Deafness and Hard-of-Hearing affects an estimated 34 million people. Since 1978, Community Services for the Deaf (CSD) provides a wide variety of programs and services to meet the needs of people who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. Services are also available for their family members, service providers, businesses, individuals, groups and communities.
Services are provided from our main office, the satellite location in Piqua, and within the home and the community. CSD provides a number of specialized services that include:
Walk-In Service Hours:
CSD offers open walk-in hours for many services, as follows:
Main Office in Dayton:
Every Wednesday (excluding national holidays)
from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Every 1st and 3rd Thursday (excluding national holidays)
from 8:30 - 11: 00 a.m.
No appointments are needed during this time to receive assistance with information, advocacy and referral support. We can assist with understanding paperwork, filling out applications, making phone calls, answering questions and more.
Sign Language Interpreting:
American Sign Language, SEE, Deaf-Blind and Oral interpreting are available. CSD provides interpreting services for a variety of events and needs, including: doctor's appointments; legal proceedings; educational programs; employment matters, and many other scheduled meetings. Services are also available for special events in the community. To learn more about interpreters, click here to contact CSD.
C-Print Services:Counseling & Case Management:
C-Print is a computer-aided, speech-to-print captioning service that uses two laptop computers, connected by a cable. The captionist uses special software to type the spoken information, which instantly appears on the second computer for the recipient. This is often used in education, legal and medical settings, and is convenient when working with individuals who are not as comfortable using ASL interpreting or other interpreting methods.
Counseling and case management services are available for Deaf and Hard-of Hearing families, individuals, and couples. Marriage, grief and mental health counseling is also available. We have a psychiatrist on staff, as well as licensed counselors and case managers who use American Sign Language.
Prevention Services and Camping Activitites for Deaf and KODA Kids:
Curriculum-based prevention programs serve Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and hearing youth in developing drug-free lifestyles. Prevention programs are available to schools, camps and other community partners. Camping and leadership programs are also provided to support Deaf and KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults) kids. Click here for more information.
Information, Advocacy and Referral:
CSD has general information about deafness and locating community resources, as well as information about the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Community Services for the Deaf offers American Sign Language I & II. Students learn basic communication sign language in addition to learning about Deaf culture and the history of sign language. See our schedule of classes
Sign Language Class In-Services:
If you have a large group of people, we would be happy to set up an in-service for you. We can work with any group including offices, school groups, scout groups, etc. and are able to cover a variety of topics. Learn more
Education about Deaf Culture:
CSD provides in-service sessions about Deaf Culture, basics on Deafness and hearing loss, Understanding Americans with Disabilities Act, using interpreting services, and other topics.
Groups, Independent Skills Classes, Deaf Kids and Teens Activities and Camps, American Sign Language Classes, Kids of Deaf Adults (KODA) Camps, Consultations, DeafEND (drug and alcohol prevention education), and In-Service Training on Deaf Culture and the use of text telephones (TTY/TDD) and video phones are also available.
CSD also serves as a catalyst to provide people who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing links to other resources. Contact Community Services for the Deaf