Community Center for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

The Community Center for the Deaf serves the counties of: Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.

The Mansfield Community Center for the Deaf serves 9 counties in north-central Ohio.

Ohio's Community Centers for the Deaf, partially funded by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, are a one-stop shop for services to Deaf individuals. Here, consumers have access to professional sign language interpreting, the latest assistive technologies, educational resources, and much more. The Mansfield Community Center for the Deaf also provides educational services to the broader community in order to increase deaf awareness. 

The mission of the Community Center for the Deaf is to bridge the gap between the Deaf and Hearing communities.

Services | The Community Center for the Deaf provides a diverse selection of services, ranging from interpreting for the hearing impaired to education of the community as a whole on matters relating to Deaf culture.

Interpreting | Our professional sign language interpreters each satisfy the federal Americans with Disabilities Act’s definition of a qualified sign language interpreter as one “who is able to interpret effectively, accurately and impartially both receptively and expressively, using any necessary specialized vocabulary.” Our interpreters are versed in American Sign Language and Contact Signing.

Availability | Interpreting services are available 24/7 by calling 419-756-1133.

Emergency Availability | Should you require interpreting services for an after-hours emergency, please call the Helpline at 419-522-HELP (4357).

Captioning | A Captioning service is now available to accommodate those who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing who may not sign or prefer this method of communication. This is a computer-based captioning service that uses a trained captionist, who types what is being said. While this device has many applications for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, it is particularly beneficial to Deaf students, Deaf employees in the workplace, Deaf individuals in a medical or court setting needing interpreting.  For those who have lost their hearing due to aging or injury and have not learned to sign, Captioning is also very useful.

Interpreting and Captioning services are available in many settings:

  • at physical and mental health appointments,
  • at legal appointments,
  • when interacting with law enforcement,
  • in educational settings (classroom, pre-K to college, school programs and meetings, parent/teacher conferences),
  • in vocational settings (job interviews and training, staff/employer meetings), and
  • for social service needs.

Availability |  Captioning services must be scheduled; captioners can be reached Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm at 419-756-1133 during regular business hours.

Support Services | The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing offers a wide variety of support services to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing groups and individuals. Some examples are:

  • Accessing resources in rural areas
  • Connecting to community resources
  • Resumes and employment applications
  • Personal Budgeting
  • Written correspondence and literacy
  • Family sign language instruction and education
  • Referrals for acquiring communication devices
  • Workshops specific to the needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals

The Community Center for the Deaf also hosts a summer youth program called "Do It Deaf." To register online for OYO Camp go to www.oyocamp.org.

Walk-in Hours | Walk-in hours offer Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing persons the opportunity to get one-on-one help from our Deaf Services staff. Walk-in hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Although we try to keep these times available, please keep in mind that we may occasionally be off-site for interpreting assignments. If this is the case, we may not be able to serve you immediately. Walk-in hours are held at The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing in The Rehab Center, 270 Sterkel Blvd., Mansfield, OH 44907.

Public Video Phone | CCD's public video phone is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am - 6:30 pm. If our walk-in hours do not fit your schedule, you may make an appointment with us by calling 419-774-2255 (voice) or 419-775-4647 (video).

Family Sign Language Classes | Classes in American Sign Language are available to families on a for-fee service basis and designed specifically for immediate family members, guardians and/or primary care takers of a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing individual who communicates through American Sign Language. The timeline of the classes is based on the family's needs, and they may be scheduled by calling 419-756-1133.

Newsletter | The Mansfield Community Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing makes available a quarterly newsletter devoted to issues within the Deaf community. To sign up for the newsletter, contact Deaf Services at 419-774-2255, or sign up online.

Leadership | At the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, one of our goals is to empower Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals to be leaders of their own lives and in the community.

Transitional Youth Services | Transitional Youth Services assists youths aged 14 to 19 in utilizing the pepnet 2 MapIt program. The MapIt program aids youths in developing a transition plan by focusing on who they are, what they want, and how they get there. 

DSAT Curriculum Online | Effective advocacy for interpreting services has been a long-time concern for Deaf Community leaders. With RSA funding support since 2005, DSAT is a curriculum designed to be taught by Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deaf-Blind trainers to other consumers. This specialized curriculum is devoted to teaching deaf individuals to self-advocate for effective interpreting services. The contant of the curriculum includes concepts of self-esteem and self-determination, the law, ethics of working with interpreters, video relay interpreting, preparing for self-advocacy, and how to effectively tap resources.

Please follow this link for more information: DSAT Toolkit.

Other Resources| Many other resources exist for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals online

Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work — presented in American Sign Language (ASL).

ASL: Get Free Tax Help — provides an introduction to the free tax preparation services available to qualified taxpayers.

ASL: What to Bring at Tax Time — focuses on the process of completing the Intake/Interview & Quality Review Sheet, and documents necessary for taxpayers to bring.

ASL: Understanding Your Tax Return — provides information on completing the tax form 1040 and goes through the tax preparation.

Advocacy & Education | Increasing Deaf awareness is a continual goal of the Community Center for the Deaf as part of our mission to bridge the gap between the Deaf and Hearing communities. To this end, we offer classes to the general public in American Sign Language, workshops, training, and presentations.

These events cover the basis of how Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing persons communicate, cultural differences, and family dynamics. Agencies may wish to schedule staff in-services to present information about Deaf awareness and effective communication. Written information as well as seminars can be requested to assist organizations and school systems with serving or increasing services to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing population. 

Obtaining Services | Many consumers come to us through referrals. These may come from an individual, family member, family physician, community resource, caregiver or employer.

Requesting Services | The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing staff can be contacted by calling The Rehab Center at 419-756-1133 during regular business hours, which are:

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (we are occasionally off-site for interpreting assignments)
  • Director (voice): 419-774-2255
  • Director (video phone): 419-775-4647

Payment Method | Interpreting and Captioning services are provided on a fee-for-service basis and are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (visit Disability Rights Ohio for more information). For more specific details or questions please call the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing at 419-774-2255.

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