Contact Information

Eastern Standard Time

Phone: 216-200-7222


Enhancing the interests and privileges of Deaf,

Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind citizens in Ohio.


Copyright 2015 Ohio Association of the Deaf, Inc.

"Keeping Our Commitment of Excellence"

We have compiled resources of Federal, State, and Local agencies; non-profits; and education links that focus on aiding the Deaf community.

Federal / National Level

NAD - National Association of the Deaf

RID - Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

State Level

OCRID - Ohio Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

OOD - Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

ORCC - Ohio Relay Consumer Committee

OSDAA - Ohio School for the Deaf Alumni Association

OASLTA - Ohio American Sign Language Teacher's Association

OYO  -  Oyo Camp for Youth with Hearing Loss


Ohio School for the Deaf

St Rita School for the Deaf

If there are issues related to Deaf Education in any mainstreaming school system, please contact one of the OAD Executive Board members to assist you. It is your right to serve as an advocate for your child. OAD will look into this matter in your deaf child's behalf.


Gallaudet University

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

CSUN - Deaf Education And Families project

University of Cincinnti Deaf Studies

Interpreter Agencies

Ohio Association of the Deaf, Inc

Hallenross and Associates, LLC

Interpreters of the Deaf, LLC

Deaf Choice Inc.

Interpreter Training Programs

Cincinnati State Community and Technical College

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Degree: Associate's Degree

Web Site: Cincinnati State Community and Technical College

Contact: Dawn Caudill 513-569-1829

Columbus State Community College

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Degree: Associate's Degree

Web Site: Columbus State Community College

Contact: Christine Evenson 614-287-5616 v

Cuyahoga Community College

Location: Parma, Ohio

Degree: Associate's Degree

Web Site: Cuyahoga Community College

Contact: Donna Liebenauer 216-987-5219

Kent State University

Location: Kent, Ohio

Degree: Bachelor's degree

Web Site: Kent State University

Contact: Kathy Geething

Deaf Education:

Degree: Bachelor’s and Master’s; certificates available for Deaf Education Multiple Disabilities (bachelor’s and master’s) and Early Childhood Deaf Education (master’s) with requirements on the website

Web Site:

Contact: Dr. Pamela Luft or Dr. Karen Kritzer

ASL/English Interpreting:

Degree: Bachelor’s and Master’s

Web Site:

Contact: Dr. Jamie McCartney

Ohio University-Chillicothe

Location: Chillicothe, Ohio

Degree: Associate's Degree

Web Site: Ohio University-Chillicothe

Contact: Becky Saunders 740-243-3161 ext. 267

Sinclair Community College

Location: Dayton, Ohio

Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in American Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf (ASLID)

Web Site: Sinclair Community College

Contact: Phyllis Adams 937-512-2722

Washington State Community College

Location: Marietta, Ohio

Degree: Associate's Degree

Web Site: Washington State Community College

Contact: James Draper 740-374-8716 Ext 2111

Additional programs offering degrees in interpreting

University of Cincinnati

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Degree: Bachelor's Degree


Contact: Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich 513-556-1670

Wright State University

Location: Dayton, Ohio

Degree: Bachelor's Degree completion program

Web Site: Wright State University

Contact: Barbara Dunaway

Ohio State University

American Sign Language Program

Location: 455 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Rd, Columbus, OH 43210

Director, Tia Jones,, phone 614-292-5392

Web Site:


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Addiction Treatment and Rehab For Deaf And Blind Individuals

Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Services for Deaf Community in Ohio

Greenleaf Family Center

Community Services for and of the Deaf

580 Grant Street

Akron, Ohio 44311

Samantha Taylor, CCD Director



Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center (Included Lorain Area)

