Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues (SARDI)

Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol


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


  • 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.


DODA helped deaf and hard-of-hearing people successfully participate in their local treatment program while receiving additional educational and support services.

DODA continues to provide online AA and NA meetings that are run by Deaf members and available to anyone who is fluent in ASL. There is also the thought, Prayer, and meditation of the day that is shown in ASL.

Grant Type

Direct Service

Funded By

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

Principal Investigator

Josephine Wilson, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Primary Contact

Last edited on 03/30/2022.