Vocational Rehabilitation Programming

The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) offers vocational rehabilitation programming for clients seeking employment. Partnerships have been established with the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to provide employment services uniquely tailored to D/deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Our services include: 

Job Seeking Skills Training

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

Independent Living Skills

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

The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing receives referrals via other agencies, self-referral, and from CCDHH’s Support Services & Advocacy when client objectives coincide with the vocational rehabilitation services offered by CCDHH. Our vocational rehabilitation services are designed to provide community-based learning and training to our adult clients (age 18 and over). The objective of each client differs in, 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-based learning environment. Additionally, we will help clients learn basic literacy skills to ensure they have a strong foundation to succeed in the hearing world. If students do not feel the group-based learning environment is tailored to their needs, CCDHH staff will make appropriate arrangements for one-on-one classes, on an as-needed basis.

Clients are accepted on a first come first served basis, referral, and via recruitment. The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing staff will conduct an interview to determine that the client meets the following criteria:

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Pre-Employment Transition Services are intended to assist students, ages 14 and older,  who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to begin to explore career and educational interests during their high school years. These services are provided through Opportunities for Ohioans (OOD) referrals and the Transition Coordinators at their schools. They include:

  • Job Exploration Counseling
  • Work Based Learning
  • Counseling on Post-Secondary Opportunities
  • Workplace Readiness
  • Instruction on Self-Advocacy

If you are interested in receiving more information regarding our vocational rehabilitation services, please fill out the form below, or contact:

Casey Ring, Youth & Adult Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
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
E-mail: cring@chsc.org
Dawn Croasmun, M.A., Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, and Manager of ASL programs
Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center
11635 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
VP: 216-453-8115
E-mail: dcroasmun@chsc.org


 

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