Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) provides specialized services for our consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Deaf Language Specialists
We employ Deaf Language Specialists, also known as Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf, to cover all 21 counties who provide direct vocational counseling to DVRS consumers whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL).
DVRS also contracts with supported employment agencies who have staff proficient in ASL to assist the consumer with job readiness skills, job placement, job coaching and long term follow along services, if needed.
In addition, DVRS funds three Regional Centers for People with Hearing Loss who serve individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, or have cochlear implants. These centers offer vocational assessments, job readiness skills, job search support, job coaching, and pre-employment transition services for students in school and out of school youth. Each center houses a demonstration center with various assistive technology that may assist an individual at their place of employment.
Please fill out the Confidential Referral Form or contact your local DVRS office where you will be assigned to a Rehabilitation Counselor who can evaluate your needs and refer you to these or other services best suited to support your continued or new employment.
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired has a Deaf-Blind service program which is responsible for the coordination and provision of a full range of services that help promote employment outcomes for people who are deaf-blind.
The Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides education, advocacy and direct services to eliminate barriers and promote increased accessibility to programs, services, and information routinely available to the state’s general population.