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About Us

Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People is a statewide coalition of agencies and organizations working together to improve accessibility and services for Michigan’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. The Coalition meets quarterly to address issues pertinent to people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Our Mission

The mission of the Coalition is to provide a forum to promote networking, communication, and information sharing, collaboration and service delivery through the mutual efforts of its diverse membership. To put it simply, we are a dedicated group of people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing, working together to improve life in Michigan for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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E–MichDHH Committee

E–Michigan Advisory Committee and Staff:
From left to right– Marcy Colton, Director of Deaf C.A.N.!; Ann Liming, Hard of Hearing Specialist for Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Julie Eckhardt, Editor; John Berchtold (in rear), Former Executive Director of Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MADHH); Nan Asher (in front), MADHH Executive Director; Chris Hunter, Director of Michigan Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Tim Johnston, Webmaster.

This website is a project of the Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. E–Michigan received full funding for development and implementation from the SBC Ameritech Foundation. The project began in December 2000, and is envisioned as an avenue to provide access to information, training, and services. The Coalition provides advisory support and contributes to the development and implementation of the project. If you have any questions about the E–Michigan website, please contact the Coalition office at:
   Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
   PO BOX 16234
   Lansing, MI 48901-6234

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In 1985, the Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MADHH) hosted a meeting that included professionals and leaders working in the Deaf community. The group sought a way to band together to represent the needs of Michigan’s Deaf citizens. After identifying priority needs, MADHH helped organize the Michigan Coalition for the Deaf. By 1991, the effort had expanded to include the state’s Hard of Hearing residents, and the organization adopted its current name.

Today, the Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People has more than 40 member agencies.


Our membership includes agencies that specialize in the following fields.

  • Mental Health
  • Special Education
  • Facilities Programming
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Substance Abuse
  • Education
  • Interpreting Services
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Organizations


The work of the Coalition is supported through volunteerism and annual dues of its membership, and through the administrative funding of Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing and Speech Services. Individual and corporate donations to support our work are greatly appreciated.

Projects and Initiatives

At the quarterly meetings, members address pressing issues, and provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas for all members and guests. The Coalition utilizes the committee workgroup structure to identify and implement projects.

Some of the issues addressed to date include:

  • Early identification of infants with hearing loss and universal infant hearing screening

  • Communication accessibility for people with hearing loss including interpreter accommodation

  • Accessible mental health services

  • Americans with Disabilities Act compliance

  • Accessible substance abuse programs and treatment

  • Educational choice and the right of parents and child to select the appropriate education options

  • Mental health treatment

Intrigued? Become a member

Membership is open to groups ( organizations, agencies, departments and businesses ) with an interest in the concerns of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more information and dues please contact the Coalition Chairperson at

Click here to view the brochure about the Coalition

   Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
   PO BOX 16234
   Lansing, MI 48901-6234

Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People Membership Application.

A list of Coalition members can be found on the Coalition Members page.

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