Deaf, Hard of Hearing
VR has counselors who are specially trained to understand the needs and abilities of people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, 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.
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.
This video explains the services offered by VR and the responsibilities of VR customers who are working with their counselors.
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 will explain how the VR program helps people who are Deaf or hard of hearing prepare for training and obtain employment.
Services for Individuals who are Deaf-Blind
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and 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 consumer who is Deaf-Blind to determine what services are needed and which agency should take the lead in providing services to the eligible consumer. If required, the consumer may receive services from both agencies as outlined in their Individualized Plan(s) for Employment.