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Independence

Most Deaf and Hard-of–Hearing people live independently. The Deaf community in Vermont is relatively small and tight-knit.  Technology can allow Deaf people to stay in constant contact with each other, even when they live in remote areas.

  • When working with a deaf person who has had to flee her home and leave a laptop, blackberry or videophone behind, obtaining replacements may be among the most important issues on her agenda.
  • In a crisis, deaf people may need to interact with hearing service providers and other support staff.  In those cases, an advocate can support them in making their own decisions, and in finding options that work for them.
  • When a deaf person stays in shelter, it is important to work with them to ensure they can communicate with other residents and with staff in an effective way. Effective communication can reduce the sense of isolation a deaf person might feel.