Community Resource

Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Department of Human Services in NJ

(609) 588-2648
Trenton

Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Department of Human Services in NJ

If you are a deaf or hard of hearing person and are experiencing barriers to services and programs, DDHH has a deaf language advocacy program, staffed by deaf and hard of hearing specialists, that can advocate for you in a variety of ways.


DDHH deaf and hard of hearing specialists can help you access information you need, or go with you to meetings, in a supportive role. The deaf and hard of hearing specialists can link you to other resources that can help you access the services and programs you need.

DDHH Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialists:

Work to eliminate language barriers that many deaf and hard of hearing people face in accessing everyday services

Provide support so that the consumer's concerns and views are given value.

Give information in a language-accessible manner so that the consumer can make informed choices and are aware of their rights.

Work to empower the consumer to advocate for themselves in the future.

Principles of DDHH deaf and hard of hearing specialists:

Putting people first – advocating for the needs of the consumer in a language-accessible manner

Confidentiality – not disclosing information unless instructed by consumer

Accessibility – adapting services to meet individual consumer's needs

Empowerment – empowering consumers so they can do as much themselves as possible.

Accountability – information relayed to consumer from reliable sources

Clarity of purpose – clear expectations of what consumers can and cannot expect from advocacy

What to do next?
If you are in need of advocacy, contact DDHH Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialists at (609) 503-4862 (VP) or email at [email protected]

Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Health Services
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Payment Options
  • State Funding
Language Spoken
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
Areas Served
  • State-Wide

Last Updated: 02/24/21