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Diversity and Inclusion Project Showcase (DIPS): Deaf Awareness-Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Populations
February 1, 2023

Breaking Down Barriers to Care: Know the Facts

The deaf and hard of hearing community is a cultural and linguistic minority with variations in the type and severity of hearing loss (Pertz). Researchers estimate that 35 million people in the United States identify as having some degree of hearing trouble, ranging from having a little trouble hearing to profound deafness (Galludet). Of the 35 million, an estimated 300,000-500,000 use American Sign Language (ASL) (Mitchell). Despite the large need for interpretation services, the United States only has about 16,000 ASL interpreters (Nimdzi).

Learn more about our efforts to amplify the work of community-based organizations (CBOs) in the New England region supporting mental health and advancing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery for those who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Celebrate innovation! In a "Round-Robin-style" of presentation, CBOs and local nonprofits in New England showcase their goals, growth, outcomes, and visions for the future in their efforts to support the behavioral health needs of underserved populations.

Featured Organizations

  • Greater Nashua Mental Health
  • Mental Health Connecticut
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Watch the recording of this 1/25/23 event.