PA Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

The PA Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, or ODHH, provides ADVOCACY, INFORMATION and REFERRALS for Pennsylvanians who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or deaf blind, and their families and caregivers.
Mouse over each section below for more detailed information on our office, the PA Advisory Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, registered sign-language interpreters, resources and events directly related to hearing loss. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact us. Our staff is here to make Pennsylvania a better place for everyone by making it more accessible to those who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or deaf-blind.


  • The Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing is now accepting applications for provisional registration of sign language interpreters. The Sign Language Interpreter & Transliterator State Registration Act requires eligible interpreters to register with ODHH.As of now, ODHH does not have a web-based system in place to monitor provisional registrations. In the interim, eligible interpreters for provisional registration are required to apply for registration via a paper application. To check on the status of a provisional registration please call the office.
    Applicants who satisfy the following criteria may apply for provisional registration:
    • Graduated within five years of the date of application from an Interpreter Education Program (IEP) with an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education
    • Passed the NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Knowledge test or the Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) written test
    • Eligible to take and pass the appropriate Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf performance test within 5 years of the date of the results letter.
    For an application, contact ODHH at:
    717-783-4912 v/tty
    717-831-1928 videophone
  • The Advisory Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will hold a Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, in the 1st Floor Conference Room of the OVR Building located on 1521 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. The meeting will begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. State-registered interpreters, CART (Computer Assisted Real-Time Transcription), and an induction loop assistive listening system will be provided. Additional accommodations will be provided upon request. Please call 717-783-4912 (v/tty), 800-233-3008 in PA (v/tty), 717-831-1928 videophone, or at to request an accommodation or with questions.
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