DHHS logo no line(Grand Rapids, MI, November 26, 2014) — Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, a 501(c)3 agency, on November 20, 2014, was awarded a total of $117,313 from the Kent County Board of Commissioners and the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, for DHHS’ Awareness and Distribution Assistance for Persons with Technology (ADAPT) program.

With this grant, DHHS will be able to expand the ADAPT program’s services and hire a part-time coordinator to work with David Overeem, the ADAPT specialist. Through ADAPT, DHHS hopes to then reach more of the estimated 10% of Kent County senior citizens who has some form of hearing loss.

The ADAPT program provides adaptive equipment, hearing aid assistance and specialized hearing service to low income Kent County senior citizens. The specialized hearing services include hearing loss rehabilitation for activities of daily living, group education on adjustments to hearing loss, American Sign Language classes and Lip Reading classes. Assistance is provided in finding assistive devices such as amplified and captioned phones, hearing aids, equipment and other resources to adjust to hearing loss.

“The community and DHHS is very fortunate to have Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan work in collaboration to provide the gift of hearing and assistive equipment to older adults so they may continue to improve their quality of life,” states Deb Atwood, the DHHS business manager.

About Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Founded in 1996, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide human services, communication and education to the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities with the goal of inclusiveness in Western Michigan. To learn more, visit