Hearing Loss Expo 2014
State, County, and Local Government Agencies
Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH)
ODHH advocates on behalf of people who are deaf or hard of hearing, acts as a clearinghouse of information, makes referrals, and administers the Sign Language Interpreter & Transliterator State Registration Act. Contact ODHH at 717-783-4912 V/TTY or at 717-831-1928 videophone or at www.dli.pa.gov/odhh.
Department of Labor & Industry: Office of Unemployment Compensation Service Centers (OUCSC)
OUCSC plans, organizes and directs all activities for processing, and payment of all unemployment claims filed throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information about OUCSC services, visit our website at www.uc.pa.gov.
Department of Labor & Industry: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
OVR provides vocational rehabilitation services to assist eligible persons with disabilities achieve independence. Persons receiving services from OVR work with vocational rehabilitation counselors to develop a plan for competitive employment or to achieve great independence in their lives. For more information about OVR, visit our website at www.dli.pa.gov/ovr.
Department of Labor & Industry: OVR, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS)
OVR's Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services provides services to assist Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired to work and maintain independent lives. BBVS has six district offices throughout Pennsylvania that provide a wide range of services to all age groups from infants to senior citizens. For more information, visit our website at www.dli.pa.gov/ovr.
Department of Human Services: Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
The mission of OMHSAS is that every individual served by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service system will have the opportunity for growth, recovery, and inclusion in their community, have access to culturally competent services and supports of their choice, and enjoy a quality of life that includes family members and friends. For more information about OMHSAS, visit our website at www.dhs.pa.gov.
Pennsylvania emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
PEMA's 9-1-1 office, working with our county partners, established and now maintains an E-911 telecommunications system as the primary emergency access portal for public safety services to citizens of and visitors to the commonwealth. For more information, visit our website at www.pema.pa.gov then click on 9-1-1 under "Planning and Preparedness."
Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources
Link is designed to be a cross-age, cross-system network of partner agencies who collaborate to serve individuals who need home and community based services and supports. The coordinated network of partners allows a consumer to initiate contact with any Link partner and access needed information, assistance, and resources. The "no wrong door" approach attempts to minimize duplication of efforts by both consumer and provider. Link partners assist the following populations, regardless of income: adults age 60+, individuals living with any type of disability, and persons living with behavioral health or substance abuse issues, and the caregivers and family members of these aforementioned populations. For more information about the Link program, visit our website at www.aging.pa.gov.
Advisory Committees & Councils
Educational resources for Children with Hearing Loss (ERCHL)
ERCHL is an advisory committee to the Bureau of Special Education and its mission is to promote excellence in the provision of educational programs and services for all Pennsylvanian students who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more information about ERCHL, visit our website at www.pattan.net then search for ERCHL.
Pennsylvania Telecommunications Relay Services Advisory Board
The Board advises the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on matters related to Telecommunications Relay Service, which enables people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech impaired to communicate by phone with the hearing public. For more information, go to www.puc.pa.gov.
The Advisory Council for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ACDHH)
The council is mandated to provide recommendations to public and private agencies, advocate for services, and act as a bureau of information. The 17-member council includes state agencies, the legislature, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing provides logistic support to the council. For more information about ACDHH, visit our website at www.dli.state.pa.us/odhh.
Advocacy & Technical Assistance
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN)
DRN is a statewide, non-profit corporation designated as the federally-mandated organization to advance and protect the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities. Our mission is to advance, protect and advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities. For more information about our organization, visit our website at www.drnpa.org.
Pennsylvania Client Assistance Program (CAP)
PA CAP is the statewide advocate for individuals with disabilities who have questions or concerns about the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services, and Center for Independent Living services. Also, we provide information and referral. For more information, please visit our website at www.equalemployment.org.
Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (PASILC)
PASILC is a nonprofit, cross-disability, consumer-controlled organization dedicated to securing public policies that ensure civil rights for people with disabilities by supporting the independent living philosophy. For more information, visit our website at www.pasilc.org.
Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network (PATTAN)
PATTAN supports the efforts and initiatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education and builds the capacity of local education agencies to serve students who receive special education services. For more visit our website at www.pattan.net.
United Stated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. For more information, visit our website at www.eeoc.gov.
