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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.

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.

How to communicate with ASL users

Receiving and sharing information is essential to learning, exchanging ideas, expressing feelings and forming relationships. This can be a major obstacle for people who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and the people they are communicating with. Learn more about communications access.

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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