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.

Current grant-funded programs

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • CalFresh Program funded by CDSS.
    • Description: (Details to come soon).
  • Emergency Preparedness funded by CERV of Monterey County