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