DSDHH Mission

The DSDHH mission is to elevate, unify, and empower the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Utahns by building an inclusive community with full communication access

DSDHH Vision Statement

The Utah Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind community shows the world what life looks like, free of barriers

DSDHH Values

Respect & Trust

  • Respect means treating other people with dignity.

Inclusion & Diversity

  • We embrace and accept people of diverse backgrounds.

Culture & Community

  • By unifying our communities and cultures, we become stronger.

Communication & Barrier-Free

  • Build relationships through accurate, clear, honest communication.
  • Equal access in all settings.

Our History

The division was created under the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation in 1988 and provides services for people with hearing loss (both Deaf and Hard of Hearing).

We provide services out of two locations:

  • Taylorsville, Utah – Robert G. Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • St. George, Utah – Southern Utah Program Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services – satellite office

The Utah Division of Services of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is housed in a 32,000 sq. ft. facility named the Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Built in 1992, and expanded in 2001, it remains one of the largest state-funded facilities in the nation. Named in 2003 after a locally and nationally known leader of the Deaf community, Robert G. “Sandie” Sanderson, Ph.D., the facility attracts attention and visitors from across the nation. The facility boasts a full-size gymnasium, kitchen fit for cooking classes, lecture hall, meeting rooms, office space, as well as interpreter certification and assistive technology demonstration labs.

Sanderson Center Timeline

Historical Videos / Documents

Dr. Robert G. Sanderson explaining the creation of the Sanderson Center (in ASL and subtitles)

Policy Manual