Our Mission

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Established in 2001, Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the New Hampshire Deaf and Hard of Hearing community through empowerment, education, and advocacy for equal access and opportunity.

Our Mission

  • The organization is dedicated to serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in an environment that is communicatively unrestricted and "natural" to them.

  • The organization is committed to hiring staff members who are fluent in sign language and capable of identifying and meeting consumers' preferred mode of communication.

  • The organization is committed to the provision of services in a culturally sensitive environment, which promotes independence and productivity.

  • The organization seeks to empower, educate and advocate for equal access and opportunity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of New Hampshire.


Demographics

Hearing loss affects 13% of the population nationwide. Without the ability to hear, obtaining information via the media or even conversation is severely limited. This communication barrier creates the need for the specialized social services which Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services provides to New Hampshire's Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens.

Keys to Success

The objectives outlined by the organization will be achieved by hiring qualified, competent staff and/or contractors who are fluent in sign language, knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and issues of concern to the Hard of Hearing community, allowing for a completely accessible environment for consumers.

Why does New Hampshire need services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people?

Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in New Hampshire face barriers at many levels, including education, health care, government services, and employment. The barriers exist because of a lack of access to communication, and a lack of services aimed directly at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. These deficits combined cause the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population to be at risk as a result of limited education, unemployment and underemployment. NDHHS seeks to fill these gaps in services by providing interpreter and CART referral, case management, adult education, community education, advocacy, and employment support.
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