Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 COVID-19 impact on ODHH services

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Communication Visor Card for Drivers who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Visor cards for drivers who are deaf


The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) offers a communication card for drivers who are Deaf and hard of hearing. This card is a tool to help bridge communication between law enforcement officers and citizens who are Deaf or hard of hearing during traffic stops or road emergencies. In addition, there are instructions that show where to place the card in your vehicle. If you wish to obtain a copy of the visor card and instructions, please contact Caroline Ludka by email or phone at 262-565-6349.


Communication Guide for use with Emergency Personnel
Communication Guide for use with law enforcement personnel


Wisconsin releases free visor cards for deaf, hard of hearing drivers to communicate with police (Channel 3000)

Visor Card User Experience Survey

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.

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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.

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Last Revised: June 25, 2020