About DHOH

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 KODA/CODA.

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