Agencies that Provide Multiple Services
Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (BDHHS)
The mission of Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing services is to provide services, resources, and social opportunities to and education and advocacy for the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing individuals in Berks and surrounding counties.
BDHHS provides: advocacy, assistive device program, hearing aid assistance, hearing aid repair, hearing screenings, information and referral, interpreting services, personal assistance, sign language classes and social and educational programs. Contact BDHHS at 610-685-4520, or 484-388-4086 videophone or at www.bdhhs.org.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Lancaster County (DHHS of Lancaster County)
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life and encourage independence for deaf or hard of hearing people. DHHS provides interpreters, sign language classes, housing and financial support, assistive device recommendations and sales, and community education. For more information, visit our website at www.dhhslancaster.org.
St. Vincent de Paul Hear Fayette Program
Hear Fayette is a program of St. Vincent de Paul. The goal of Hear Fayette Program is to connect people with people especially those with hearing loss. Hear Fayette is the place to learn about, complain about, and do something about the problems of living with hearing loss. Contact Hear Fayette at 724-736-2000 or at http://www.stvincentdepauluniontown.org/.
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF)
PATF is a non-profit organization that makes it easier for people with disabilities, including veterans and older Pennsylvanians, to finance assistive technology (AT) devices and services. The foundation offers consumers low and no-interest loans for AT. The process is quick and respects the consumers' right to choose what they feel works best for them. AT is defined as any device or service that helps a person with a disability achieve a more independent and productive life. This can include, but is not limited to, screen readers, lowered floors for cars and vans, ramps, grab bars and wider doorways for homes, hearing and vision aids, scooters, iPads, and computers with special software and/or hardware. For more information, visit our website at www.patf.us.
East Coast Hearing Loops
East Coast Hearing Loops installs and services residential and commercial hearing loops. For more information about East Coast, visit our website at www.eastcoasthearingloops.com.
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
PIAT offers information and referral about assistive technology (AT), device demonstrations, and awareness-level presentations. PIAT's programs include: Pennsylvania's AT ending library, a free, state-supported program that loans AT devices to Pennsylvanians of all ages; the Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP), a program that provides free specialized equipment to people with disabilities which prevent them from using regular telephone equipment; iCanConnect, the national deaf-blind equipment distribution program, which provides free advanced telecommunications equipment to people who are deaf-blind; and the Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP), a network of programs offering ways for people to obtain, donate or sell AT equipment. For more information visit our website at www.disabilities.temple.edu/piat.
PAHrtners Deaf Services
PAHrnters Deaf Services is committed to providing clinically, culturally and linguistically appropriate care to deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Our goal is to empower individuals to make choices, attain goals, build relationships, and participate in community life in the most integrated and independent fashion possible. Every participant in our program is treated with respect, dignity, courtesy, and equality. PAHrtners Deaf Services recognizes the growth and recovery process is unique for each person. Therefore, all services are individualized to meet the specific needs of each member of the PAHrtners community. For more information about PAHrtners, visit our website at www.pahrtners.com.
Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania
Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania (VBH-PA) coordinates behavioral health services for Health Choices members living in 13 counties throughout Western Pennsylvania. The VBH-PA vision employs the principles of recovery and resiliency in developing a unique array of services and providers for each county that target its members' service needs and strengthen its existing delivery system. VBH-PA is committed to supporting recovery and improving the quality of life for persons living with mental illness and substance-abuse disorders. For more information, visit our website at www.vbh-pa.com.
A summer camp where 35-65 deaf and hard of hearing children and youth and 16-25 counselors are immersed in a fun, activities-filled six-day camp experience at Camp Victory in Millville. Contact the camp at 570-389-9006 phone/text, or at http://www.campherodeafhh.org.
Archive Reporting & Captioning Service, Inc.
Archive specializes in communication solutions for the hard of hearing and hearing impaired. Using the latest technology in conjunction with CART, remote CART, broadcast captioning, and reporting and transcript production, Archive Reporting & Captioning Service provides accurate and reliable solutions. With over 20 years of experience, we have a proven and successful track record of exceeding our clients' expectations. Archive Reporting & Captioning Service's nationally certified captioners and reporters facilitate communication in many venues including schools, universities, courtrooms and boardrooms or remotely to caption conference calls, internet classes or television broadcasts. For more information, visit our website at www.archivereporting.com.
