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DeafBlind

ODP Announcement 22-097 serves to clarify Supports Coordinator and Provider responsibilities when supporting d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind individuals.

There is some confusion regarding deaf services within the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). Some individuals are a member of the Harry M class, and there are specific requirements that continue to apply to them even though the settlement has now ended. ODP’s commitment to effectively supporting d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind individuals continues.

This announcement clarifies who is included in the Harry M class and who is not a part of the class but is eligible for services. It also clarifies the additional ongoing requirements for members of the class.

Please direct any questions about this announcement to the ODP Deaf Services inbox or to the appropriate ODP Regional Office.

The purpose of this guide is to offer resources in one central location for those who support or care for someone who is Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind and receives supports from the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). The guide provides some of the most frequently accessed resources to assist in addressing the unique needs of these populations, such as information about American Sign Language (ASL) courses, apps, home modifications, assistive technology, a foundational organizations directory, and so much more!

Development of this guide included input from individuals within the Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing, and hearing communities and will be revised annually by ODP’s Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee.

This guide can be found here. For questions, email ODP Deaf Services.