Community Service for the Deaf and Hard of hearing

11635 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland Ohio 44106

Maria O'Neil Ruddock, CCD Director



Deaf Service Center

5830 N High Street

Worthington Ohio 43085

John Moore , CEO



Catalyst Life Services

Community Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

270 Sterkel Blvd

Mansfield, OH 44907

Tanya Haga, CCD Director



Deaf Service Center – NW Ohio

1002 Garden Lake Parkway

Toledo, Ohio 43614

Shannon Seger, Director of DSC – NW Ohio



Deaf Community Resource Center

2051 Valley Street

Dayton, Ohio 45404

Michelle Anthony , Case Manager



Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati

Main Office

2825 Burnet Ave Ste 330

Cincinnati, OH 45219

Elizabeth Whelpdale, CCD Director



TRIAD Deaf Service

408 Ninth Street SW, Suite 2100

Canton Ohio 44707

Jack Hawk , CEO



Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana

299 Edwards Street,

Youngstown, OH 44502-1599

Youngstown CCD

Steve Leland, CCD Manager



Family Service

Community Services for the Deaf

2211 Arbor Blvd.

Dayton, Ohio 45439

(937) 222-9481 PH/TTY

(937) 222-3710 FAX

(937) 641-8186 VP

Cheryl Hamant Roslund, Director of CSD



Interpreter for Deaf Clients: the Supreme Court of Ohio Policy Committee

Our OAD president is on the Interpreter Policy Committee of the Ohio Supreme Court to ensure that all courts on the local and state levels follow a new court interpreter law which will take effect in January 2013. If you are having an issue with a court interpreter, please contact Verne Taylor, Jr. , OAD President, for further instructions at or OAD VP# 216 200 7222.

Remember: it is very important to cooperate when you make a request for an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter. Keep in your mind: Ohio has a limit number of legally certificated ASL interpreters or those who received a certificate for completing 80 hours of legal training that the Ohio Supreme Court recognizes. It will become a law in January 2013. If your agency such as the Community Center for the Deaf or an Interpreter agency provides you with an interpreter, you have a right to ask them to show you the certificate card from either the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or the Supreme Court of Ohio that they SHOULD carry with them at all times. If they refuse to show you the card or if you do not understand the interpreter , please inform the judge and/or lawyer immediately that you do not understand the interpreter. Make a request to reschedule another hearing, and report to our OAD President with information. OAD is working closely with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Here are the websites for you to read and understand your rights as a deaf consumer: - List of Interpreter that the Supreme Court of Ohio recognize as certified interpreter for court hearing only. - General Information about using Interpreter in Court.

It is YOUR right to have your language match with the interpreter's to meet your communication needs at a court hearing.

U.S. Department of Justice

Civil Rights Division

Disability Rights Section

Driver Test Video for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Ohio

O.A.D. was first called "The Ohio Deaf Motorists Association" from 1940 to 1961. The name changed to the Ohio Association of the Deaf in 1961 when it merged with the Ohio Federation of Organizations serving the Deaf. The history of the driving test in the original videotape was made by a deaf person who happened to be our first O.A.D. president and founder, Dick Petkovich. It is critical for O.A.D. to preserve the history of the "Ohio Deaf Motorists Association."

O.A.D. wants to share with you that the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Columbus is working closely with Ohio Association of the Deaf to have an update videotape. The old one was from 1980, which it is too old to use. The new one should be in ALL cities in OHIO to provide you as individuals for your option to take a written test or videotape. You may have an interpreter present if you wish.

If there is any problem you have in your exam station, please report it to OAD President, Verne Taylor, Jr at or Treasurer Linda Mahmood at One of us will forward the message to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Manager who is working closely with O.A.D.

The report you should include is : (1) date, (2) location of exam station, and (3) a detailed information of you want to report.

It is important that you are aware that Ohio Highway Patrol Manager in Columbus, Ohio and O.A.D. are working together for the best interest of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Ohio. Your message is valuable to help us solve the problem.

If you have a comment or questions, please feel free to e-mail a message to one of two OAD Executive Board. Thank you for taking your time to read this message.

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ADA Guide for Small Business

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