Closed Caption Maker
ClosedCaption Maker of Harrisburg adds subtitles/captions to your videos. We add subtitles to streaming video (WMV, QT, FLASH) and DVDs. We are a service-disabled veteran-owned small business and provide captioning for many college and federal agencies. Visit us at www.ccmaker.com. Cost is 4 dollar per minute of video; includes transcribing. Discount for colleges.
Karasch & Associates
For 35 years Karasch & Associates, a woman-owned firm, has provided CART captioning, off-line captioning, broadcast captioning, ASL and CART captioning for Braille readers. Our Captioning Division proudly works with educational institutions, businesses, government agencies and individual consumers daily. Services are provided on-site or remotely both nationally and internationally. For more information, visit our website www.karasch.com.
Center for Independent Living (CILs)
Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP)
The CILCP is a nonprofit, cross-disability organization run and administered by people with disabilities. The mission of the CILCP is to eliminate and prevent barriers that people with disabilities experience by providing ongoing advocacy and offering innovative programs and services. For more information about our services, visit our website at www.cilcp.org.
Disability Empowerment Center
The center serves residents of Lancaster and Lebanon counties. In general, the center, whose staffs and boards are composed of 51 percent or more of persons with disabilities, offers a variety of services over and above their four core services of information and referral; peer mentoring; individual and grassroots advocacy; and independent living skills training. These may include nursing home transition, transition for students leaving high school, American Sign Language interpretation programs, assistive technology lending libraries, and more. For more information about our center, email us at email@example.com or visit our website at www.decpa.org.
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL)
LVCIL is a disabilities services agency based in Allentown that provides services such as housing search and support, sign language interpreting services, youth transition services, job coaching for young adults, supports coordination for adult autism waiver and office of long term living, accessibility site surveys and disabilities sensitivity trainings. For more information about our services, visit our website at www.lvcil.org.
Liberty Resources, Inc. (LRI)
LRI is the Center for Independent Living for the Philadelphia area, which advocates for and works with persons with disabilities to ensure their civil rights and equal access to all aspects of life in our community. It is our hope that the center will be seen as the major point of entry into the community for people with disabilities in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, a place where an individual can make contact and receive the services they need, or are referred to appropriate organizations in the community. For more information about our organization, visit our website at www.libertyresources.org.
College, Universities, and Training Centers
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania: Accommodative Services Office
Building on a rich history of academic excellence as one of 14 public universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Bloomsburg University prepares and inspires students to become dynamic and confident leaders. BU seeks to provide students with disabilities support services and other reasonable and effective accommodations to ensure equal access to university programs. Contact accommodative services at 570-389-5348 or at 570-245-6131 videophone or http://www.bloomu.edu/accommodative-services
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania: ASL/English Interpreting Program
The ASL/English Interpreting Program is a four-year bachelor's degree granting program that prepares students to become sign language interpreters. For more information about our program visit our website at http://www.bloomu.edu/asl.
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania: Deaf Education Certification
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) & Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) accredited the Deaf Education Teacher Preparation program at Bloomsburg University. Bloomsburg University offers undergraduate and graduate teacher certifications. Upon completion of this program, individuals will be eligible to teach both students who are deaf or hard of hearing enrolled in pre-school to 12th grade and students without hearing loss from pre-school to 4th grade. For more information about our program, visit our website at http://www.bloomu.edu/deaf_education.
Commonwealth Technical Institute at Hiram G. Andrews Center
The Institute at Hiram G. Andrews Center (CTI@HGAC) conducts a comprehensive program of services featuring the integration of education, counseling, evaluation, and physical restoration in a barrier-free environment. Support services enable individuals to examine personal behavior and make positives changes in preparing for entry level employment. The Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services unit includes a rehabilitation counselor and certified interpreters, all of whom are fluent in ASL and are knowledgeable about the use of assistive listening devices. Evaluation and remediation services are customized to meet the needs of the students. For more information about our program, visit our website at www.dli.state.pa.us/hgac.
Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC offers an evening program resulting in an Associate's of Science Degree in American Sign Language Interpreting. For more information, visit our website at www.ccac.edu.
