Special Programs and Projects

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.

Connect Inspire Succeed (CIS):

Workshops in the Fresno office, geared toward setting personal goals and working to succeed in achieving them, using community resources. CIS represents:

Connect with Community Resources
Inspired to Achieve
Succeed in My Goals

Goals are set using several different approaches, such as defining areas of interests for setting goals, developing a plan, making contacts with resources in the community if needed, and following through step-by-step. As new community needs are recognized, new approaches are used. Currently, the focus is on working with clients on “Positive Solution-Focused Goals” as an extension from the Deaf Women’s Conference speaker last spring. Clients are working on looking at goals from a positive perspective and seeing the pros and cons of achieving those goals, especially inner feelings of accomplishment.

Family Services Program


  • Parents Raising Awesome, Independent, Safe, and Energetic (PRAISE) Kids

Parenting skills training is offered through a three-month program, with classes taught every Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The fee is $60 for three months, which includes instructional materials.  Some topics include:

How to effectively communicate
Discipline techniques
Increasing empathy
Appropriate expectations
Increasing self-esteem
Child Development

  • 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.

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 Tuesday of each Month from 11:00am – 3:00pm at Fresno Headquarters DHHSC