Farmington Hills, MI, October 28, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc. (DHIS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency providing a continuum of services for deaf and hard of hearing older adults and their families in southeast Michigan, has announced the appointment of Susan Sullivan as a Support Group Coordinator. The announcement was made by Linda Booth, President, DHIS.
In her role as a Support Group Coordinator, Sullivan will be responsible for the creation and implementation of groups to enable hard of hearing individuals to understand their loss, share their experience and help one another.
“The goal of the DHIS Support Groups are to help hard of hearing individuals help themselves through education, coping skills, listening strategies and the latest technologies,” said Booth. “We are honored to have someone with the experience and skill set like Susan on board to bring comfort and resources to these individuals.”
A grassroots and consumer driven organization, DHIS serves deaf and hard of hearing older adults in southeast Michigan by providing access to services otherwise made impossible or difficult due to the communication barrier. According to the State, approximately 1.4 million of Michigan citizens are deaf or hard of hearing, placing eighth in ranking among states for deaf population.
Prior to joining DHIS, Sullivan served as a Program Manager for a human services agency and a Planner-Coordinator with a community services agency. She earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Michigan State University.
Sullivan is a member of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, participating in the Events Committee; the Hearing Loss Association of America, Michigan Chapter; and is an experienced Hearing Assistive Technologies trainee.
Sullivan lives in Beverly Hills.
About Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc.
Established in 1993, Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services (DHIS) is a nonprofit, grass roots agency providing a continuum of high quality, comprehensive services for deaf and hard of hearing older adults and their families in southeast Michigan. DHIS links consumers to the deaf youth population through mentoring programs that enhance language and living skills, while promoting their independence and dignity through cooperative efforts with other community-based service providers and educational entities. Services include full case management, information and referral, advocacy, sign language instruction and accessing services such as legal aide, Social Security, hospitals, courts, medical clinics and home health care. Through 15 satellite sites located in seven counties, DHIS offers group education, free hearing screenings, social and recreational activities and individual client assistance. DHIS also offers experienced, professional, state and nationally certified sign language interpreters in a variety of public and private settings 24 hours, seven days a week. For more information visit www.dhisonline.org or call (248) 473-1888 or 248-473-1875 (TTY).