Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Services

Sign Language Interpreting Photo

VR has counselors who are specially trained to understand the needs and abilities of people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or Deaf-Blind including counselors who use American Sign Language.

They provide services to address hearing loss issues in the workplace, as well as guidance and counseling on how to cope with hearing loss. In addition, VR can provide interpreting services for job interviews and may provide employers and co-workers training on how to communicate with those who are Deaf.

VR Orientation Video with American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter
This video includes an ASL interpreter interpreting the full orientation video. It gives an overview of the VR process and what to expect when you apply for services.
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VR Services and Your Responsibilities (Video)
VR Services Video

This video explains the services offered by VR and the responsibilities of VR customers who are working with their counselors.

 

What is VR? (Video)
What is VR Video

This video explains the overall VR program and how individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing can contact their local VR office to apply for services.

 

Financial Participation and Order of Selection (Video)
Financial Participation and Order of Selection Video

This video explains how Financial Participation and Order of Selection affect a person applying for VR services.

 

Helping People with Hearing Loss Brochure (PDF)
Helping People with Hearing Loss Brochure (RTF)
This brochure explains how the VR program helps people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or Deaf-Blind get or keep a job.

Services for Individuals who are Deaf-Blind

VR and the Division of Blind Services (DBS) have a cooperative agreement to help serve individuals with both hearing and vision loss. At the time of referral, counselors from the two agencies will meet with the customer who is Deaf-Blind to determine what services are needed and which agency should take the lead in providing services to the eligible customer. If required, the customer may receive services from both agencies as outlined in his/her Individualized Plan for Employment.

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