Community Services

Community Services include a variety of services to the deaf and hard of hearing community. A major focus of their work is Information and Referral about resources for hearing loss, and training to state and local agencies about how to effectively interact with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Community Services offers:

  • Training for persons who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and their families.
  • Training to businesses, caregivers, public safety officials, and professionals that serve persons who have a hearing loss.
  • Information and training about local services including where to find sign language classes, support services, and the technical equipment needed to aid persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with their communication needs.
  • Community education through information tables at local events, speaking to civic organizations, attending support group meetings, and working one on one with consumers who need training to use the equipment to meet their needs.
  • Information and Resources on a variety of subjects:
    • Coping with hearing loss
    • Hearing Aid Resources
    • Hearing loss prevention
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Sensitivity training for Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel
    • Video Relay Services and VideoPhones
    • TTY training for businesses and individuals
    • Virginia Relay
    • Using an interpreter effectively
    • Increasing Sign language skills
    • Cochlear Implant Information


Contact Community Services:
gary.talley@vddhh.virginia.gov
VideoPhone: 804-325-1289
tressela.bateson@vddhh.virginia.gov
VideoPhone: 434-374-1772



To find a TAP Specialist in your area, view our listings in the:


Hearing Loss Resources

There are many resources and support groups for people with hearing loss. Some of these organizations may have a local chapter near you:



Information on Hearing Aids

While the Commonwealth of Virginia does not provide any program for financial assistance to purchase hearing aids, we have compiled a list of resources and information into a Hearing Aid Packet. This collection of resources contains helpful information on the different types of hearing aids, how to best understand and select one, and financial options available. To request a Hearing Aid Packet please email frontdsk@vddhh.virginia.gov or contact us by phone at 800-552-7917.

Information on American Sign Language Classes

Currently, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing does not conduct any American Sign Language Classes at the agency. However, we attempt to stay abreast of any classes offered throughout the State. For more information regarding American Sign Language Classes in your area please contact us at frontdsk@vddhh.virginia.gov or contact us by phone at 800-552-7917. You may also find additional information on our Facebook Page, where we post information on classes as we are made aware of them.


Information on Events for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the State of Virginia

Events are held all across the State of Virginia for those who are Deaf or hard of hearing. As we are made aware of an event taking place, we will post that information on our Facebook page . While this is not an exhaustive list, we try to provide as much information as possible for anyone to enjoy and partake of these opportunities.

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