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Office of Rehabilitation Services
"Helping Individuals with Disabilities to Choose, Find
and Keep Employment"

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

The Office of Rehabilitation Services helps individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing obtain services to meet their needs, provides counseling and guidance to help plan vocational goals and services, assists the individuals to obtain employment. They 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. Clear communication between the vocational rehabilitation counselors and the individual with the hearing loss is the key to successful vocational rehabilitation services. These counselors use the deaf or hard of hearing person's preferred communication methOd and have a good understanding of the abilities and problems of deaf or hard of hearing individuals.

Services available may include: vocational counseling and guidance; vocational evaluation to determine skills, abilities, and potential to work; vocational training; purchase of hearing aids and appropriate communications devices; interpreter services for the purpose of obtaining and maintaining employment; job placement assistance; and rehabilitation technology services.

Resource Links:

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Brochure
The Corliss Community Cooperative
Deaf Nation

Hearing Loss Association of America
Helen Keller National Center
National Association of the Deaf
Relay RI
Rhode Island Association of the Deaf

Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Rhode Island Registry of Interpreters
Rhode Island School for the Deaf
Deaf Life Magazine

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