Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. (DILA) offers a free information and referral service for those who want to learn more about hearing loss, deafness and related resources. We are often contacted by businesses, schools, police departments, hospitals, government agencies and other organizations that wish to make their programs and services more accessible to the deaf and hearing loss community.
While the majority of our calls come from the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, DILA receives many calls from throughout Maryland and neighboring states requesting information on deafness and related resources or available services. Our specialists are more than happy to answer your questions.
Information & Referral Requests Include:
- Information on deafness and deaf culture
- Finding qualified sign language interpreters
- Advocacy issues
- Community support services
- Residential support services
- Employment opportunities and supported employment
- Applying for housing, food and healthcare assistance from the federal government
- Referrals to various State agencies and programs
- Where to purchase hearing aids
- Proper telecommunications use
- Locating educational and recreational programs for deaf or hard-of-hearing children/adults
- Using Maryland Relay
- Information about upcoming events and workshops sponsored by DILA or other organizations
- Sign language classes
- Assistive technology for deaf and hearing loss individuals
- Technical assistance/Staff development
- Video Relay Services
- Emergency/Safety preparedness
- Meeting rooms
- And many other available resources
Proactive in the Community
DILA participates in many community events by offering presentations at local business, schools and other organizations as well as hosting information booths to distribute literature on how we can be of service for anyone looking for resources on deafness. DILA cooperates with various agencies in staff development such as deaf-blind resources, emergency disaster training and video relay usage. DILA also sponsors Deaf Awareness events throughout the year such as Deaf Community Night with the Shorebirds, Deaf Educational Awareness Festival (D.E.A.F.), a parent led support group for parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and Summer Deaf Camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
To Learn More...
For more information about our information and referral,
call 410-742-5052 (voice/TTY) or email email@example.com.
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