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.
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.
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.