Outreach & Education

Everyday someone is diagnosed with a hearing loss. Trying to learn about hearing loss and understand its impact can be overwhelming. Understanding your rights to communication access is essential for independent living. 

Deaf Self Advocacy Training

IDHHC coordinated trainings for community service providersIDHHC coordinated trainings for community service providers to become certified in order to provide community Deaf Self Advocacy Training (DSAT) developed by the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC). Individuals will learn how to work with valuable resources that apply to everyday living to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind consumers. If you are interested in taking the training, please contact IDHHC.



Lending Library

IDHHC maintains a free lending library with many different resources involving hearing loss. Don’t live in Springfield? No problem, IDHHC will mail the items to you; all you need to do is pay for the return shipping. You may borrow up to 5 items at one time for 30 days. Contact dhh.webmaster@illinois.gov for questions.

Interested? A copy of the lending policy and check out form are available for download. Lending Policy & Check-Out Forms  Materials are available in the following categories:

  • Cochlear Implants
  • Communications
  • Cued Speech
  • Deaf/Blind
  • Deaf Culture
  • Educational Instructional Materials
  • Educational Issues
  • Entertainment Hearing Aids
  • Hearing and Health
  • Interpreters
  • Parents/Family
  • Resources
  • Sign Language
  • Speech Reading
  • Technology