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It Starts With You.

The D/HH/DB community faces severe economic challenges due to unemployment and underemployment, despite the valuable and unique skills they bring to the workplace. Please join us and become an important part of helping to improve the lives and futures of members of Arizona’s D/HH/DB community.

By supporting us, you support a better Arizona for everyone.

To get started, call the Commission (602-542-3323) to discuss how we can help you participate in the Let’s Get to Work initiative.

About Us

The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing is a national leader in the provision of communication access, support services, and community empowerment throughout Arizona.

Our purpose is to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sector, accessibility for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind to improve their quality of life.

What we do:

  • Provide communication access and provide support
  • Distribute free equipment through AzTEDP to all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Speech-Impaired, and DeafBlind Arizonans
  • Serve as a resource for self-advocacy and community empowerment
  • Provide outreach, education, information and referrals
  • Access AZ licensed American Sign Language interpreters and CART providers directory
  • Arizona Relay Service (711) — free to all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Speech-Impaired, and DeafBlind residents
  • Support Service Provider access to the DeafBlind community

There are legal matters related to hiring and employing members of the D/HH/DB community. There are three central programs to be sure you abide by:

  • The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Rehabilitation Act
  • Arizona Licensure Laws

They spell out in great detail the rules, regulations, and necessary accommodations employers are required to follow. Please remember, any costs associated with complying with these programs’ requirements may be offset by previously mentioned tax credits. The Commission will gladly assist you with information to help you comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

While guided by legal requirements, it is our hope that you and your organization come to see recruiting and hiring from the D/HH/DB community as your social responsibility to provide equally to all the opportunities and economic security that come with gainful employment.

“Now I have an interpreter with me on the work site. It has really allowed me to expand my communication abilities. It has made me more efficient on the job.”


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