Deaf-Blind Services provide assistive technology, employment services and specialized training to help people who are deaf-blind improve the quality and ease of their everyday lives.
Living with hearing and vision loss is challenging, but our specialists can help improve your quality of life. Some of the common problems experienced by individuals with hearing and vision loss include the inability to:
- Communicate with others
- Hear the alerts and alarms
- Understand speech over the phone
- Understand instructions at work
Assistance may be available to purchase adaptive technology to help you live a more independent lifestyle. Our Vocational Rehabilitation section can help you identify the type of equipment that will best meet your needs.
Hearing Aids and Assistive Listening Devices
If vision and hearing loss has prevented you from finding or keeping a job, services provided through a Vocational Rehabilitation Services might be of assistance. The services that you receive are based on your individual needs and are designed to help you reach your job goal.
If you have combined vision and hearing loss, your needs are unique. We can provide specialized training in the following areas:
- Safe Travel
- Adaptive technology
- Low-vision aids
- Amplified and tactile devices
- Communication skills
- Training required to get or keep a job
If you would like more information on any of these services, please contact the District Office nearest you.
How to Apply
- Referrals are made directly to the Vocational Rehabilitation program, to the Independent Living program and then to one of our five Deaf-Blind Specialists.
- The Deaf-Blind Specialist contacts the referral and an assessment is scheduled in your home.
- During the assessment, problems are identified and a report with recommendation is sent back to your Counselor for implementation.
The Deaf-Blind Specialists will assist in the areas of advocacy, consultation, education, assessment, technical support, service coordination, training, job development and more.