Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing ODHH is an office within the PA Dept. of Labor & Industry. To contact ODHH, please visit: www.dli.pa.gov/ODHH. ODHH has 4 core functions: Advocates on behalf of individuals who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing Distributes information & answer questions about hearing loss & related topics Links individuals to providers Maintains a database of registered sign language interpreters

Operating as usual

Check out the below recent announcements from the Center for Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation! Included in the...
12/16/2020
CASLI November 16, 2020 Announcements

Check out the below recent announcements from the Center for Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation! Included in their notice is information regarding the new CASLI Generalist Knowledge Exam for both Deaf and hearing interpreters that is expected to be ready to be administered in the CASLI Exam System January 2021.

Opening Slide Image Description: CASLI logo on white background. Test: Star G. Grieser, Director of Testing, CASLI Announcements November 16, 2020. Image Description: White woman with brown hair tied back and black shirt is standing in front of a grey backdrop. Transcript: Hello everyone, my name is...

#DidYouKnow that NUBSLI offers a printable Dos and Don'ts of Working with an Interpreter guide? Click on the link below ...
12/14/2020
Dos and don'ts of working with an interpreter | NUBSLI

#DidYouKnow that NUBSLI offers a printable Dos and Don'ts of Working with an Interpreter guide? Click on the link below to check it out!

The dos and don'ts of working with a BSL/English interpreter. Tips on the best way to use an interpreter when communication with a Deaf person.

We are so thankful to work with such a wonderful team of interpreters who are helping ensure Pennsylvanians who are deaf...
12/03/2020
PA Department of Labor & Industry

We are so thankful to work with such a wonderful team of interpreters who are helping ensure Pennsylvanians who are deaf or hard of hearing have equal access to information during #COVID19. 🤟

Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing has been working tirelessly to get vital information out to PA’s deaf & hard of hearing community of 1.2 million citizens throughout the COVID pandemic.

Check out TheBurg’s article about our amazing team and the sign language interpreters that have been communicating the vital health messages needed during these trying times: https://theburgnews.com/in-the-burg/signs-of-the-times-as-covid-broke-the-commonwealth-quickly-pivoted-to-get-vital-health-information-to-pas-deaf-community

ATTN: UC Service Center - sign language interpreter services will not be available 11/25/20 – 11/27/20🚫Videophone Servic...
11/24/2020

ATTN: UC Service Center - sign language interpreter services will not be available 11/25/20 – 11/27/20
🚫Videophone Service for ASL Users: 717-704-8474

We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information, please visit: www.uc.pa.gov

Image Description: UC Service Center sign language interpreter services will not be available November 25-27, 2020
Information and Updates: www.uc.pa.gov

😷 Masks are still required indoors and outdoors and are now also required indoors anytime you’re with people outside of ...
11/18/2020
How to Communicate With Those Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing While Wearing a Mask

😷 Masks are still required indoors and outdoors and are now also required indoors anytime you’re with people outside of your household — even if you’re socially distant.

For tips and ideas on how to communicate with those who are #deaf or hard of hearing while wearing a mask, please take a moment to watch our video below.

For clear face mask resources, please visit
➡️ https://bit.ly/38Iv9B7.

For exceptions to the mask order, including exceptions for individuals with medical conditions or disabilities, please visit ➡️ https://bit.ly/3lKZNiK.

#MaskUpPa

Learn ways that you can communicate with those who are deaf or hard of hearing while you are wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19

We want to give a shout out to our amazing interpreting team and Commonwealth Media Services for working with us last we...
11/12/2020

We want to give a shout out to our amazing interpreting team and Commonwealth Media Services for working with us last week to ensure election coverage was #accessible for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Great job team! #InclusionWorks

Photo description: Two interpreters and ODHH Director Melissa Hawkins smile for a photo during election coverage.

