Special Programs and Projects

Family Services Program


  • Reaching Out and Communicating with Kids who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ROCK)

This program provides direct services to families with deaf or hard of hearing children. Our service provider can make home visits with the intent to improve communication in the home, with ASL instruction being a key component. Services can be adapted to fit the needs of the families, within reason. This has in the past been funded by both Bank of Sierra and DHHSC fundraising. Currently funded by DHHSC on a limited basis. We continue to seek regular funding and welcome donations.

  • Youth Employment Services (YES!): Presentations/activities with Deaf/HH high school students to prepare them a little more for life after high school, specifically regarding employment. This program’s capability changes with funding.

Deaf Blind Support Group

  • Mission: Provide the Deaf-Blind Community an opportunity to interact with their peers, develop a support system, and share resources in a communication-accessible environment leading to personal empowerment and independent living
  • Meeting Times: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 11:00am – 3:00pm at Fresno Headquarters DHHSC

Current grant-funded programs

  • Deaf and hard of hearing Wellness Video series (D-Well Videos) for the Merced Outreach office, funded by United Way of Merced County
    • Description: This program provides monthly videos on health-related topics, which greatly benefit our community. 
  • ASL 4 Kids for the Merced Outreach office, funded by First 5 Merced County
    • Description: This program provides American Sign Language instruction to children in Merced County aged 0 to 5.
  • Deaf Youth Program for the Visalia Outreach office, funded by United Way of Tulare County
    • Description: This program provides ROCK services, IEP advocacy, and tutoring to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
  • Deaf Access for the Salinas Outreach office, funded by Harden Foundation
    • Description: This program provides primarily systems advocacy for our community. Our focus was on improving accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members at various organizations and businesses, such as hospitals, law centers, police departments, and more. In addition to systems advocacy, we provided a self-advocacy workshop.
  • Our Deaf Culture, Our Deaf History program, funded by Community Foundation of Monterey County’s Doolittle Fund
    • Description: This program provides ASL instruction to any children between the ages of  0 and 5, regardless of whether they are Deaf or hearing. Priority is given to families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, but the program is also open to hearing kids with the goal of teaching these kids about ASL and their Deaf peers to reduce communication and cultural barriers.
  • Family Services Program for all four of our offices, funded by Whitney Foundation.
    • Description: This program provides at-home American Sign Language instruction (ROCK program), employment preparation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing high school students (YES! program), IEP advocacy, and literacy development.  This grant also made it possible for us to bring back a DOR fee-for-service LEAD (Language, Employment, Assessment and Development) program on a trial basis.
  • deSIGN Artists United: Women and Children’s Series
    • Description: Unlike other local classes, our deSIGN Artists United workshops are facilitated in American Sign Language, providing our clients with a very accessible environment for creating art. This version of the program focuses on women and children, to honor the terms of the grant funding.
  • Our Salinas and Merced Outreach offices also provide DOR fee-for-service
    • Description: This program provides employment services for DOR consumers referred to us by DOR.
  • Fresno Headquarters now contract with DOR for LEAD assessments and classes.
    • Description: This program provides literacy services to DOR consumers referred to us. Classes focus on work-related vocabulary, to further prepare DOR consumers for eventual employment.