Low intensity support services are provided to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals that live in the community. Eligible individuals receive limited support services based on their needs and desires. DILA provides assistance in the following areas:
- Accessing and using generic community services
- Social Security benefits management
- Understanding and responding to written correspondence
- Making appointments
- Training in money management
- Arranging transportation assistance, if needed
- Leisure activities and social opportunities
DILA will assist deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to learn how to become effective self-advocates by helping them access and use the necessary resources to allow them to make their own informed decisions and express their needs. Additionally, sensitivity training about deaf culture is offered to break down communication barriers in advocacy.
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A distinct language with its own vocabulary, grammar and linguistic rules, American Sign Language (ASL) is the most commonly used sign language in the United States. DILA offers basic, intermediate and advanced ASL classes for interpreters and other interested individuals, funding permitted. Classes are held at DILA throughout the year. To register or to find out when the next class is scheduled, click here, or call 410-742-5052 (V/TTY) or email email@example.com.
Parent Support Group
DILA has a parent led, Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children Support Group. This support group is targeted for parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and youths of all ages. The purpose of this group is to offer peer support, education and coping skills for parents dealing with issues related to hearing loss. A list-serve is available for parents to communicate with each other when they are unable to attend the group meetings. Click here for more information.
DILA sponsors a summer camp program operated by staff and volunteers that are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). It is designed to bring deaf and hard-of-hearing children together to experience social interaction and learning opportunities with their peers and deaf role models. The camp affords deaf and hard-of-hearing children the opportunity for an enriching experience without communication barriers and reduces the isolation they face over the summer. Activities include:
- Arts and crafts
- Educational activities
- Field trips
- Sporting events
- And many other fun activities
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To Learn More...
For more information about our community support services, call 410-742-5052 (voice/TTY) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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