🗳 Do you have questions about voting in this year’s election? If so, the National Association of the Deaf - NAD's ASL Vo...
10/27/2020
National Association of the Deaf - NAD

🗳 Do you have questions about voting in this year’s election? If so, the National Association of the Deaf - NAD's ASL Voter Hotline can help by providing resources on the voting process. Contact them at 301-818-VOTE (301-818-8683) or visit the below link for more info.

Do you have hearing loss-related questions or are you looking for info on assistive technology, sign language interprete...
10/23/2020

Do you have hearing loss-related questions or are you looking for info on assistive technology, sign language interpreters or equal access?

Are you in need of advocacy assistance for services you deserve or need help with the referral process for deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing services?

We are HERE FOR YOU.

Email our team at [email protected] or call us at 717-783-4912 (v/tty) or 717-831-1928 (videophone).

We look forward to working with you!

Image description: Text: We're ALWAYS here for you. Our team is pictured participating in a video conference call. Left to right: Admin Assistant Dee Dee Keiser, ODHH Representative Ben Moonan, ODHH Representative Denise Brown and ODHH Director Melissa Hawkins. Email icon: [email protected], phone icon: 717-783-4912 (v/tty) and smart phone icon: 717-831-1928 (videophone).

Motion Light Lab has compiled #ASL literacy activities, including storytellings, lessons and worksheets, to support your...
10/22/2020
ASL Literacy Activities

Motion Light Lab has compiled #ASL literacy activities, including storytellings, lessons and worksheets, to support your child's learning at home, and, during #COVID19, they are making their resources FREE at specific times.

Learn more ⬇️.

10/21/2020
Information about Voting in PA in ASL

We are excited to share with you #election resources our team developed!

Please note: The General Election is November 3, 2020. The last day to register to vote was October 19, and the last day to request a mail-in ballot is October 27. You can get information on voting at www.Votespa.com. ODHH is here to help if you need assistance understanding information on how to vote.

You can print our communication card to take with you to the voting poll at: https://bit.ly/3jp6m92.

The National Association of the Deaf - NAD’s ASL Voter Hotline can be reached at:
https://www.nad.org/asl-voter-hotline
301-818-VOTE
(301-818-8683)

Call us at 717-783-4912 (Voice) or 717-831-1928 (videophone) or email us at [email protected] for assistance.

👀 Looking for a fun way for your teen to build confidence and skills at home? Check out Deafverse, a free game developed...
10/20/2020
deafverse.com

👀 Looking for a fun way for your teen to build confidence and skills at home? Check out Deafverse, a free game developed by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes that helps teenagers who are Deaf learn important skills for success in high school and beyond.

10/16/2020
National Association of the Deaf - NAD

“Job searching is incredibly difficult and it can feel like a full time job…don’t give up!” – Isidore Niyongabo, Human Resources Director for Convo Communications, sharing his employment journey and advice in the below National Association of the Deaf - NAD [email protected] video

Isidore shares some great employment tips from his lens as a Human Resources Director! #DeafAtWork

When announcing their 31st overall pick in the NHL draft last week, San Jose Sharks' director of amateur scouting Doug W...
10/14/2020
Sharks' Doug Wilson Jr. uses sign language while drafting prospect with deaf parent

When announcing their 31st overall pick in the NHL draft last week, San Jose Sharks' director of amateur scouting Doug Wilson Jr. first signed the announcement of Ozzy Wiesblatt as their pick for Ozzy's mother, who is #Deaf. #ASL #InclusionWorks

San Jose Sharks executive Doug Wilson Jr. used sign language before announcing Ozzy Wiesblatt's name because Wiesblatt's mother is deaf.

It's October and that means it's time to start practicing your #Halloween #ASL signs! Click on the ASDC - American Socie...
10/09/2020
ASL Signs for October - Video - American Society for Deaf Children

It's October and that means it's time to start practicing your #Halloween #ASL signs! Click on the ASDC - American Society for Deaf Children's video link below to learn how to sign pumpkin, spooky, jack-o-lantern, haunted house, ghost and more! 🎃👻

Learn spooky ASL signs for October with ASL teacher Ursa Rewolinski!

