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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please be advised that the VDDHH office is open by appointment only. Most of the staff are working from home (teleworking) and some staff occasionally come to the office.

If you are seeking information regarding our services, please contact the VDDHH at 1-800-552-7917 (Toll Free), or 804-662-9502 (Voice), or 804-325-1290 (VP) or contact us here. Virginia Relay users may contact VDDHH by dialing 711 before dialing our toll free or local number. Please be sure to leave a detailed message including your full name and telephone number with your area code. We will be remotely checking messages, and will respond to your call or email as soon as possible.

We have changed how we provide services to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) promotes accessible communication so that persons who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing may fully participate in programs, services and opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.

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Find an overview of what VDDHH has to offer below...

Visit the Interpreters page

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.

Visit the VQAS page

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.

Visit the TAP page

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.

Learn about VDDHH Community Services

Community Services

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

Visit the Emergency Preparedness page

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.

Learn about Virginia Relay

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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