The mission of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center (DHHC) is to empower Southwest Florida's deaf and hard of hearing citizens and their families through education, advocacy, and community involvement.
Programs and Services
The DHHC provides a variety of programs and services in Southwest Florida, throughout Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties. Our programs and services include: community education & outreach, interpreting services, sign language classes, advocacy services, FTRI telephone equipment loan program, support for families with deaf children, Shared Reading Project, job assistance, and information and referral services.
The Deaf Service Center of Southwest Florida, Inc. was 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 to “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, and Glades counties. In 2012, we began using the title "Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center" (DHHC) in order to be more inclusive of hard of hearing individuals in our services.