Our Services

DCS is dedicated to providing comprehensive Advocacy & Community Engagement services to deaf, deafblind, deafdisabled, hard of hearing and late deafened clients residing in both San Diego County and Imperial County. Our mission is to elevate and empower individuals within the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community, fostering their independence, enhancing accessibility, and protecting their rights and future prospects.

Advocacy for Independence:

We are committed to helping our clients achieve individual independence. We understand that each person's journey is unique, and our advocacy services are tailored to meet their specific needs. Whether it's assisting with accessing education, employment, or healthcare resources, our team works tirelessly to ensure that clients have the tools and support necessary to lead self-sufficient lives.

Accessibility and Opportunities:

We firmly believe that accessibility should not be a barrier to success. DCS actively advocates for increased accessibility in all aspects of life, including communication, transportation, and public spaces. By working closely with clients and relevant stakeholders, we strive to create a more inclusive environment that opens doors to a world of opportunities.

Safeguarding Rights and Futures:

Protecting the rights and securing the future of our clients is at the core of our advocacy services. DCS is unwavering in its commitment to ensuring that individuals within the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community are treated with respect, dignity, and fairness. We advocate for policies and practices that promote equality and equity, guaranteeing a brighter future for all.

Our Approach:

DCS employs a client-centered approach in delivering advocacy services. We engage with each client on a personal level, taking into account their unique goals and challenges. Our team of dedicated professionals works closely with individuals to identify barriers, develop strategies for overcoming them, and provide ongoing support to help them thrive.

Community Engagement:

In addition to our direct advocacy services, DCS is actively engaged in building a strong and supportive community. We organize events, workshops, and outreach programs to foster a sense of belonging and unity within the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Through collaboration and partnership with local organizations, we aim to amplify our impact and create a more inclusive society for all.
By choosing DCS for Advocacy & Community Engagement, you are not only accessing comprehensive support services but also joining a vibrant and resilient community that is working together to achieve a more accessible, inclusive, and equitable future. Together, we can make a difference and empower individuals to reach their full potential.



Community Advocate

Eric Gonzalez

Lead Community Educator

Thao Pham


SSI is a need-based federal assistance program that provides cash benefits to low-income individuals with disabilities, blind individuals, and the elderly. SSDI, on the other hand, is an insurance program that provides benefits to disabled individuals who have previously worked and paid Social Security taxes.


Immigration refers to the process of individuals moving to a new country with the intention of residing there permanently or for an extended period. It involves various legal, social, and economic aspects, and can have a significant impact on both the immigrants and the receiving country.

ADA & Disability Right Laws

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a landmark civil rights law in the United States that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in various areas, such as employment, public accommodations, and access to government services. It requires reasonable accommodations to be made to ensure equal opportunities for people with disabilities and promote inclusivity in society.

Medical Support Services

Medical support services encompass a range of resources and assistance provided to individuals for their healthcare needs. These services can include medical consultations, diagnostic tests, treatments, therapy, and other supportive care, all aimed at promoting and maintaining optimal health and well-being.

State & County services

State and county services refer to the programs and resources offered by government entities at the state and county levels to meet the needs of their residents. These services can include public health initiatives, social welfare programs, public transportation, education, emergency response, and various other essential community services that aim to improve the quality of life for individuals within a specific geographic region.

IEP / Education

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a legally mandated plan in the United States that outlines the special education services and support tailored to meet the unique needs of a student with disabilities. It is a collaborative effort involving parents, educators, and relevant professionals to ensure the provision of appropriate academic accommodations, modifications, and related services to promote the student's educational progress and inclusion in the least restrictive environment.

Community Education


Self-Advocacy Skills

Problem-Solving Tips

Goal Setting

Literacy Classes

Computer Literacy (1:1)

Support with Individual

Education Plan (IEP)

Community Advocate
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Individual and Group Counseling

  • Substance Abuse
  • Addiction
  • 12-Step Program Workshops

Linkages to Community Services to Support Long-Term Recovery

  • Deaf Sober Living Recovery Homes
  • 12-Step Meetings Conducted in American Sign Language (ASL)

Individualized Treatment and Relapse Prevention Planning

  • Psychoeducation Group (Health, Life Skills, Educational topics related to behavioral health)
  • Care Coordination

Intensive Outpatient Recovery Services

  • Assessment, Information, and Referrals to Nationwide Detox, Residential Programs, and Aftercare Programs
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