History

DEAFNET HISTORY

In 1987, Deafnet Association Inc. began as a relay service in a 10' X 10' room in the Professional Arts Building on the square of Hagerstown. In 1990 Deafnet began an interpreting service while still maintaining the relay service. Deafnet operated these services with an all volunteer staff that covered the phones on a 24/7 time frame including holidays. With the passage of American Disability Act of 1990 (ADA), Deafnet was able to let the state of Maryland handle the relay calls. We held monthly meetings at Trinity Lutheran Church.

By 1992 Deafnet had out grown the 10' X 10' room. We moved to 921 West Washington Street. The new building gave us space to hold our monthly meetings in our own place. Deafnet was able to hire our first employee.

In 1998, Deafnet needed more office space so we moved to Howard Street. We had four (4) employees in two (2) rooms plus we had a large meeting room.Deafnet purchased the vacant Sheetz building in 2001 on Jefferson Street after a year of negotitions. We were able to move in after the building was torn down and rebuilt to suit our needs in 2002.

We were experiencing growing pains again in 2009 and needed more office and classroom space. In 2010, we began adding on an addition which we moved into May 2011. We now have four (4) full-time and four (4) part-time employees.

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