Employment Assistance

OC DEAF has long recognized the barriers to full job satisfaction created by deafness. We coordinate with the California Employment Development Department with job placement. Interested employers are located and matched with qualified deaf and hard of hearing candidates.
OC DEAF’s employment program is based off site at two Orange County locations:

EDD/GLAD – Santa Ana
801 Civic Center Drive, Suite 200
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Voice: (714) 565-2668
Videophone: (714) 855-4068

EDD/GLAD – Garden Grove
7077 Orangewood Ave., Suite 200
Garden Grove, CA 92841

Voice: (909) 895-3973
VideoPhone: (714) 586-5902

Other deaf-friendly EDD services are also available in Los Angeles County and other locations.

Interpreter Referral 

In affiliation with LIFESIGNS, Inc., a non-profit interpreter referral service, we assist deaf, hard of hearing and hearing individuals arrange for qualified interpreters. In addition, LIFESIGNS provides specialized interpreter services for medical and law enforcement emergencies as well as emergency situations.

To obtain an interpreter, contact LIFESIGNS, Inc. at: 800-633-8883 (Voice/TTY) or visit their website:

At OC DEAF we provide a variety of health and human services to deaf and hard of hearing community. In addition to the existing services we provide, we also provide cultural and sensitivity training to hospitals, health care, companies and organizations who wish to learn more about Deaf culture and American Sign Language.

This is the list of the services we provide to the community at wide:

Information and Referral

Up to date information on all aspects of deafness is available via videophone, telephone, TTY, email or in-office services.


We advocate on behalf of individuals and groups experiencing discrimination in employment, education, communication access, social security recipients and parents planning their deaf child’s education.

Peer Counseling

Qualified staff provide peer counseling in all areas of daily living. Consumers receive assistance resolving housing concerns, consumer protection, educational questions, or any other social or economic concern.

Independent Living

Instruction is given on such skills as money management, shopping, public transportation, cooking, among other daily life activities.

Communication Assistance

For deaf consumers whose first language is American Sign Language, qualified staff members translate written documents into American Sign Language (ASL). Telephone interpreting is also providing to deaf and hard of hearing persons who need assistance and are unable to efficiently use the variety of relay services available.

Community Education

In an effort to foster a better understanding of deafness and to increase sensitivity towards the unique aspects of the deaf and hard of hearing community, we provide presentations, in-service trainings, workshops and other media presentations. In almost all instances, there is no fee for community education presentations and services.

Workshops: Workshops provide information on a wide variety of social and education topics. OC DEAF workshops are held at our Cypress location, are free of charge, and conducted in ASL with real-time captioning provided upon request. Additional communication accommodations can be provided upon request with advance notice.