The Learning Center is a uniquely developed program that provides a holistic approach for individuals that are D/deaf or hard of hearing to enhance skills for success. The program focuses on three content areas and objectives are developed to meet consumer’s individual needs. The Learning Center focuses on:

Job Seeking Skills Training

  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Job Search
  • Job Application
  • Job Development
  • Job Coaching
  • Career Exploration
  • Job Retention
  • Work Adjustment

Language & Literacy Skills

  • Improve Communication Skills
  • Improve Reading & Writing Skills
  • Classes are tailored to independent living skills and/or employment

Independent Living Skills

  • Money Management
  • Travel Training
  • Driver’s Education Training (Written Prep ONLY)
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Personal Adjustment

The Learning Center offers training, resources, and support to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in Northeast Ohio. Focusing on three areas, literacy, independent living skill, and job preparedness, the Learning Center assists clients to improve skills necessary for their future success.  Classes are offered in various subjects to meet the needs of clients. These classes include English, Driver’s Education, Self-Advocacy, and Money Management. The Community Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing is continually adding classes to match the community needs alongside hosting workshops and presentation in high interest subjects.

Instruction will be provided in small groups to allow for positive and successful delivery of services and social learning opportunities. Clients also have the option of receiving one-on-one instruction and community resource services. Our programs provide the D/deaf and Hard of Hearing community with supports to increase, develop and gain confidence with their skills to succeed in the future.

Our Learning Center receives referrals via other agencies, self-referral, and from CCDHH’s Support Services & Advocacy, when client objectives coincide with the services offered through the Learning Center in the areas of job readiness, literacy, and independent living skills. The Learning Center is designed to provide community based learning and training to our Adult clients (age 18 and over). The objective of each client differs, but focuses on at least one of the following areas; independent living skills, job readiness, and literacy.

The literacy component is designed to meet the needs of each client. English literacy classes are provided to promote social interaction, and allow students to flourish in a group learning environment. Additionally, we will help clients learn basic literacy needs to ensure they have a strong foundation to succeed in the hearing world. If students do not feel the group learning environment is tailored to their needs, Learning Center Staff will make appropriate arrangements for one-on-one classes, on as needed basis.

The Learning Center also offers Vocational Rehabilitation programming for clients seeking employment. Partnerships have been established with the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to offer employment services uniquely tailored to D/deaf and hard of hearing. For more information on the Vocational Rehabilitation program please contact Dawn Croasmun at

Clients are accepted on a first come first served basis, referral, and via recruitment. The Learning Center Staff will conduct an interview to determine that client meets the following criteria:

  • A consumer that identifies as D/deaf & hard of hard of hearing
  • Interested in developing personal growth in terms of job readiness, literacy (English), and independent living skills

If you are interested in receiving more information about the Learning Center please fill out the form below, or contact:

Casey Ring, Learning Center Manager
Community Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center
11635 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
VP: 216-302-2333
Text: 216-312-1861

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