The Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired (CDHI) was
created by the Connecticut State Legislature in 1974 to advocate, strengthen and
implement state policies affecting Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and
their relationship to the public, industry, health care, and educational
opportunities. On July 1, 2011, CDHI merged into the Department of
Rehabilitation Services (DORS).
Sign Language Interpreting Program closed as of close
of business 7/15/16
The Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) has made the
decision to close the DORS Sign Language Interpreting Services Program. This is
in no way a reflection of the value we place on equal access of communications
for people with disabilities, the interpreting program, or our
staff. What does this mean for you? As of July 15,
2016, we are no longer direct providers of sign language interpreting services.
If you are in need of interpreting services, please call 2-1-1, or visit www.211ct.org and search for “Sign Language
Interpretation.” You can also follow this
link to directly access the page listing interpreting services
available in Connecticut (which will continue to be updated). TTY: 800-671-0737.
We will continue to monitor and post a statewide Interpreter Registry
. All sign language interpreters
working for compensation in Connecticut must satisfy the mandates of established
law CT General Statute Sec. 46a-33a, including annual registration with DORS and
submission of documented credentials, including certification by a nationally
recognized board. If you have any questions about the registry, please call 860-424-5055 or email DORS.Interpreting@ct.gov.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Counseling Unit primarily provides
adjustment counseling for individuals, couples and family specific to Deaf, Hard
of Hearing, and children of Deaf adults. Some examples of counseling may
include: managing stress related to communication barriers; issues related to
hearing loss; understanding Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Kid of Deaf Adult/Children
of Deaf Adult (KODA/CODA) identity; enhancing daily skills and other daily
challenges that may be encountered daily with being Deaf, Hard of Hearing or
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