[photo, 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland] Authorized in October 2001, the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing began operation in July 2002 (Chapter 537, Acts of 2001).

The Office advocates for and promotes the general welfare of individuals in Maryland who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf and blind. In doing so, it provides, advocates, and coordinates the adoption of public policies, regulations, and programs that will benefit these individuals.

100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland, July 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

For persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf and blind, the Office seeks to improve access to communication, services, and programs; works with State and local agencies to ensure access to safety and emergency services; and strives to increase access to educational, health and social opportunities.

Formerly located at 217 East Redwood St., Baltimore, the Office moved to 100 Community Place, Crownsville, on June 1, 2016.

Appointed by the Governor with Senate advice and consent, the Director heads the Office (Code State Government Article, secs. 9-2401 through 9-2407).

The Office is assisted by the Maryland Advisory Council on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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