Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues (SARDI)

Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol

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Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol (DODA) is a grant-funded project to improve alcohol and drug treatment services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DODA counselors, case managers and coordinators are all fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about deaf culture.

Why are alcohol and drug treatment services different for deaf and hard-of-hearing people?

One of the most important parts of treatment is communication. Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol will help treatment providers and deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers develop effective communication strategies so communication barriers are removed and treatment can begin.

Who is eligible?

Any deaf or hard-of-hearing person living in Ohio needing alcohol or drug treatment services or recovery support services is able to participate.

We can help

DODA will help deaf and hard-of-hearing people successfully participate in their local treatment program, while receiving additional educational and support services. DODA can:

  • Assist with finding and providing local treatment.
  • Develop a communication plan based on consumers' needs and preferences.
  • Assist individuals in developing a plan to live alcohol and drug free.
  • Provide additional counseling and case management services through videophone appointments.
  • Consult with treatment providers about interpreting needs.
  • Assist in finding interpreters for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
  • Advocate for additional services or accommodations when necessary.

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If you have questions, know someone who needs assistance or would like to receive help, please contact:

Kathy Taylor
Project Coordinator/SARDI Program
Voice/Text: (937) 285-0799
Video Phone: (937) 641-8215

Last edited on 08/26/2016.