Maine Center on Deafness is the state's only entity dedicated solely to helping Mainers with hearing loss or Deafness access all that Maine has to offer. MCD provides individual advocacy to resolve issues of discrimination based on hearing loss/Deafness - on the job, at the bank, in school, at the doctor's office, hospital or nursing home; and Systemic advocacy to improve communication access across the board; training to police, first responders, state offices, medical providers, social service agencies - in short, breaking down barriers to accessing all aspects of life. The Civil Rights programs helps public entities provide accommodations for their Deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf/blind patrons in as efficient and economical way as possible. ASL Tax Day helps 50+ Deaf people pay their taxes, ASL News educates the community about current events and services, and the Deaf Rights Group tackles big issues by bringing together key stakeholders quarterly.
MCD also runs adaptive equipment distribution programs (phones, pagers, a hearing aid to low-income seniors 65+ and new this year, equipment such as computers, iPads and powerful microphones for people with combined vision and hearing loss), and a program for Mainers with intellectual disabilities who use signs and gestures to communicate. All our programs are at risk if the Civil Rights program gets cut.