Job Training and Resources
The Office for the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides
employers a wide array of resources and services, including information,
training, technical assistance, and consultation.
The state’s only agency for the deaf and hard of hearing issues can
answer employers’ questions or concerns about:
assistive and telecommunication technology and services
American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, and various
federal and state laws related to communication access
hearing loss and its'
impact on communication
integrating deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind people
in your workplace through reasonable
interpreting services and
tax credit benefits for employers
ODHH developed a resource book
for the employers to use. Contact any of the staff
to get a hard copy.
WorkSource Wisconsin (exit DHS) is the employer's guide on disability and resources.
Looking for a job? ODHH developed a workbook
(PDF, 557 KB) for those who are seeking job or need to brush up their
The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing maintains a Directory of Resources
containing local and national resources specifically catered to the unique needs
of the deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind communities.
The Service Fund pays for
communication access services for deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind persons
in certain situations not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Communication access services
that the Service Fund covers include sign language interpreting and real time
requires most organizations and other entities to cover the cost of
communication access services but if an entity is facing an undue hardship (as
defined by the
), the Service Fund may help. The Service Fund may cover situations such as:
Emergency or Immediate medical or mental health
Support Groups (12-Step, Cancer Survivors, single
Job-related situations for individuals who do not
receive DVR services
Funerals and Memorial services
Meetings involving housing and shelter matters
The Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program (TEPP,
exit DHS) is to help people with disabilities buy specialized equipment they
need in order to use basic telephone services.
The Telecommunications Assistance Program (TAP)
provides funds to people who meet income and hearing loss eligibility
criteria to enable them to purchase special telecommunication devices,
such as a TTY. TAP also supports Telecommunication Equipment Purchase
The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides training
opportunities free of charge to interested businesses, agencies, or
organizations interested in improving their understanding of issues relating to
the deaf and hard of hearing, and deafblind communities.
U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
developed a document,
"Questions and Answers about Deafness and Hearing Impairments in the
Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act".
Americans with Disabilities Act Resource
Guide for Employers (PDF, 56 KB)
A Guide for Non-Profit
Organizations Americans with Disabilities Act (PDF,
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February 28, 2013