Thanks to these guides from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, you can help ensure the success of stude...
10/08/2020
Deaf Success in Fall 2020

Thanks to these guides from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, you can help ensure the success of students who are #Deaf during #COVID19 and beyond. Access the college, high school and family guides via the link below!

Deaf Success in Fall 2020: Guides for Colleges, High Schools, and Families Fall 2020 is full of uncertainty and stress. Supporting your deaf students doesn’t have to be, thanks to these guides from the National Deaf Center. You’ll find key strategies, common pitfalls to avoid, and evidence-based...

10/07/2020
Mandy Harvey

Mandy Harvey just announced she is partnering with Voya and Disability:IN to host a National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Concert on Oct. 20!

Learn more ⬇️.

So Excited to be partnering with Voya and Disability:IN to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month! October 20th 8PM EDT 5PM PST there will be a full band concert right here! This concert will feature some of my favorite artists as we ask CEOs around the world to hire people with disabilities and have an inclusive workforce! This is a special time of year because we take the time to focus on making change in positive ways and this year especially as we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ADA! ARE YOU IN?! #areyouin #voya #voyacares #disabilityIN #mandyharvey

#DidYouKnow that Apple iOS 14 includes two accessibility options for individuals who are #Deaf or hard of hearing? 1️⃣ S...
10/05/2020
iOS 14 - Features

#DidYouKnow that Apple iOS 14 includes two accessibility options for individuals who are #Deaf or hard of hearing?

1️⃣ Sign Language Prominence: FaceTime can now detect when a participant is using sign language and make the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call.
2️⃣ Sound Recognition: Users can receive notifications when a particular type of sound or alert, such as a fire alarm or doorbell, is detected.

The latest features and enhancements, app updates, and more in iOS 14 for iPhone.

Why is a clear face mask the best mask to facilitate communication? People with hearing loss and some people with disabi...
10/02/2020
paautism.org

Why is a clear face mask the best mask to facilitate communication?

People with hearing loss and some people with disabilities rely on your lips and facial expressions to communicate. Your mouth and eyes reveal visual info, like emotions, tone of voice and #ASL grammar.

Check out the below guide from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and ASERT Autism Resources for information on clear mask resources, including instructions on how to make your own!

As virtual learning becomes an increasing part of educational programs, ensuring inclusion and equal access for students...
10/01/2020
Making Online Learning Accessible for Deaf Students: A Guide for Disability Services

As virtual learning becomes an increasing part of educational programs, ensuring inclusion and equal access for students is key! The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes has created a guide for making online learning accessible for students who are #Deaf.

Access the guide via the link below!

This guide gives disability service offices tools to increase readiness to serve deaf students for online courses through proactive planning and being prepared to respond to requests from students and faculty members.

#DidYouKnow that the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has a Hearing Loss in Children page, where you can find resources...
09/29/2020
Resources | Parent's Guide to Hearing Loss | CDC

#DidYouKnow that the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has a Hearing Loss in Children page, where you can find resources on family support, education, communication, hearing screenings and more?

This section includes website addresses, contact information, and brief descriptions for organizations that provide information related to children with hearing loss and their families.

09/28/2020
2020 Census

Did you know our population count determines how much federal funding 💰 we’ll receive for education, healthcare, transportation and more? Participate in the #2020Census by Sept. 30. Respond online at https://my2020census.gov/. #PAcounts

#DidYouKnow it's International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf)? This year's theme is Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights, a...
09/25/2020
International Week of the Deaf 2020 | WFD

#DidYouKnow it's International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf)? This year's theme is Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights, and the World Federation of the Deaf Ry has created an IWDeaf page with graphics, informational videos and daily themes to help you participate!

Learn more ⤵️.

