Deaf Services

Residential and mental health solutions that honor Deaf culture.

We believe the best way to serve deaf individuals with disabilities is to honor the culture and values of the Deaf community. In all of our programs, we employ highly competent and experienced deaf professionals and prioritize access to communication and comprehensive training for all, deaf and hearing alike.

Programs and Services

Deaf Respite

Short-term supports through a team of deaf staff and clinicians for deaf individuals experiencing psychiatric crisis or transitioning to the community after hospitalization. A team of deaf staff and clinicians help to support and empower deaf adults in a safe and nurturing environment with careful attention to each person’s communication needs. The first of its kind in Massachusetts, Advocates Deaf Respite program was recognized by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as the Outstanding Organization of the Year for 2014.

Deaf Residential Services

Group homes, supported housing, Shared Living, and Adult Family Care to deaf, deaf blind, or hard-of-hearing individuals with mental health challenges or developmental disabilities.

Outpatient Mental Health Services

Culturally competent treatment and support for deaf adults facing mental health challenges and addiction issues, including individual, group, and family counseling; psychiatry; and crisis intervention.

Eligibility for Services

Deaf adults must be referred by the Department of Mental Health or another state agency to participate in Advocates Deaf Services. Private pay opportunities are also available. If you have questions about eligibility or would like to learn more about our Deaf Services, please contact our staff directly.

Employment

We are committed to being an employer of choice for deaf professionals and clinicians. Deaf people are hired, trained, and encouraged to grow within our organization. They serve as staff and supervisors in all of our deaf programs and services.

Opportunities and resources for deaf employees:

  • Deaf and hearing integrated trainings with communication access.
  • Regular ASL and deaf culture trainings for hearing and deaf staff.
  • Certified ASL interpreters, Communication Access coordinator, and freelance interpreters are avilable for trainings, events, and individual needs.
  • Video phones, smartphones, and tablets are available to our service programs, supervisors, and senior staff.
  • Deaf trainers lead CPR, First Aid, and Solve trainings for deaf staff

For more information about current opportunities for Deaf professionals, visit our Careers page.

Related News/Updates

September 27, 2016

'Patch' Adams delivers hugs and inspiration in Ashland and Natick

NATICK - After a third consecutive person asked for a hug during a Q&A session, "Patch Adams," the doctor and activist depicted in the 1998 feature film, saw the long line and decided he'd have to outsource.

May 1, 2015

Deaf Respite Program Recognized at State House

Almost 250 people gathered at the Massachusetts State House on April 14, 2015 for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day.