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Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


“The right to communicate is a fundamental human right”

The Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH), an agency under the Division of Boards and Commissions of the Department of Human Services, exists to advance access to services and programs for deaf and hard of hearing Coloradans and to educate the public about the linguistic and cultural uniqueness of this population.

CCDHH advises and collaborates with the government, community, and private entities statewide and has six primary functions:  

  • Central resource for information and referrals


              Information and referrals are provided by the staff and through use of the Resource

              Directory that is readily available on the Commission website


  • Education and Training 


Training is made available to empower consumers and educate government agencies, community and private entities in areas of cultural sensitivity and communication accessibility. Education and Training Specialists provide outreach services across the state.   


  • System Level Advocacy


Studies are conducted to make recommendations to the community, service providers, governmental agencies, private entities, and general assembly regarding any action that may facilitate and streamline the provision of community-based and general governmental services to the deaf and hard of hearing community.


  • Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (TEDP)


TEDP provides telecommunications access by supplying equipment to deaf and hard of hearing citizens who qualify.
  • Legal Auxiliary Services


This program is charged with the coordination of auxiliary services, sign language interpreters and communication access real-time translation (CART) providers and oversees quality standards and credentialing of service providers for legal proceedings in the State Court System.
  • Grant Program


This program provides funding for local government, state agencies, state-operated programs, or private not-for-profit community-based organizations to address the needs of Colorado’s deaf and hard of hearing community.

Contact:Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of HearingColorado Department of Human Services/Division of Boards and Commissions1575 Sherman St., Garden Level, Denver, CO 80203720-457-3679 (video-phone)303-866-4824 (voice)303-866-4831 (fax)email.ccdhh@state.co.us


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