Deaf Services

What is the Deaf Services Program?

Another bridge to independence for persons with disabilities is IVCIL’s Deaf Services Program. This program is designed to meet the needs of and increase the community options for persons who are deaf/hard of hearing/hearing impaired.

Further sensitivity training can be provided and is aimed to enlighten the community on understanding and interacting with persons with hearing loss.

In addition, the Deaf Services Program offers information and referral services in person or by phone. We have several equipment catalogs by which a consumer may purchase items.

Deaf Family

Interpreter Referral Program

IVCIL, regretfully, no longer offers the Interpreter Referral Program. If an interpreter is needed we suggest going to to search for a qualified, licensed interpreter.

TTY Services

Another component of the Deaf Services Program involves TTY services. The IVCIL has application forms for and can assist in obtaining free TTY’s for persons with hearing loss and/or speech impairments. Staff conduct training and testing for individuals, agencies, and businesses that have TTY’s.

ITAC Amplified Phone Selection Center

IVCIL also is an ITAC Amplified Phone Selection Center. If you are an Illinois resident who is certified with hearing loss, we can assist you with applying for a free amplified telephone. Please contact us for more information on how you can receive this free amplified telephone.