Outreach: An ongoing effort to create community awareness regarding deaf and hard of hearing individuals is accomplished through presentations to civic clubs, neighborhoods and professional associations, businesses, churches and schools, as well as participation in health fairs and expos. Please contact us if you are interested in having our staff visit your community or organization.
Sign Language Classes: We offers a variety of daytime and evening classes in conversational American Sign Language on an ongoing basis.
Lip Reading Classes: Our newest program. As we loose the ability to hear, lip reading becomes a big part of daily conversation. Classes are offered day and evening hours.
Interpreter Workshops: We offer a variety of workshops for our community interpreters on an ongoing basis.
Founded in 1983 as the Speech and Hearing Association with the mission to “benefit communication-disabled people and to educate the community regarding their needs.”
Over the years, the mission was revised and the focus became: “offer programs and services to improve the quality of life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of Southwest Florida.” Our current mission statement demonstrates a clearer commitment to the residents of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and DeSoto counties.
We provide a wide range of services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We also support their families, friends, neighbors, employers and co-workers.
Our services include:
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center
1860 Boy Scout Dr. B208
Fort Myers, FL 33907
239-247-5821 video phone for deaf
Through Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc. (FTRI), specialized adaptive telephone equipment is placed on long-term loan with Florida residents who are hard of hearing, deaf, deaf/blind, or speech impaired at no charge to the consumer. This equipment includes volume/tone control phones, captioned phones and increased volume/visual ring signalers.
Request an appointment in Cape Coral
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The mission of the DHHC is to empower Southwest Florida's deaf and hard of hearing citizens and their families through education, advocacy, and community involvement.
DHHC services are provided in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties.
Deaf consumers are provided with access to medical care, educational coursework, mental health counseling, government assistance and other services; through the provision of qualified and/or certified sign language interpreters. Businesses, agencies and government entities who need to provide equal access to deaf consumers, may contact the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center for a fee schedule for these services.
Request a Sign Language Interpreter.
Deaf Mentoring: Deaf mentoring Deaf, teaching deaf culture, job assistance, ADA, Driver License assistance, immigration support and more.
Shared Reading Project: a family literacy initiative that sends Deaf adults into homes of families with Deaf children aged 3 to 12. The goal is to teach parents how to read books to their deaf children in American Sign Language.
Family Support Group: Deaf and/or hard of hearing children and family support group.