Statewide Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 


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This webpage provides statewide resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Illinois.  Below are direct links to their websites.

  • Centers for Independent Living (CIL)
    • Core of services provided are Information and referral, Peer support, Independent living skills training, and Advocacy.  Depending on the needs of the community, these services may also be provided:  Interpreter/reader referral, Transportation arrangement and housing location assistance, Technical assistance and information on laws and compliance requirements, and Disability awareness training.
  • The Chicago Lighthouse (CLH)
    • Provides educational, clinical, vocational and rehabilitation services for children, youth and adults who are blind or visually impaired including deaf-blind and multi-disabled.  Also includes the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution program which provides low-income individuals with combined hearing and vision loss with access to telephone, advanced communications and information services.
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
    • Help individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, or Deafblind find jobs, get ready to go to work, or obtain services to meet their needs.  Serve as a resource to professionals, state agencies, community organizations, and the public, providing information related to employment, training, and accommodations for persons who have a hearing loss.
  • Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC)
    • Focuses on public service, education and research as a basis to provide, promote and coordinate family-centered, community-based, culturally competent care for eligible children with special health care needs in IL.  Helps children with disabilities, and those who have conditions which may lead to disabilities, grow and develop to the full extent of their abilities.
  • Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)
    • Promotes the availability of assistive technology services and programs for people with disabilities.  Serves all people with disabilities in IL, their families, service providers, state agencies, private industry, educators, and other interested individuals, regardless of age or income.
  • Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD)
    • Educate students to become responsible, self supporting citizens.  Provide a safe learning environment that encourages students to attain their highest potential in reading, writing, and mathematics.  Empower students to explore the technological trends and employment opportunities.
  • Illinois Service Resource Center (ISRC)
    • Provides behavior support for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in IL.  Also provides training, onsite assistance and resources for parents and educators of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC)
    • Provides a Free Equipment Program and Illinois Relay on behalf of phone companies.
  • Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED)
    • Advocates for the rights of state employees with disabilities.  Serves as a resource for state agencies on disability-related issues.  Goals are achieved through education and legislation.
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