State of Maine Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened
The Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened (DDHHLD) provides a variety of services for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Late-Deafened citizens of Maine, including:
- Information, referral and advocacy
- Providing Deaf Identification Cards
- Providing Vehicle Placards for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Identification
- Providing 70% TTY Discount In-State Calls
- Publishing the handbook "Resources: A Guide to Services for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing"
- Promoting policies and legislation designed to increase and improve services for the deaf
- Providing Legal Interpreting Information
- Providing a listing of Legal Interpreters
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf are provided through the General VR program. Contact your local VR office to apply.
The Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened has authored and distributed several documents for and about Maine's Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities:
- "Resources: A Guide to Services for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing"
- "Maine-Lines" newsletter
- "Using your TTY Comfortably"
- Interpreting Licensure Brochure
Other hearing loss resources
Hear in Maine is an Alpha One program that offers people resources to find hearing aid services and financial aid. They maintain a list of audiologists, hearing aid vendors, and financial resources. They look at eligibility for funding supports and where to find them.
"iCanConnect" The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) iCanConnect, the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), provides free access to distance communication technologies to people with significant combined hearing and vision loss who meet federal income guidelines.