Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)

MCDHH provides accessible communication, education, and advocacy to consumers and private and public entities so that programs, services, and opportunities throughout Massachusetts are fully accessible to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.

MCDHH remains open for remote business. Effective March 18, 2020 and until further notice, all MCDHH offices will be closed to in-person visits.

MCDHH is checking Voicemail and SignMail messages left on our main numbers: Voice (617) 740-1600 and Video Phone: (617) 326-7546 We will respond within one business day.

For interpreter/CART requests are being processed online, visit to submit your request.

For current information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic visit: or call 2-1-1​​

Contact Us


MCDHH Executive Office
600 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02110-1779


Available Monday through Friday 9am-5pm

Front Desk

TOLL FREE VOICE 800-882-1155
TOLL FREE TTY 800-530-7570

Who we serve

The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is the principal agency in the Commonwealth on behalf of people of all ages who are deaf and hard of hearing, established by Chapter 716 of the Acts of 1985, which amended Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6 §191-197.

To fulfill this function, MCDHH is mandated to:

  • promulgate and coordinate public policy;
  • deliver technical assistance and resources for other state agencies as needed;
  • advocate;
  • provide or ensure provision of direct specialized services including but not limited to case managementinterpreter services, technology services including telecommunication and assistive listening devices, independent living services, information services, and such other services as it determines are needed;
  • carry out public education;
  • ensure the accessibility and quality of existing services and recommend new services as needed;
  • make recommendations to the Governor.

Our Vision is a Commonwealth where universal access is the standard for ensuring that Deaf and hard of hearing people fully participate in all areas of life.

Priority Areas to reach our Vision

Effective Government
Facilitate effective public policy and operations that recognize and address the concerns of Deaf and hard of hearing consumers and employees.

Community Connected Services
Advocate and support access for Deaf and hard of hearing in the community.

Ensure that Deaf and hard of hearing children receive a quality education based on national standards.

Workforce Development
Expand the pool of CART providers and qualified ASL proficient human service personnel in the Commonwealth.

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