Services for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, DeafBlind

Accommodations

American Sign Language Interpreting Services

Vancro Integrated Interpreting Services provide state-wide interpreting referral services for American Sign Language (ASL) / English assignments in settings such as governmental, mental health, medical, legal, employment, educational, civil, and recreational. They serve all Vermonters (Deaf, Hard-of- Hearing, DeafBlind, and hearing) in need of securing a sign language interpreter and enhance communication access.  

For immediate interpreting services after hours, call Vermont 211.

For complaints, check out Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf's Ethics page.

Captioning Services

National Captioning Institute is a nonprofit corporation whose primary purposes are to deliver effective captioning services and encourage, develop and fund the continuing development of captioning, subtitling, audio description, and other media access services for the benefit of people who require additional access to auditory and visual information. We have proudly established successful partnerships with government clients on the federal, state, and local levels since its founding over 40 years ago.

NCRA Sourcebook provide a list of captionists that provides remote and onsite captioning.

White Coat Captioning is a premiere live captioning company that provides remote and onsite captioning for conferences, classes, and special events. 

Advocacy

Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) provides support of deafened people. This group is intended for people who have lost the ability to understand speech with or without hearing aids after acquiring spoken language.

Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services (DVAS) provides support and information to signing and non-signing Deaf, Late-deafened, Hard-of-Hearing and DeafBlind individuals in addition to outreaching and educating the public how to better serve and work with Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and DeafBlind people.

Vermont Center for Independent Living's Deaf Independence Program (VCIL/DIP) provides resources to promote independence to Deaf Vermonters. Our organization works with the Department of Public Safety's FireSafe802 program that distributes alarm clocks, carbon monoxide detectors and/or fire alarms. Our VT Equipment Distribution Program (VTEDP) and the Sue Williams Freedom Fund (SWFF) can help Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and DeafBlind peers obtain assistive technology at a lower cost. Our VTEDP still has money available for eligible Vermonters to receive adaptive telecommunications equipment.

Vermont Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America provides information, education, support and advocacy for people with any level of hearing loss. This chapter host bi-monthly meetings via Zoom and all members are invited to participate. Meetings include updates on Chapter activities (e.g., information on the status of legislative efforts advocating for insurance coverage for hearings), guest speakers, Q&A's regarding concerns of our members and socialization.

Vermont Family Network(VFN) is here to listen and to help with any needs or concerns families may have related to their child’s health, education, or well-being. VFN staff are families of children with disabilities or special health needs and understand the challenges and the gifts our children offer. Conversations are confidential and services are free. VFN can help explain how systems and processes in education and health care work, parents can learn to be a better advocate, VFN staff can help brainstorm next steps on self-identified needs, connect with other parents who share similar concerns, provide information, resources, and supports, talk about medical diagnosis or other health concerns, challenges in school, home or in the community and offers Parent Leadership opportunities. 

Vermont Hands & Voices is a state chapter of Hands & Voices — a parent-driven non-profit organization that supports families with children who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (DHH), without bias as to communication modes or methodology. Provides families with the resources, networks, and information needed to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children; includes outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts focusing on enabling DHH children to reach their highest potential.

American Sign Languages Classes

College:

Community College of Vermont

Norwich University

University of Vermont (The university offers ASL as a minor.)

Recreational:

Burlington Park and Recreation

Champlain Valley Union High School's ACCESS program 

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Program (ATP) provides demonstrations and loans of equipment that can increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities (that include Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and DeafBlind people). Current VR consumers are encouraged to talk to their counselor about getting AT services. If they are not VR consumers, they would reach out to the Assistive Technology Service Coordinator to express an interest in getting services. Then based on their region they would be assigned to one of their AT Access Specialist. they should reach out to the Assistive Technology Program to learn more about available services.

The FCC's Disability Rights Office addresses disability-related matters, including access to telecommunications services and equipment; hearing aid compatibility; access to advanced communications services and equipment; access to Internet browsers built into mobile phones; telecommunications relay services; the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program; accessible video programming and video programming apparatus (access to televised emergency information, closed captioning on television and television programs on the Internet, audio description, and accessible user interfaces, text menus, and program guides). They provide expert advice and assistance to other Commission bureaus and offices, consumers, industry and others on issues relevant to persons with disabilities. The Disability Rights Office initiates rulemaking where appropriate. The Disability Rights Office also reviews relevant agenda items and other documents and coordinates with Bureaus and Offices to develop recommendations and propose policies to ensure that communications are accessible to persons with disabilities, in conformance with existing disability laws and policies, and to ensure that they support the Commission’s goal of increasing accessibility of communications services and technologies for persons with disabilities.

I Can Connect (ICC) provides free equipment and training to people with both significant vision and hearing loss who meet disability and income guidelines.

Vendor List of Products for People with Hearing and Vision Loss, Vermont

Vendor List of Devices for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Vermont

Vermont Telecommunications Relay Service- Vermont Relay provides several different relay service options including TTY, CapTel (captioned telephone), Hearing/Voice Carry Over, and TeleBraille as well as Relay Conference Captioning (RCC) at no cost to those who live and work in the state of Vermont.

How to Make Your Virtual Meetings Accessible

Virtual Meetings Matrix

COVID Resources

For personal uses, click here for potential clear masks.

For FDA approved masks, click Clear Mask or click Safe’N’Clear, Inc.

Center of Disease Control have videos in Spanish, English and ASL. Use this link ASL Videos by CDC to access the ASL Videos.

Vermomt Department of Health: click VDH.

