Your source for information about the deaf community
and interpreters for the deaf.
Greenleaf Family Center’s Community Services for and of the Deaf (CSD) is the only program of its kind serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Wayne, and Holmes counties. Our goal is to provide services and education to enhance the quality of life for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Interpreting services can be arranged by calling our office or filling out the form below.
Call (330) 376-9494 ext. 248.
- Date and time of appointment
- Estimate a length of appointment
- Specific location information
- Pertinent information about the situation which will assist the interpreter in preparing for the appointment
- Billing address and phone information
- Contact person
Guidelines When Using an Interpreter
- Look at the deaf person and speak directly to him/her at an even pace
- Ask the deaf person and the interpreter about their communication needs, for example seating and lighting
- Place the interpreter next to the hearing speaker
- Ensure there is adequate lighting
- Minimize background noise and visual distractions
- Allow more than one person to speak at a time
- Expect an interpreter to work for more than 30 minutes without a break
- Feel uncomfortable that the deaf person’s eye contact will be with the interpreter and not you
- Ask the interpreter’s advice or opinion on any matter. They are a neutral party, NOT an advocate.
Request An Interpreter
- Transitional Aged Students
- Adult deaf and hard of hearing
- Deaf and hard of hearing senior citizens
- Deaf families
- Deaf and hard of hearing with more than one disability.
- Deaf-blind population
Since Deaf/Hard of Hearing persons are exposed to the same social stresses as a hearing person, the problem is always one of accessibility. CSD bridges the gap by educating and advocating for the rights of Deaf People.
Please fill out this form or contact our office for registration, cost, and class schedule.
(* Required field.)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.)
- Job Discrimination
- Fair Housing
- Civil Rights Action
- Right to Interpreting Services
- Accessibility Consultation
- Sign Language Class
- Hearing Loss
- Deaf Awareness
- Amplified and Other Specialized Equipment
- Health & Wellness Workshops
CSD offers educational and culturally accessible workshops for the deaf community that help promote health and wellness in Summit County. We cover topics ranging from healthy meal planning to diabetes awareness using a deaf health educator.
This program is funded by the Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation.
- Mental Health Professional Training on Deaf Culture
Most professionals have not had any type of mental health and deaf culture training and, as a result, proceed to counsel deaf in the same way we do hearing clients. Although experienced in our field, it is very important to understand how deaf culture fits into mental health needs and how interpreters are used to bridge communication between the deaf and hearing worlds. In effect, we want to ensure that mental health professionals know and understand how to treat deaf clients and make the services accessible to this population of Summit County residents.
Some of the training topics include:
- Deaf Culture – What Is It?
- Reaching the Deaf Consumer Effectively
- Medical/Pathological View on Deafness
- Using an Interpreter
- Communication Breakdown
- Lip Reading vs. Sign Language
If you are a mental health provider and would like to schedule a presentation for your company or organization, please contact us at (330) 376-9494 ext 205.
Game of DINGO
When: 3rdThursday of the month
Where: Greenleaf Family Center
Cost: $5 (cash only, please)
Registration is not required, however, space is limited!
Akron ‘Do It Deaf’ Summer Youth Program
Bring deaf and hard of hearing youth, ages 7-21, for an opportunity to come together in a safe place where Deaf can identify with peers, establish new friendships, increase self-esteem and have an outlet to express both positive and negative feelings. The program activities promotes socialization, education, and ongoing support for deaf and hard of hearing youth.
Akron ‘Do It Deaf’ Summer Youth Camp meets weekly at Greenleaf Family Center. We also arrange to meet with the Northeast Ohio ‘Do It Deaf’ Summer Youth Camps on a monthly basis throughout the summer.
To sign up please contact us: 330-376-9494 x248 (Voice)
OYO at Camp Nuhop
How to become a Camper Kid
The parent/guardian can register their camper here:
The Actual Cost of Camp
This is well over $600 per camper, but each campers’ fee is greatly reduced due to financial support by Advocates for Kids, Camp Nuhop and various Centers for the Deaf/HH throughout. Each parents’ cost, including the $20 registration fee, is only $100 thanks to these generous supporters.