How It All Began
In 1974, a group of deaf and hard of hearing volunteers started a club called Central Deaf Association (CDA) which served as a social group for the deaf community. As the need for services grew, the McKee family wrote a grant for funds to provide telephone relay and support services and was located at the San Diego State University Rehabilitation Center. CDA realized the need for a fiscal agent to assist with managing the grant and turned to Episcopal Community Services (ECS). As a program of ECS, CDA began to expand staff and the name of the program changed to Deaf Community Services (DCS). In 1984, DCS became incorporated and independent of the church program.
DCS is an “…of, by, and for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing” agency. DCS’ mission centers on meeting the social, economic, educational, and behavioral health needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind and Late Deafened Community. DCS has over 40 years’ experience in providing culturally and linguistically specific social and interpreting services. Services are designed to match clients’ need in their preferred language, whether spoken English, Spanish or American Sign Language (ASL). These services are provided by highly qualified staffs fluent in ASL who are deaf themselves or are knowledgeable about deafness and the implications of deafness on a person’s overall wellbeing. DCS provides a wide array of services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community including but not limited to: adult literacy services, employment services, advocacy, and case management services, comprehensive outpatient substance abuse services, behavioral health services, sign language interpreting services, information and referral services, community outreach and education, independent living skills training and recreational and social activities and ASL classes.