“We know what we are, but not what we may be.”
- William Shakespeare
To help hard of hearing and late deafened individuals achieve independence through meaningful communication access and improved self-esteem by providing peer-to-peer support, coping skills, advocacy, information and resources on assistive technology and communication alternatives.
This goal supports DCARA’s mission to promote self-determination, independence, and celebration of American Sign Language (ASL) among a diverse Deaf community, regardless of communication background.
Linda Drattell, left, former DCARA HH/LD
Support Specialist, speaking with Mimi
Salamat, audiologist, at a DCARA workshop.
WHAT WE DO
The priorities for the Hard Of Hearing & Late Deafened program are to serve a specific population with a need for emotional support, coping skills and practical strategies as they deal with the everyday challenges of living with hearing loss.
DCARA’s HOH & LD program is designed so that individuals will gain an understanding on ways to improve upon, or change their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, which, over time, will have an impact on their level of autonomy, self-image, self-advocacy and self-determination.
The HOH & LD program provides the following services:
- Communication Assistance
- Community Education
- Peer Counseling
- Information and Referral
- Independent Living Skills
WHO WE SERVE
- People with all degrees of hearing loss, from unilateral to bilateral, from mild to profound
- People using varying communication modalities, and/or an array of assistive technology
- All ages
- All genders
- All socio-economic levels
- All ethnicities
- All sexual orientations
- Doctors and service providers
Hard of Hearing & Late-Deafened participants
using CART (real time captioning) at a DCARA workshop.
“It’s nice to see all of the communities of people with hearing issues coming together to work for our common good.”
Richard Taylor, Tri-Valley HLAA, DCARA workshop attendee
Hard of Hearing/Late Deafened Support Specialist
14895 East 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 343-6670 VP/Voice
(510) 351-5906 Fax