Educational Services and Professional Development

  • The Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California (HSC): Among numerous other services, the HSC provides Employment Counseling for hearing loss or communication challenges. Email Dorothea Tolliver for more information at: [email protected]
  • Gallaudet University Regional Center (GURC) - West: The GURC-West located at Ohlone College has a mission of meeting the educational, transition, and professional development needs of deaf and hard of hearing people from birth through adulthood, their families and the professionals who work with them within the western region. GURC-West provides extension courses from Gallaudet University -- such as ASL Linguistics, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education and Interpreting -- as well as workshops, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance. Email: [email protected].
  • SF Connected: A City and County of San Francisco initiative to provide free computer tutoring and support to seniors and adults with disabilities. Computer classes are offered in 5 different languages (e.g. Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese) and cover skills such as health promotion, personal finance, and online job searches.
  • Computer Technologies Program: Provides technical training to prepare individuals with disabilities for career in technology. Phone: (510) 849-2911. Email: [email protected]
  • California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR):
    • California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD): Provides employment support to individuals with disabilities primarily by working with Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Service Agency. Phone: (916) 558-5380. Email: [email protected]
    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services: Provides vocational rehabilitation services to people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deaf-blind. Rehabilitation counselors in this department are proficient in ASL. Email: [email protected].
  • Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Hearing Loss Strategies/Cochlear Implant Support Group: SRJC hosts a popular hearing loss/cochlear implant course/support group. Monthly sessions focus on topics such as cochlear implants, overcoming communication challenges, hearing aids, loop systems and other technologies. Register for the SRJC course (course code DRD 705: “Hearing Loss Strategies”) at Contact Debbie Ezersky, course instructor, at [email protected] for more information.
  • Toolworks: A non-profit that seeks to break down social barriers and connect people with disabilities with employers in the Bay Area. Toolworks provides extensive services and support in areas such as job training, job placement, volunteer placement, college preparation, independent living skills training, and more. Email: [email protected] Phone: (415) 255-5857




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