A Census and Needs Assessment for Michigan’s Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Communities

From Michigan Department of Civil Rights: For More Info, Go Here…

ngd- This is pdf from a presentation I attended sponsored by the Coalition for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard-of-Hearing…

Census Survey: Results, Geographic DiversityThe total estimated population of Michiganders who identify as a member of a DDBHH community is 733,356—approximately 7.4 percent of the state population, based on a statewide population estimate of 9,893,096 The majority of this population identifies as Hard of Hearing (632,825), followed by Deaf/deaf (45,853), and DeafBlind (10,165).

The percentage of individuals in a region who identify as Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing varies from region to region. For example, in Mid-Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, 22.3 percent of households include at least one individual who identifies as a member of a DDBHH community, compared to 15.8 percent of households in Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair Counties and only 11.8 percent in the city of Detroit.

Needs Assessment Overview: Survey Domains, Engagement of Steering Team, Survey DeploymentThe needs assessment covers all areas of an individual’s life where they might face barriers due to having a different level of hearing, with a focus on areas of life where the State could help to address inequities. As such, the final needs assessment totaled 154 questions and covered demographics, communication preferences, education and employment, housing and transportation, healthcare and access to services, and priorities for Michigan in service provision. The steering team reviewed and approved all content for the need’s assessment, ensuring that the instrument was accessible, relevant, and culturally sensitive. The online needs assessment routed respondents to the questions most relevant to them based on their DDBHH self-identification and responses to prior questions. This advanced skipping pattern meant that no survey respondent had to answer all 154 questions. Lastly, to ensure that the survey was accessible for all individuals, every survey question and potential response was provided in both written English and in embedded American Sign Language (ASL) videos.

ngd- There is a LOT of additional information in the document…

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