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MedEd Connections Resource Guides: Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Obtaining Additional Services


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Your family may benefit from a number of local service agencies. The following is not an exhaustive list. For example, other options include your local Lions Club, universities, hospitals, and community centers for the deaf.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

Phone: (800) 617-6733

Your child may be eligible for free services through your County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CBDD). If found eligible, your child may be assigned a service and support administrator (SSA), who will work with your family to develop an individual service plan (ISP). The ISP “is a written description of services, supports, and activities provided to an individual. These services, supports, and activities should ensure the health, safety and welfare of the individual, as well as assist them to achieve personal goals.”

If you are interested in obtaining an ISP for your child who is D/HH, contact your CBDD and ask for the intake department to start the process.

More information about obtaining an ISP here.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

Phone: (614) 438-1200

Ohio’s vocational rehabilitation agency works with youth age 14+ to start the planning process for work track for later on. Pre-Employment Transition Services are designed for students in the early stages of career development, including job exploration counseling, work-based learning opportunities, counseling about opportunities for enrollment in postsecondary educational programs, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self-advocacy. Families and school staff can access additional information about these services on OOD’s website. In addition to youth programs, OOD may provide funding for assistive technology and other training. Rehabilitation counselors for the deaf work with any client who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Ohio Department of Education Programs and Resources for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Phone: (877) 644-6338

The Ohio Department of Education put together a page listing deaf and hard of hearing organizations to support students and their families.

Ohio’s Center for Deaf-Blind Education

Phone: (614) 897-0020

Does your child have combined deafness and blindness? This organization is a good starting point for further information. 

2018 Vision Loss and Hearing Loss Resources

Phone: (614) 438-1200

BSVI’s 2018 Vision Loss and Hearing Loss Resources document is now available. Organized by categories of general information, Deaf-Blind, Deafness and Blindness resources, the updated list contains hundreds of links and articles for education, technology, workplace, family/care giving and other types of useful public information.

Cleveland Child Neuropsychology Clinic

Phone: (216) 292 0610

This neuropsychology clinic performs assessments to identify learning and psychological behavior strengths and needs. Recommendations for support, intervention, modifications, and accommodations are offered to support the development of the whole child.

Provider Guide

This is a tool to search for service providers throughout Ohio. Searchable by county and funding type.

Ohio Department of Education Programs and Resources for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Phone: (877) 644-6338

The Ohio Department of Education put together a page listing deaf and hard of hearing organizations to support students and their families.

Ohio’s Center for Deaf-Blind Education

Phone: (614) 897-0020

Does your child have combined deafness and blindness? This organization is a good starting point for further information.

2018 Vision Loss and Hearing Loss Resources

Phone: (614) 438-1200

BSVI’s 2018 Vision Loss and Hearing Loss Resources document is now available. Organized by categories of general information, Deaf-Blind, Deafness and Blindness resources, the updated list contains hundreds of links and articles for education, technology, workplace, family/care giving and other types of useful public information.


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