Resources for Hearing Impaired Vegas Locals
Facing hearing loss can sometimes seem like a lonely experience. Although online support groups, your audiologist, and friends and family are all great resources, there are also organizations right here in the Las Vegas area aimed at supporting you throughout your journey. We’ve put together a list of some reputable and helpful resources for those facing deafness or hearing impairment in Las Vegas.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center – DHHARC
DHHARC is a statewide advocacy center that is dedicated to providing resources, information and education to deaf and hard of hearing adults and children, as well as their family members, caregivers, educators and employers. Their vision statement is as follows: “The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center strives to empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals by providing services, educating our community about the rights guaranteed to all Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nevadans and enhancing the quality of life of all we serve”. Browse their list of helpful links on their website, join them for weekly American Sign Language classes every Thursday or refer to their other services. With their offices conveniently located right here in Las Vegas, help might be closer than you think.
Nevada Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf – NVRID
NVRID not only provides a registry of qualified interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing, they also provide pertinent information regarding a hearing impaired person’s right to equal access. Did you know that you have a right to equal access in movie theatres, restaurants and even car dealerships? Did you know that in many cases it is not your financial responsibility to provide the interpreter? Do you know your hearing impaired child’s rights in school? This is a great resource for anyone interested in ADA regulations on hearing impaired accessibility, and how they may affect your life. If after reading a few of their informative articles you decide you do need an interpreter for a specific event, they also provide a registry of qualified interpreters across the state for you to contact. NVRID is also hosting an exciting workshop in May. Join their mailing list to be updated on the details.
For more information please visit www.nvrid.org
Southern Nevada Centers for Independent Living – SNCIL
Although not a hard of hearing or deaf specific resource, SNCIL works to “Educate, Advocate, and Liberate” anyone with a health need or disability, which is a barrier to independent living. SNCIL can assist by providing information and referrals, peer and group counseling, advocacy, and benefits counseling. They can also help you to obtain free adaptive equipment, free phone equipment, and provide public awareness and community training. SNCIL is conveniently located just one mile from the Las Vegas strip. Unlike many organizations aimed at assisting those with needs, the board, staff and volunteers of SNCIL are almost all living with a health need or disability. They are driven to help you adapt and pursue the life you want to live.
For more information please visit www.sncil.org