This page lists agencies and organizations who have committed to serving members of our community who have visual or hearing impairment. These are supportive services provided by state and private agencies who have trained staff experienced working with this population of our peers.
The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) is the state’s lead Bureau for the coordination and provision of services to all Connecticut residents who are legally blind, or have significant visual impairments. These services include training and devices that help people who are blind function in the home and in the community independently; teaching children how to adapt to and learn in an environment – in and outside of school – that is designed for those with sight and; providing services that help people who are blind find work or keep their job after blindness has developed.
184 Windsor Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095
DMHAS Deaf/Deaf-Blind/Hard of Hearing Program and Services (DHOH): The mission of DMHAS/OMHE DHOH services is to ensure effective communication and equity in services. All persons who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, or Hard of Hearing in DMHAS services will have equal access to culturally and linguistically affirmative mental health and substance use services.
Capitol Region Mental Health Center (CRMHC): is a community based mental health center, operated by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, which provides an array of innovative clinical and community support services to individuals with a psychiatric disability, in many cases with co-occurring problems of substance abuse. Our mission is to partner with persons in recovery to ensure access to high quality and culturally competent person-centered behavioral healthcare services.
Location: Hartford, CT
CMHC: The Connecticut Mental Health Center: providing the latest treatments and comprehensive behavioral health services in the community to disadvantaged individuals suffering form serious mental illness and/or addiction disorders. As treatment cannot stand alone, we are committed to closely coordinated and integrated psychosocial, rehabilitative and residential services. Our ultimate goal is to provide the services and support that enable ill individuals to participate in community life.
Location: New Haven, CT
Connecticut Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy are focused on empowering children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to reach their highest potential.
Location: Wethersfield, CT
The Connecticut Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf (CCOSD), Inc. has a basic objective that is to promote and serve the best interests and welfare of all Deaf citizens of Connecticut. The CCOSD serves as a catalyst for cooperative efforts and actions of its member organizations.
Location: Statewide Resources
Deaf-Blind Association of Connecticut (DBAC): promotes the welfare of Deaf-Blind people in educational, economic, security, social equality and just rights and privileges as citizens. The Association cooperates with other organization of and for Deaf-Blind people and Deaf people in working toward its objections. This Organization is for Deaf-Blind community be more independent. DBAC holds events like: annual picnic, walkathons, Christmas Party and more.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind: We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides superbly bred and trained dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired. Our dogs are known for their exceptional temperaments and success at helping people gain independence and to expand their horizons of opportunity.
At our facilities in Yorktown Heights, NY, and Patterson, NY, we breed, raise, and train exceptional dogs. Then we connect them to people who are seeking increased freedom and independence, so that together, they can experience all kinds of life adventures.
For information please call: (800) 942-0149
LifeBridge Community Services: Helps adults, youths, and families by providing the tools that strengthen their ability to cope, adapt, and overcome challenges. Our comprehensive services support people struggling with personal issues, family challenges, domestic violence, trauma, loss, and unemployment. We operate the only walk-in behavioral health clinic.
Sign Language Interpreting Services based on availability.
Location: Bridgeport, CT
National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut members know that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back. For further information, please call the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut community outreach office at 860-289-1971 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Deaf or Hard of Hearing): Our network of crisis centers offers many services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, including veterans. If you are hard of hearing, you can chat with a Lifeline counselor 24/7 by:
Video relay Service – Dial 800-273-8255
TTY – Dial 800-799-4889
Voice/Caption Phone – Dial 800-273-8255
Text with a Veterans Crisis Line responder – Send a text message to 838255
There are also chat services online through their website, Click the link above to access these services.
River Valley Services is committed to providing a full array of Clinical Services to clients and offer equal access to recovery-oriented, person-centered, culturally appropriate and linguistically accessible mental health and substance use services through an interpreter to people who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, or Hard of Hearing at no cost. People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing clients have access to all psychiatric services including case management, group and individual psychotherapy, Respite, vocational services and medication management. Michelle Leister is the contact person to address the communication needs of persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and ensure full access to services. She can be reached by telephone at 860 262-5318 or via email at: email@example.com.
Location: Middletown, CT
The CT Quitline is a telephone help line offered free of charge that provides cessation counseling, quitting information, answers to your questions, and support you need while quitting. When you call, your call will be answered by one of our Quit Coaches who are professionally trained to help you quit tobacco. This line is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day. English, Spanish, and other language speaking coaches are available.
For the hearing impaired – TTY number is 1-877-777-6534