Center on Deafness, a not-for-profit Illinois corporation, began serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community over thirty years ago. Our mission is to serve adults who have hearing impairments with additional disabilities, such as mental illness or developmental disabilities. We are one of a few organizations in the country that serves the deaf and hard of hearing population who have additional disabilities. Since it's inception, the Center has had as its purpose, the treatment and rehabilitation of clients who may return to the community or be integrated into the community with assistance. Residential services for adults are located in the community, residing in apartments, townhouses and/or homes to create a less restrictive and more normal environment. Experienced staff, trained in the area of deafness and fluent in the use of sign language, provide treatment, life skills training, and vocational and social skills training to clients. Certified and licensed social workers and/or counselors, nurse, vocational and educational staff are part of the team that provides service to our clients.
The Center on Deafness is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and certified by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), the Illinois Department of Human Services and is an Illinois Licensed Medicaid Provider. The Center is also approved by various other states within the United States to serve clients.
Over the many years that the Center on Deafness has been in operation, hundreds of adults have been served and returned to the community. Numerous adult clients have been moved from state hospital programs and with support live in the community and have secured employment. The Center has established itself as a unique facility for the deaf and hard of hearing population with the ability to design and implement individualized programs to meet the specific needs of this very challenged population.
The Center provides Vocational Services for adults and operates an adult day program. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for clients to be personally productive and develop vocational skills and improve self-esteem. Several of our adult clients have secured employment in the community.
Our residential program provides a home-like environment for adults. Residences are integrated in the community, apartment, and townhouse settings. Staff provide training in independent living skills and social interaction. The adult residences include Community Living Arrangements (CILA) for adults with developmental disabilities and supervised living for those adults who have mental illness. All residences are open 365 days a year.
Sign Language Classes bridge the communication gap between the deaf community and the hearing community. Classes range from Beginners Level through Intermediate and Advanced. Family classes and instruction for children are provided in the summer.
SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS INFORMATION
First Class: January 24th
Last Class: March 14th
First Class: April 11th
Last Class: May 30th
First Class: July 11th
Last Class: August 29th
First Class: September 19th
Last Class: November 7th
The Center On Deafness is a
501(c)3 nonprofit organization.