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Deaf Access Programs (DAP)

Date: 11/16/17

Did you know that there are eight state funded, regional non-profit organizations that serve the Deaf community? They have no eligibility requirements, other than a demonstrated need for services. They are “of, by, and for” deaf and hard of hearing people. These organizations offer a variety of services, including:

Communication Services

  • Assistance in obtaining qualified sign language interpreters
  • Translation of documents for deaf clients with limited language skills
  • Information about assistive technology, hearing dogs, and access to public videophones


  • Intervention in crisis situations, such as spousal, child, or adult abuse
  • Peer counseling


  • Assistance in crisis situations by intervening to ensure all public services – including social, health, and safety services are available to the deaf and hard of hearing population.
  • Workshops and training around civil, employment, and consumer rights

Independent Living Skills training

  • Assistance in developing skills needed to live more independently and how to access resources, and less dependent on government programs, and understanding and accessing resources and services

Job Development and Placement

  • Employment related services, such as career counseling, referral to job training programs, and workshops on obtaining/retaining employment
  • Technical assistance to employers on accommodating deaf and hard of hearing employees

Community Education

  • Increase public awareness and understanding the needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals
  • Alert potential clients to the numerous services available
  • Conduct outreach to draw clients out of isolation


Deaf Access Programs are located all over the State. Find your local organization:

Deaf Community Services of San Diego (DCS)
Counties Served: Imperial and San Diego 

Center on Deafness – Inland Empire (CODIE)
Counties Served: Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino 

Orange County Deaf Equal Access Foundation (OC-DEAF)
Counties Served: Orange

Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD)
Counties Served: Kern and Los Angeles

Tri County GLAD
Counties Served: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center (DHHSC)
Counties Served: Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, and Tulare

NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NorCal)
Counties Served: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba


DAP Headquarters Contact list