Our Mission

The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) works to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are hearing, including family members, service providers, and the general public.


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Text-to-911 is the ability to correspond with the 911 center through text messages from your mobile phone or device. All four major wireless providers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, & T-Mobile) now offer the service, but current availability depends on the area of the state where you live.



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This assessment process is designed to assist you, as a developing professional, to identify your strengths and weaknesses in your knowledge and skills of interpreting in order to assist your growth in interpreting competence. Register now!




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Interpreters

The Interpreter Services Program (ISP) contracts with qualified sign language interpreters for services in state agencies, coordinates sign language interpreter and CART services for state agencies and Virginia courts, maintains a Directory of Qualified Interpreters, and provides information to private entities and the general public to assist in locating and securing qualified interpreters.

VQAS

Virginia Quality Assurance Screening is designed to assist you, as a developing professional, to identify your strengths and weaknesses in your knowledge and skills of interpreting in order to assist your growth in interpreting competence.

Equipment

The Technology Assistance Program (TAP) provides telecommunication equipment to qualified applicants whose disabilities prevent them from using a standard telephone. VDDHH outreach specialists can also provide information and referral for assistive technology devices.

Outreach

Our Outreach Specialists can provide a variety of training experiences for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families, caregivers, business, and more.

Emergency Preparedness

Those who are prepared for emergencies recover faster and can help others who also may be affected. Every family and business can take just a few simple steps to prepare and protect your family and your assets.

Virginia Relay

Virginia Relay is a federally-mandated telecommunications relay service for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, Deafblind, or speech disabled. It allows these individuals to communicate with standard telephone users.

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