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Tyler Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center (TDHHC)
TDHHC began in 2012 when a local group met to discuss the possibility of starting a deaf center. There was no location in the Tyler area where individuals who are deaf could meet for activities, fellowship and services. The outcome of that meeting was to start Tyler Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center and search for a location for TDHHC. The vision of TDHHC is to offer a comprehensive group of services for people who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind. This includes interpreter services, after-school and summer programs for children, senior citizen programs, sign language classes, adult literacy classes and more.
We are proud to report that our interpreter services are becoming well established and providing much needed services for deaf individuals. In fact, we are looking for additional well qualified/certified interpreters. We have made it easier for entities- like doctor’s offices, hospitals and attorneys to comply with ADA regulations that prohibit exclusivity by offering interpreter services at predictable simple rates with a simple agreement. Entities can feel confident they can offer their deaf consumers qualified certified interpreters without extra expense based on the interpreter’s level of certification. This allows TDHHC to be any entity’s “insurance” or “back-up plan” even if they use other agencies’ services.
Other programs are being offered as opportunities arise and we are continuing to co-op with the area DARS Deafness Resource Specialist for other services.
Donations are greatly appreciated since the center is fully dependent on support from individual donations, fund raisers or corporate donations.
TDHHC is organized exclusively for charitable services and educational purpose for the deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind community in East Texas.
TDHHC is a "deaf-friendly one-stop shop." Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind related services are accessible in one location serving individuals in East Texas.
Seated: Susie Grona | L-R: Kelly Drumm, Lonny McKinzie, Daphne Smith, Stephanie Deibert, Wana Crouch, Elizabeth Crook, Chris Detkos
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From interpreter services to adult literacy classes, we provide for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals as well as the community.
We rely on the financial support of our community to provide programs and services to deaf and hard of hearing people throughout East Texas.
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