Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 COVID-19 impact on ODHH services

Learn how ODHH services are impacted by COVID-19 by viewing DHS's COVID-19 information in ASL. To view general COVID-19 information in ASL, please see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.


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COVID-19 Communication Card

Deaf and hard of hearing visual communication card for COVID-19 P-02629

The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) offers a COVID-19 communication card for those who are Deaf and hard of hearing. This card is a tool to help bridge communication between medical personnel and people who are Deaf or hard of hearing when discussing COVID-19. If you wish to obtain a copy of the communication card, please contact Caroline Ludka by email or phone at 262-565-6349.


Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a group of nine people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf-Blind and hearing (e.g., parent of a Deaf child, teacher of the Deaf, interpreter) appointed by the Governor to advise him, the Department of Health Services and the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about issues and concerns affecting over 500,000 people in Wisconsin who are Deaf, hard of hearing and/or Deaf-Blind.

Services We Provide:

  • Benefits — Need help with Social Security, Medicare or others?
  • Communication Access — Tips for everyone on communication.
  • Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) — This service is gaining popularity for communication access.
  • Rights and Laws — A listing of rights, laws and links to help guide you to the right place to file a complaint.
  • Deaf-Blind Resources — Several links are included to help you to find information.
  • Demographic Reports — Over the years, various large-scale research organizations (including the Census Bureau) have used survey questions to find out how many people identify themselves as having health problems, functional limitations, impairments or disabilities.
  • Hearing Aids/Cochlear Implant — Information about hearing aids, cochlear implant, hearing health and hearing loss is presented.
  • Training and Presentation Requests — Free trainings and presentations to interested parties on a variety of topics including: hearing loss, accessibility, cultural sensitivity, telecommunications and assistive technology devices, touching upon the rights and laws.
  • AODA and Mental Health Resource Information — A resource page has been developed to find an appropriate agency, program, or office in your area.
  • Service Fund — Pays for communication access (sign language interpreters, CART, or SSP's) services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing persons in certain situations not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Sign Language Interpreting — Need to know how to schedule an interpreter or who is the right person?
  • Technology Accommodations — A range of technology information is available.
  • Telecommunications Assistance Program — TAP provides funds to people who meet income and hearing loss eligibility criteria as a means to assist in the purchase of specialized telecommunication devices, such as a TTY.

Visor Card for Drivers who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

ODHH offers a visor card for drivers who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to better communicate with law enforcement during traffic stops. If you are interested in obtaining the visor card and instructions for proper placement, please contact Caroline Ludka by email or phone at 262-565-6349.

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Last Revised: April 20, 2021