Our Mission

A community for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind and their families: Promoting connections, awareness and equity, while inspiring greatness.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a safe place, with full communication where every Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind person is embraced by their community and supported to grow to their full potential.

Our Belief Statements

  1. We support collaboration and cohesiveness of individuals who are Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing, and their organizations.
  2. We will embrace technology and available media methods to promote our message to the public.
  3. We will embrace technologies that may enhance the quality of life for individuals who are Deaf, Deafblind, or Hard of Hearing. As new technologies are released, we will continue to educate ourselves and share our knowledge with the community.
  4. We will advocate for effective and inclusive communication access for all.
  5. We will be a resource and support for parents of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing children while respecting the preferred communication methods chosen for their child.
  6. We will educate the general public and increase awareness of the needs of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing people.

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 State Division of Services to 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)