International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf) is the last full week in September, and this year's theme is ➡️ Reaffirming Deaf...
09/16/2020
International Week of the Deaf 2020 | WFD

International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf) is the last full week in September, and this year's theme is ➡️ Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights!

Click on the link below for more information, graphics, videos and daily themes for #IWDeaf.

Check out the below article from 25 News KXXV featuring Mart Independent School District Head Football Coach Kevin Hoffm...
09/15/2020
Mart head football coach's play-calling inspired by his deaf parents

Check out the below article from 25 News KXXV featuring Mart Independent School District Head Football Coach Kevin Hoffman who shares how his play-calling is inspired by his parents, both of whom were #Deaf.

In the game of football, every team has a way to communicate plays on the fly, but for Mart Head Football Coach Kevin Hoffman, these signs mean a little bit more.

This #FlashbackFriday, we’re highlighting our 2019 Hearing Loss Expo that took place last November. At the Expo, over 37...
09/04/2020

This #FlashbackFriday, we’re highlighting our 2019 Hearing Loss Expo that took place last November. At the Expo, over 375 attendees had the opportunity to test assistive technology; network; attend educational presentations; learn about resources and tools available for Pennsylvanians who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing; and so much! #EmpoweringSuccess

Have you checked out the CDC's #COVID19 #ASL video series? Access prevention tips, social distancing information, answer...
08/21/2020
#COVID-19 ASL

Have you checked out the CDC's #COVID19 #ASL video series? Access prevention tips, social distancing information, answers to children's COVID-19 questions and more ⬇️.

Do you have hearing loss-related questions or are you looking for info on assistive technology, sign language interprete...
08/11/2020

Do you have hearing loss-related questions or are you looking for info on assistive technology, sign language interpreters or equal access?

Are you in need of advocacy assistance for services you deserve or need help with the referral process for deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing services?

We are HERE FOR YOU.

Email our team at [email protected] or call us at 717-783-4912 (v/tty) or 717-831-1928 (videophone).

We look forward to working with you!

Image description: Text: We're ALWAYS here for you. Our team is pictured participating in a video conference call. Left to right: Admin Assistant Dee Dee Keiser, ODHH Representative Ben Moonan, ODHH Representative Denise Brown and ODHH Director Melissa Hawkins. Email icon: [email protected], phone icon: 717-783-4912 (v/tty) and smart phone icon: 717-831-1928 (videophone).

#DidYouKnow that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has created a Mental Health in PA page for mental health ...
08/10/2020
PA Recovery

#DidYouKnow that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has created a Mental Health in PA page for mental health and substance use disorder resources? Click on the link below to access info on Reach Out PA, suicide prevention, veteran assistance and more.

If you or someone you know is struggling and needs to talk, please contact any of the following helplines:

- PA Support & Referral Helpline ➡️ 1-855-284-2494; TTY: 724-631-5600
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ➡️ 1-800-273-TALK (8255); Web chat ➡️ https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
- Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
- Crisis Text Line ➡️ Text "PA" to 741-741
- Veteran Crisis Line ➡️ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Disaster Distress Helpline ➡️ 1-800-985-5990

Do you have questions about how to handle calls from individuals with hearing loss who are using relay services or need ...
08/05/2020
www.dli.pa.gov

Do you have questions about how to handle calls from individuals with hearing loss who are using relay services or need guidance on how to talk on the phone with a caller who is hard of hearing?

If so, we've got you covered! Access our Call Center Guide below to learn effective communication tips for speaking with individuals experiencing hearing loss.

#DidYouKnow that you can find guides, templates, overviews, publications, videos and more on a variety of topics, includ...
08/03/2020
Resources

#DidYouKnow that you can find guides, templates, overviews, publications, videos and more on a variety of topics, including accommodations, transition, mental health and interpreting, on the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes' resources page?

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ODHH is your first stop on the way of finding the information you need! Our staff is ready to assist you weather you are looking for a local sign language class or where to get a captioned telephone. Please see the "note" section to find the office closest to you.

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Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

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