems solving, daily living skills development, ASL/English literacy, use of technology and personal adjustment
  • Providing Everybody Counts workshops

For advocacy services contact:

Deanna Herbers
dherbers@hearingspeechdeaf.orgHours:   Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (walk-ins welcome)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (appointments preferred)

Education Services

Research has documented that employers frequently rate workers who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing as better or about the same as hearing co-workers in the following performance areas: quality and quantity of output, attendance, safety, and working without supervision.  However, some accommodations will need to be made in order to optimize the experiences for the employee, the supervisor and co-workers.  This does not have to be expensive nor require a great deal of equipment.
CSD staff consults with employers who are motivated to make the experience a positive and productive one.  Contact Elizabeth Whelpdale at (513) 206-9424 or for more information.

Public Video Phone Use

Available to members of the d/Deaf community during business hours (Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm).

  1. Hearing Speech + Deaf Center – Corryville Location
    2825 Burnet Ave., Suite 330
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
  2. Hearing Speech + Deaf Center – Eastgate Location
    4440 Glen Este Withamville Rd., Suite 475
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45245

Americans With Disabilities Act

The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the law that ensures a person who is d/Deaf or hard of hearing has equal access to services. Employers, local and state government, and public places must obey the law. There are three parts (or Titles) to the ADA.

Title I – Ensures accessible communication in the workplace.
This applies only to employers with 15 or more employees, They are required to provide auxiliary aids and services.   Examples are listed below of what can be offered:

  • Certfitied / Qualified Sign Language Interpreters / Video Remote Interpreters
  • C-Print® / CART©
  • TTY / VideoPhone
  • Visual Alarms – examples: strobe lights for the fire alarm, doorbell, knocker, etc
  • Amplified Telephone / CapTel Telephone

Title II – Ensures accessible communication at state and local government funding.
All programs provided by the cities, counties, states, and federal agencies must obey the law. If they said that they cannot provide auxiliary aids and services due to financial hardship, they are required to come up with another solution.

Title III – Ensures accessible communication at for-profit and non-profit businesses.
Example of places that must do this:

  • Public / Private Schools, Higher Education, Other Educational Opportunities
  • Banks / Insurance Agencies
  • Hotels / Motels
  • Theaters / Museums / Libraries / Parks / Recreational Programs
  • Health Care Providers / Hospitals / Other Health Care Facilities
  • Lawyers/ Legal Services