Developmental Disabilities

Northwestern Counseling Support Services provides support to individuals who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and/or hearing with communication challenges who uses sign language and other forms of communication to work closely with the individual served on this team.

Education

The New England Consortium on Deafblindness (NEC)  is a federally funded grant serving  Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont through the United States Department of Education, Special Education.  Their purpose is to assist the Agency of Education in developing the capacity to serve children and youth who are deafblind.  

Nine East Network provides teacher of the deaf and educational audiology services for families, early intervention teams, students, and school teams, around hearing loss, hearing technology, assessment, instructional strategies, and accommodations/modifications. They also offer sign language instruction, and interpreters. Nine East employs the following service providers: Qualified Educational Interpreters, Communication Facilitators, Teachers of the Deaf/Educational Consultants, Educational Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Sign Language Instructors.  

The University of Vermont Center on Disability and Community Inclusion School-Age Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind (DHHDB) Program. The focus of this program is to provide technical support and professional development to school teams and families of children (age 3-22) who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or DeafBlind (DHHDB). This program provides consultation from educational audiologists and teachers for students who are deaf or hard of hearing to school teams. Additionally, the DHHDB program hosts bi-monthly discussions for DHHDB service providers in Vermont and collects and shares statewide data on students who are DHHDB. This program is rooted in: serving all students regardless of the degree or nature of their hearing loss; engagement with students, parents, caregivers, and families; support for all communication choices; support for the creative use of technology to ensure access; and, transparency and accountability.

Vermont HEARS, LLC's (Hearing in Education: Audiology Resources & Solutions) Vermont HEARS specializes in providing comprehensive hearing tests; functional listening and auditory processing assessments; and auditory training/remediation programming. Vermont HEARS services are contracted through local education agencies and/or individual clients or families. 

Employment

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are open to all people whose disabilities affect their employment. We offer specialized services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and DeafBlind population within Vermont. Our Vocational Rehabilitation counselors will help enhance your success in the workforce.

Health (screening and diagnosis of hearing loss) and Early Intervention

Vermont Early Hearing Detection Intervention Program (VTEHDI)  is a combination of Health and Early Intervention/Education. VTEHDI works with hospitals and other community providers, such as early head start, homebirth midwives and primary care professionals to provide newborn and early periodic hearing screenings.  However, we are more than a screening program. The program provides support, training, and care management to families and their babies, and to community providers. These partnerships ensure timely referrals for diagnostic testing and early intervention services.   The health portion includes screening, diagnosis of hearing loss and then early intervention services. Families have a choice of communication options/opportunities. Some families may choose hearing aids and/or cochlear implants. Other families may choose for their child not to use any type of medical device. Also, family choice may  includes American Sign Language (ASL), Listening and Spoken Language (LSL), English, Cued Speech, bilingual or any combination. At the federal level EHDI has been expanded to cover from birth to age 3.

To locate a cochlear implant clinic, find a CI Clinic.

To locate an audiologist, find an Audiologist.

To locate an ENT,  find an ENT.

Legislative

Vermont Association of the Deaf (VTAD) is a local non-profit organization dedicated to protects the rights of the Deaf individuals and their families to accessible services; to empower Deaf individuals to exercise self-determination and independence; to advocate for equal opportunities in social, educational, and employment opportunities.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals in the United States of America. Their mission is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people in the United States of America.

Professional Organizations

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing promotes the use of spoken language as well as hearing technology for children with hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Association of America promotes new technology, medical resarch and legislation that will alleviate the effects of hearing loss, and we encourage and participate in research to improve hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and other technology needs of consumers with hearing loss. HLAA also promotes and encourages self-advocacy. 

The Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is a national program that provides vocational and rehabilitation services exclusively to youths and adults who are DeafBlind. HKNC offers virtual and residential-based training programs, at its headquarters in Sands Point, NY, to individuals with varying levels of combined vision and hearing loss. Comprehensive training includes vocational and rehabiliation skills such as independent living, assistive technology, communication, orientation and mobility and more along with support in obtaining employment and identifying community resources. To learn more, contact your New England regional representative.

TDI promotes equal access in telecommunications and media for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, or deaf blind.

The Vermont Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (VTRID) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of interpreters, DDBDDHH* community members, and other allies. We collaborate to promote high-quality interpretation between tactile, signed, and spoken languages throughout the state with the utmost integrity and respect. 

For ASL interpreting programs, click on  ASL Interpreting Programs.

*Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing

Public Safety

Text-to-911 allows Vermonters to get ahold of the police, the fire department and the emergency medical services. This was initiated in 2014 to be accessible for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people who prefers to text rather than call 911.

FireSafe802 program allows Vermonters who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and DeafBlind with low income obtain any of these following items: fire alarm detector, carbon monoxide detector and/or alarm clock. One can obtain these items through the Vermont Center for Independent Living.

Recreation

Green Mountain Lions Camp (formerly known as Austine Green Mountain Lions Camp) offers an unique camping experience for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and DeafBlind youth. They also welcome hearing children with Deaf parents or/and siblings.

Speech/Audiology

American Academy of Audiology focuses on providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balanace disorders.

For audiology programs, click on Audiology Programs.

Office of Professional Regulation provides information about hearing aid dispensers.

Vermont Speech Language Hearing Association serves the needs of professionals in Vermont who advocate and support individuals with communication, swallowing, hearing disorders through professional development, advocacy and colleagueship.

For speech language pathology programs, click on Speech Language Pathology Programs.

Laura Siegel, MBA

Director of Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, DeafBlind Services

(V/VP): 802-560-5170

Email: Laura.Siegel@vermont.gov

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