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Reception Community Partner: DEAF COMMUNITY SERVICES OF SAN DIEGO

Founded in 1974 as the Central Deaf Association, Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc. is the only nonprofit agency in San Diego that serves deaf, hard-of-hearing, and late-deafened children and adults. Their clients include seniors with hearing loss, individuals who use cochlear implants or hearing aids, deaf infants and children whose parents are seeking advice and guidance, and members of the Deaf community whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL). They also welcome educators, professionals, and service providers looking for information and support.

Their skilled and knowledgeable staff works with clients one-on-one to overcome communication barriers, improve functioning and life skills, and educate the public. The global impact of deafness on an individual is profound and often misunderstood. DCS offers a wide menu of services specially designed to match clients’ needs in their preferred language, whether spoken English, Spanish, or ASL.

Many of their staff are Deaf and understand first-hand the difficulties and challenges that clients face in society. All employees are trained to treat everyone who enters our doors with dignity and respect.

DCS is an “…of, by, and for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing” agency. They offer services to anyone regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or physical/mental handicap. DCS is an equal opportunity employer funded in part by the California State Department of Social Services, the California State Employment Development Department, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the County of San Diego, and the California Vocational Rehabilitation Department.

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