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The Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is an office within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry that serves all 67 counties. ODHH is your first stop on the path to learn about anything and everything related to hearing loss, such as services, technology, sign language interpreters, or laws that require equal access for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.

ODHH is ready to serve as liaison, open doors, explain procedures and make referrals. No request is too small.

Announcements

Stakeholder group: Sign Language Interpreter & Transliterator State Registration Act (Act 57)

This group is tasked in making recommendations to the Department of Labor & Industry regarding possible changes to the act. ODHH is leading the group.

The group is meeting monthly and the meetings are open to observers. Observers are not permitted to participate in the meeting.

If a person would like to provide input, please contact ODHH or a member of your stakeholder group.

Meeting information

The meetings are in Harrisburg at the ODHH office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on:

  • January 26, 2018
  • February 23, 2018
  • March 23, 2018
  • April 27, 2018
  • June 1, 2018
Address: 1521 North 6th Street

Harrisburg, PA 17102-1104

Sign language interpreters and CART is scheduled. If you need another accommodation, please contact ODHH at least 1 week prior to the meeting date.

Meeting dates may be changed due to weather and/or additional meeting will be added to the schedule.

Meeting Minutes from 9/29/17 Meeting

Meeting Minutes from 8/25/17 Meeting

Meeting Minutes from 6/29/17 Meeting

Information from 2/24/17 Meeting

Meeting Minutes from 3/21/17 Meeting

Meeting Minutes from 4/21/17 Meeting

Meeting Minutes from 5/19/17 Meeting

Membership List

Act 57 stakeholder membership List


Update: Hearing Loss Expo 2016

One-of-a-kind event! Workshops, products, services, organizations, and social groups about people who are hard of hearing, deaf, and deafblind! Perfect place to talk to an audiologist, get a free hearing/vision screening, check-out technology, learn about interpreters and much, much more…

Register for training about hearing loss
or for all three interactive workshops

The expo is free and open to the public. For more information, check out the brochure or the expo page.


View the 2016 Hearing Loss Expo Flyer


Workshop in Pittsburgh

Do you have questions about your rights under federal laws when providers utilize VRI services for your appointment or hospital stays? How can I best advocate for myself when VRI is not effective? Look no further than October 1st, 2016 when ODHH will provide a workshop to answer your questions.


Interpreter database

On July 1, 2016 the new online registered interpreter database became available. For now, the database only tracks state-registered interpreters. In the near future, provisionally registered interpreters will be added to the database. Please continue to contact ODHH for a list of provisionally registered interpreters or to verify registration. As with any new system there may be hiccups, ODHH would appreciate knowing of any problems you may encounter as you use the database. Also, you may contact ODHH for assistance with the database, or to verify an interpreter registration.

Interpreter registration system

Effective July 1, 2016 the interpreter registration system will not be available as we transition to a new system. The new system will register and track state and provisional registrations. ODHH will notify all interpreters when the system is available and will provide you with instructions to access it. At this time ODHH does not have a firm date of when the new system will be online. However, we anticipate it may be a few weeks due to testing and transferring of data.

In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Dee Dee Keiser at dkeiser@pa.gov or 717-783-4912 v/tty or at 717-831-1928 videophone. Thank you for your patience!


Effective December 31, 2015: Erie ODHH office's videophone will be disconnected. Please contact ODHH at:
717-831-1928 videophone
717-783-4912 v/tty
odhh@pa.gov

Dec. 11, 2015: ODHH is now on YouTube! ODHH posted videos regarding office and staffing changes. More videos will be posted, so stay tuned!

The quickest way to find us is:

  • Go to www.youtube.com
  • Search for "Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry"
  • Then search for ODHH within the Labor & Industry channel, or click on one of our videos from the video list.

Erie ODHH Office: January 2016 dates

Erie ODHH office will be open by appointment only on Jan. 7 and Jan. 21, 2016. To make an appointment contact Ben Moonan at bmoonan@pa.gov, or at 814-255-0230 phone/videophone, or 717-783-4912 tty.

For more information, view the video on YouTube.

Effective Nov. 1, 2015, you will notice three changes within ODHH:

  • Reduction in staff due to retirement
  • Erie ODHH office will be open on a limited basis
  • Staff re-assignment

For more information, please read the document or view the video on YouTube.


Hearing aids & assistive technology: what you need to know

This guide answers the most common questions about hearing aids and assistive technology received by ODHH. It educates individuals about the process of obtaining hearing aids, informs individuals of possible funding options, and promotes the use of assistive technology to allow individuals to have a fulfilling and independent life.


Advisory Council for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

2017 meeting dates:

  • March 22
  • June 28
  • September 27
  • December 6
Time   9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Location   PATTAN
Cambria Room
6340 Flank Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112

Meeting is accessible via State-Registered interpreters, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), and an assistive listening system.

Additional accomodations will be provided upon request.

Contact ODHH:
717-783-4912 v/tty
717-831-1928 videophone
ra-li-ovr-odhh@pa.gov