Welcome!

Welcome to Signing Santa! Our purpose is to provide the deaf, hard of hearing and coda (children of deaf adults), along with family, friends and the community at large together.

It is a way for all children to gather under one roof and experience the spirit of giving, seeking new friends and promoting awarness of the deaf and hard of hearing community to all.

We are a non profit corporation with all volunteer administration and staff. 100% of all donation go straight to the cause we promote. We work year around to provide this and hope we can count on your generous donation. Serving the South Puget Sound Area of Washington State.

Thanks to our Partners

Parents
Resources

Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Directory of Services

http://www.dshs.wa.gov/hrsa/odhh/resour.shtml

 

About ODHH

ODHH is organized within the Department of Social and Health Services. ODHH is a small and dynamic office, serving Washington State deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind communities for thirty years. ODHH provides telecommunication-related services, reasonable accommodations to access DSHS services and human services via regional service centers of the deaf and hard of hearing..

How to Contact ODHH

Mailing Address:
ODHH
PO Box 45301
Olympia, WA 98504-5301

(360) 902-8000 Voice/TTY
(800) 422-7930 Voice/TTY
(360) 902-0855 Fax
Email Address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Contact ODHH by Video at:
Video Phone IP Address: 65.113.246.110
VP200 Phone Number: 360-339-7382

Contact DSHS Headquarters at:
(360) 586-0609 Voice/TTY


Map/Directions to ODHH
Driving Directions to ODHH.

 
Ombudsman

The Special Education Ombudsman position at OSPI was established by the Washington State Legislature during the 2005 session. The purpose of the Ombudsman is to provide support to parents, guardians, educators, and students with disabilities. The Ombudsman provides information to help families and educators understand state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and to access training and support, technical information services, and mediation services, as appropriate.
Overview 
The term Ombudsman means citizen's representative. The creation of the Special Education Ombudsman Program at OSPI demonstrates Washington's on-going commitment to providing quality educational services to all students. The Ombudsman works neutrally and objectively with all parties to help make sure that eligible students receive services and supports necessary for them to benefit from public education, as guaranteed under federal and state laws.
Some questions and answers are provided below to help explain the concept of the Special Education Ombudsman and how it is intended to operate in our state. For further information and assistance, please contact Kristin Hennessey by phone at (360) 725-6075 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
What is an Ombudsman?
An Ombudsman is a neutral party that works to ensure that bureaucracies function fairly and provide services equitably. All Ombudsman work independently, not on behalf of any one party. Personally identifiable information shared with the Special Education Ombudsman is not revealed to a third party without permission.
How are Ombudsman Services Beneficial to Citizens?
Government is complex. Ombudsman services exist to address individual concerns about bureaucratic systems.
Can Ombudsman Programs be Set Up in Different Ways and Vary in Their Responsibilities?
Yes, the role of an Ombudsman can be defined in different ways, depending on the needs of an organization. The role of the Special Education Ombudsman at OSPI is to help parents resolve disagreements with school districts about special education services quickly and at the lowest level possible. The Special Education Ombudsman does this by:
•    Helping parents and educators better understand special education processes and regulations
•    Acting as a neutral facilitator between citizens and school districts to help solve problems related to special education
•    Clarifying the roles of parents, as well as educators, related to special education services
•    Acting as a neutral and confidential sounding board to explore options for resolving special education related disagreements
•    Advising callers about communication strategies that help to support a team approach to a child's educational program
•    Explaining options for formally resolving a special education disagreement or complaint
•    Advocating for a fair process
•    Working to prevent individual concerns from being overlooked by the system
•    Making recommendations to OSPI based upon patterns of complaints, if patterns emerge
•    Serving as a resource for disability related information and referral
The Special Education Ombudsman Located Within OSPI
•    Does not act as an attorney
•    Does not provide legal advice
•    Does not determine special education or OSPI policy
•    Does not conduct investigations and/or write reports
•    Does not advocate on behalf of any one party or organization
•    Is not a defender of OSPI practices
•    Is not someone who can order a public agency to fix your problem
Related Documents
Printable version of this question and answer document (PDF)
Dispute Resolution Web site
For Disputes Under the Early Intervention Section (Part C) of the IDEA, Contact
Department of Early Learning
Early Support for Infants and Toddlers
PO Box 40970
Olympia, WA 98504-0970
(360) 725-4665
http://www.del.wa.gov/ESIT/