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Deaf Services

What is the Deaf Services Program?

Lesley Gonigam, Associate Director & Deaf Services Coordinator

Lesley Gonigam, Associate Director & Deaf Services Coordinator

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.

Interpreter Referral Program

One component of this program is the interpreter referral program. The IVCIL maintains an updated list of interpreters who are registered with the Illinois Deaf/Hard of Hearing Commission and who are certified by the State of Illinois. Arrangements for qualified interpreters for agencies that need interpreters are made by the IVCIL. We support compliance with the Illinois Deaf/Hard of Hearing Commission’s requirements for qualified interpreters and offer resources to help meet these requirements.

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.