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Welcome to DHHSD

One out of five Minnesotans over the age of 12 lives with hearing loss. Each person experiences hearing loss differently and benefits from a unique combination of communication support, strategies and services. 

We’re here to help. 

The Minnesota Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division – or DHHSD – creates and delivers a wide range of innovative programs and services to help children and adults who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing. 

Our experienced staff understands the unique needs of the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community. We are committed to helping you find: 

  • Critical resources 
  • Assistive technology information, resources and programs 
  • Support services 
  • Mental health services and referrals 

Simply click the topic in the menu at top that best describes you or your need and you’re on your way to a solution. 

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, contact us to connect directly with an experienced DHHSD staff member by mail, telephone, videophone or email – whatever method works best for you.

Are you ready for the 2020 Census?

Soon, you may start seeing advertisements about the 2020 Census. To help people understand what the census is all about, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division and the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing developed some American Sign Language and English videos. Learn more about the 2020 Census.

Learn more about assistive technology

Assistive technology helps people who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing and late-deafened live more independently and safely. Technology advancements have led to more access, choices and inclusion for many people.

Education and learning resources

Looking for more in-depth information on hearing loss and its effects on communication, independence and inclusion? You’ve come to the right place! 

DHHSD has compiled a variety of resources for: 

  • People with hearing loss 
  • Family members 
  • Caregivers 
  • Service providers 
  • Teachers 
  • Employers 
  • Mental health and medical professionals

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