Your Community. Your Engagement. Your Empowerment.
About the Initiative
Every day, Michiganders who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing contribute in countless ways to our schools, our workplaces, and our lives. But for decades, Michigan has lacked information about the people who make up these communities and their needs. The Not Without Us initiative aims to change that.
Not Without Us is an innovative, coordinated research initiative led by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights’ Division on Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (DODDBHH). The initiative’s primary goals are to:
- Gather current and accurate information about the population of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing people throughout the state
- Understand the needs of the people within these communities to guide development of future policies and programs
- Share and discuss this data with a broad audience
A Message on Our Survey
About the Division
The DODDBHH concentrates on helping improve the lives of Michigan’s Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing residents. Our mission is affirming the indisputable right of persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing to secure effective communication. The Division receives input from a 13-member Citizens Advisory Council, appointed by the Governor. Services offered by the DODDBHH include technical support as well as information and referrals related to accommodations and interpreters.
About the Partners
To conduct this important work, the DODDBHH has partnered with Public Sector Consultants (PSC) and Madonna University. PSC, an independent, nonpartisan public policy research firm, brings years of experience in designing and deploying large-scale research efforts. Madonna University offers extensive expertise and understanding of people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing, which is critical to the success of this initiative. Together, this research team is uniquely positioned to support the DODDBHH in this study.