Services include information/referral, advocacy and technical assistance, including sign language interpreter registration and coordination of interpreter services and other communication access services. KCDHH advocates that equal communication access is required, not optional.
- Interpreter referral and coordination: KCDHH helps state agencies, hospitals, law enforcement organizations, courts and businesses locate professional interpreters and communication access service providers.
- Technical assistance and advocacy: KCDHH assists with providing technical assistance and advocacy on communication access. Any individuals or family members experiencing issues with communication access including choice and performance of any interpreter should contact KCDHH for further assistance or initiate a grievance process.
- Awareness/public education provided: KCDHH can provide workshops/presentations on topics such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hearing aids, assistive technology, deaf self-advocacy training, hearing loss, etc.
- KCDHH is also responsible for these functions:
- Maintains and provides information and referral.
- Advocates for communication access ranging from education to employment.
- Maintains the state-wide registry of interpreters and communication access service providers working in the state of Kansas.
- Consults with the Legislature, state agencies and political subdivisions, including the courts, on hearing loss and communication accessibility issues. Provides no-cost technical assistance as needed.
- Provides policy guidance on communication access and services in meeting the needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
- Participates on task forces and advisory boards. KCDHH encourages interested volunteers to serve on workgroups to represent the deaf and hard of hearing, whom KCDHH considers the best representation.
- Conducts awareness trainings and workshops related to Deaf culture, sign language interpreting, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), etc.
What KCDHH CAN Do for You
Information and Referral –
We CAN refer you to an agency that may be able to serve your needs such as Rehabilitation Services, mental health services, etc. Example: You are looking for a licensed audiologist for a hearing evaluation; or you need to find an interpreter in your area or one who specializes in the setting of your need.
Advocacy, Education or Awareness –
We CAN participate in planning of projects, advocate and/or testify for such public policy change. Example: KCDHH can help set up a committee to draft a public policy change such as legislation to improve the quality of life for the Deaf and hard of hearing.
We CAN provide informational workshops on self-advocacy, use of interpreters, etc. Example: KCDHH will collaborate with other organizations in providing workshops or seminars on various topics such as the ADA.
We CAN provide information on the ADA to employers and private entities such as physicians and lawyers. Example: If you are unable to explain your rights under the ADA law to your employer, we can provide the employer with information or assist you on how best to communicate your needs.
We CANNOT provide any legal advice or provide any legal assistance that only attorneys or lawyers who are licensed in Kansas can do. We could help with educating these attorneys and lawyers who don’t understand needs and issues associated to deaf and hard of hearing or where to find additional legal resources.
Additional resources will soon become available. For immediate assistance or additional resources not listed here, please contact KCDHH at 785-368-8034 or VP 785-246-5077.