March 7th Day at the Capitol to discuss 1.1 Million Arizona Adults that Experience Hearing Loss

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Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Included Interactive Exhibits, Free Hearing Screenings, Access to Providers

(PHOENIX, March 2017) – On Tuesday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arizona State Legislators and community members joined The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH)’s Day at the Capitol 40th Anniversary Celebration on the Senate lawn.

In addition to being connected to local resources and free hearing screenings, event attendees were able to experience “Deaf, Deaf World,” an interactive experience highlighting the opportunities and obstacles members of the Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing community face. A complimentary lunch and brief program followed where Representative Heather Carter and Senator Debbie Lesko received Champions of ACDHH awards. Additionally Chris Desborough, Chair of the SSP Deaf Blind Statewide Services Task Force was an inspirational Keynote speaker sharing some of the challenges his community faces and how we as a community can join to find solutions.

More than 1.1 million adults in Arizona experience a hearing loss and need additional information on resources and services available. Likewise, many employers are unaware of the many programs and opportunities available to facilitate the hiring and workforce integration of employees that may experience a hearing loss. This event provided answers and resources for all members of the local community.

Students from Arizona State University also provided free hearing assessments to numerous community members and local vendors shared options for a variety of needs. Finally, multiple interactive stations were onsite including “Deaf, Deaf, World,” an experience for hearing individuals to spend a few minutes in the shoes of neighbors that are Deaf, DeafBlind or hard of hearing by trying to do everyday things like register to vote, order a cup of coffee, watch a movie, etc.

To learn more about the ACDHH and its efforts to improve the quality of life for the deaf and the hard of hearing for more than 40 years, please visit or follow on social media:





The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) serves as a statewide information and referral center for issues related to people with hearing loss and aspires to be a national leader in communication access, support services and community empowerment throughout the state. The purpose of the organization and its Commissioners is to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sectors, accessibility for the deaf and the hard of hearing to improve their quality of life. For more information about the ACDHH and it impact the past 40 years, please visit

Photo Credit Dyan Sue Photography

Senator John Kavanagh pictured

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