Assistive Technology for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & DeafBlind
Assistive technology is equipment used by individuals with disabilities to promote independence. As technology is always changing and improving, so does the equipment. The Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind can benefit from a variety of equipment from assistive listening to alerting devices. There are numerous of companies that sell or loan equipment. Please be aware IDHHC cannot recommend a specific business. Individuals will need to search for specific equipment that best address their challenges.
Devices that help the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind live independently include FM systems, amplified telephones and alerting devices such as a vibrating or flashing alarm clock, flashing carbon monoxide detector, doorbell signaler, telephone signaler and more.
Below is a list of state agencies and/or nonprofit organizations that can help you explore different options available.
- Centers for Independent Living (CILs)
Some centers have different types of devices available.
- Chicago Hearing Society (CHS)
Provides free amplified phones and consists of a hearing aid bank of used, reimbursed devices. Also provides financial options for hearing aid purchases.
- Chicago Lighthouse (CLH)
Provides an equipment distribution program for the DeafBlind.
- Division of Human Services, Department of Rehabilitation Services (DHS-DRS)
Must currently be employed or seeking employment and have an active case file with them to qualify for assistance.
- Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Provides information on hearing assistive technology & equipment as well as financial assistance information.
- Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)
Provides a loaning program on devices including AT Demonstrations, AT Device Loans, AT State Financing, and AT Reutilization.
- Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC)
Provides a free equipment program for telecommunication devices.
Please be sure to check the other pages on IDHHC website for additional information