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WITA Completion Announcement

The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) has issued an official memo to announce the completion of the Wisconsin Interpreting and Transliterating Assessment (WITA), as the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) will be replacing the WITA in 2019. 

To see this announcement in American Sign Language, view this vlog.


WITA Permanent Status

ODHH is offering a WITA permanent status option to individuals who currently have a valid WITA passing status. Individuals who have taken and passed the WITA since March 2017 are eligible to apply. The WITA permanent status ensures a current and valid WITA passing status for the purpose of the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) restricted license renewals.

To apply for the WITA permanent status, fill out and submit the WITA Permanent Status Request Form. This request form will be available until June 30, 2019.

To learn more about the WITA permanent status, please see the BEI FAQ webpage.

If you have any questions about the WITA permanent status, please email the BEI inbox.


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) is pleased to announce the release of our 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



ODHH Training/Workshop Survey - ODHH is planning to host a series of training/workshops for the deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-Blind community.

We value your input and experience and ask that you consider participating in our surveys. The surveys explore areas we can improve and better support the Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-Blind communities.

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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.
  • Wisconsin Interpreting and Transliterating Assessment — Provides candidates with an individual assessment of interpreting and transliteration skills, supporting professional growth; whereas providing consumers with a measure of the interpreter’s skills.

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Last Revised: December 2, 2019