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Deaf Education Reform

c/o NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Address:   4708 Roseville Road., Suite 111

                  North Highlands, CA 95660
Phone:      (916) 349-7500 V / TDD / VP



NorCal is headquartered in Sacramento with outreach offices in Redding, Chico, Marysville and Stockton and employees who are co-located at the California Employment Development offices in Roseville and Sacramento. NorCal employs approximately 50 people and contracts with a number of freelance interpreters and captioners.


NorCal Center on Deafness is a non-profit, community-based organization serving deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their families and the general public in 24 northeastern counties of California.

NorCal is one of a few organizations established by deaf and hard of hearing people to serve their community, and as a result, the services and programs at NorCal are uniquely designed of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing people. All members of the Board of Directors are deaf or hard of hearing. The director and staff members at NorCal represent the spectrum of experiences, educational backgrounds and communication modes of the deaf and hard of hearing community.


EMPOWER deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to live independently and productively within the greater society;

EDUCATE family members, service providers, employers and the general public of the unique communication needs, abilities and accomplishments of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults and

ADVOCATE for equal access and opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in our society.


Right around December 1977, a group of deaf and hard of hearing leaders in the Sacramento community had a vision of their own. They foresaw a resource center that would help remove communication and attitudinal barriers for deaf and hard of hearing people. At the time, social services were available to the general population but not accessible to deaf individuals relying on sign language or other modes of communication. These leaders believed that all people, regardless of the degree of hearing loss, had a right to social services as citizens and realized that the services were crucial for the essential activities of daily life. These leaders gathered together in a borrowed office space at a local community college to organize and plan the implementation of an agency that was "of, by and for" deaf and hard of hearing people.

More than twenty years later, NorCal has grown to include a staff of over 50 employees and many dedicated volunteers. The agency's headquarters is located in Sacramento, with outreach offices in Stockton, Modesto, Chico, Truckee, Susanville, Yuba City, and Redding. NorCal continues to respond to the needs of its communities by expanding programs and stretching its funding base. On an annual basis, NorCal services effectively enhance the lives of over 40,000 deaf, hard of hearing, deafened, deaf-blind and developmentally disabled deaf children and adults and their families annually. NorCal's current programs are funded by a variety of government contracts, United Way, private trusts, individual contributions, fees for services and business operating income.

With over two decades of service provision to the deaf community, NorCal is now seen as a regional resource center, a forerunner in responding to the needs of the community. Programs and services have always reflected an approach that maintains the dignity of the individual and promotes self-determination. NorCal is proud of its contributions toward enhancing and improving the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families.

The services provided by the model project was incorporated into Assembly Bill 2980 and became law in 1980. Since this time, NorCal has contracted with the Department of Social Services, Office of Deaf Access to serve Region VII. This law requires the provision of seven categories of mandated services: Communication Access, Information and Referral, Counseling, Independent Living Skills Instruction, Advocacy, Community Education and Employment Assistance.

Hearing aid support

While the agency does not directly provide hearing aids, they will send clients to the Agency for Hearing in Sacramento, which provides sliding scale fees for low-income residents.

Agency For Hearing

1800 28th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 732-9040
(888) 725-8372
(916) 454-4559 (Fax)

To apply

Contact NorCal or The Agency for more information.

Camp Grizzley

August 3 – 9, 2008

Camp Grizzly is at Grizzly Creek Ranch an ACA – approved, fully accessible camp and retreat facility near Portola, California; just an hour north of Truckee.


Camp Grizzly accepts children between age 7 and 14 who are:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Hearing but has deaf or hard of hearing parents
  • Hearing but has deaf or hard of hearing siblings
  • Be fluent or familiar with sign language
  • Have the ability/maturity level to function independently and follow instruction in a rustic camp setting with a ratio of two counselor per eight campers

Older children and teens are eligible to serve as counselors and counselors-in-training.

To apply

Application and Tuition Deadline: July 1, 2008

Tuition: $375; payment plans and camperships are available. Contact the organization for more information.  They will send an application and a tuition assistance form. Proof of income is required. The tuition assistance form is NOT available online and must be requested.