Mount Aloysius College: ASL/English Interpreting
The American Sign Language/English Interpreting Program is aimed at exploring the challenges and rewards of being able to communicate within two different cultures and languages. The college offers small classes, an active student-run club and the uniqueness of the major translates into a cadre of student who work closely with one another and develop strong supportive relationships.
Students graduate with a bachelor's degree in ASL/English Interpreting and are prepared to find challenging careers working as interpreters in educational, medical, business, religious, and a variety of other settings. For more information, visit our website at http://www.mtaloy.edu.
Domestic Violence & Victim Resources
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
Founded in 1975, PCAR advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims and works to end sexual violence. PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope and healing around issues of sexual violence to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit our website at www.pcar.org.
Hearing and Speech
Cochlear Americas helps people hear and be heard through a range of implantable hearing solutions that offer a lifetime of hearing outcomes. Contact Cochlear at 800-523-5798 or at www.cochlear.com
Center for Hearing & Balance
The Center for Hearing & Balance is a full service audiology clinic, open to the pubic, where education meets life. The Center is committed to providing excellent and complete hearing healthcare of our patent's hearing and balance issues. The Center provides comprehensive hearing assessments, balance testing, rehabilitation, counseling, and personalized hearing solutions provided by national and state licensed hearing healthcare professionals. Please visit our website at www.buhearing.com for additional information about our services or email the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn State Hershey Medical Center: Audiology Department
Penn State Hershey Medical Center Audiology Department provides comprehensive hearing services to all ages. We provide hearing evaluations-routine and specialized- as well as treatment for permanent hearing loss. Treatment may include hearing aid fittings, auditory implants (cochlear or bone-anchored), and/or hearing assistive technology. Additionally, evaluations of the balance system are performed through computerized video recording.
For more information about our services, visit our website at www.pennstatehershey.org, then search for "audiology."
Reading Hospital Speech and Hearing Center
Reading Health System includes a state-of-the-art medical center that provides acute care, post-acute rehabilitation and outpatient services. At the Speech and Hearing Center, highly trained audiologists provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment programs including hearing aids and cochlear implants for infants, children and adults. Speech-language pathologists provide diagnosis and therapy for children ages 2.5 years through 17 years. For more information about the center, visit our website at https://www.readinghealth.org/services/speech-hearing/.
Zounds Hearing Centers
Zounds is the fastest-growing hearing aid company in the nation. Because we manufacture out aids ourselves, we provide less expensive hearing aids that have up to 90 percent background noise cancellation and do not require the changing of batteries—they are rechargeable! Zounds mission is "helping the world hear better by helping people improve their hearing by providing a better hearing system at an exceptional value, in an accessible, customer friendly environment." For more information, visit our website at www.zoundshearing.com.
Interpreter Referral Agencies
ASL Services provides state-registered ASL interpreters and transliterators throughout Pennsylvania. For more information, visit our website at www.aslservices-pa.com.
Deaf-Hearing Communication Center, Inc. (DHCC)
Deaf-Hearing Communication Center, Inc. works to promote equal communication accessibility and cultural awareness to the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing populations by providing quality communication services, advocacy, and educational programs. For more information about our service, contact us at email@example.com or at www.dhcc.org.
Fair Interpreting, LLC
Established in 2009 to facilitate equality in communication through professionalism in interpretation, Fair Interpreting, LLC assists individuals and corporate clients in meeting requirements and obligations outlined under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) in regards to accessibility and equality in communication. For more information, visit us at www.fairinterpreting.com.
Interpretek's dedicated professionals are committed to providing superior American Sign Language interpreting services to clients anywhere in the nation. We utilize the latest innovations to expand communication options; Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) expands consumers' accessibility options. For more information, visit our website at www.interpretek.com.
UPMC Community Provider Services: Disabilities Resource Center
The Disabilities Resource Center works to ensure that health care is accessible to people with disabilities at UPMC. Our work focuses on four areas: education and training, facility accessibility, community engagement and policy. For more information about our services contact us at 412-605-1483 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.upmc.com.
Hearing Loss Association of America-PA Chapter (HLAA-PA)
HLAA-PA is the Pennsylvania state office of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation's foremost advocacy organization for people with hearing loss. We provide information, education, support, and advocacy for people with hearing loss. Our assistive listening device (ALD) kit will be on display and available for demonstrations during the expo. For more information, visit our website at www.hlaa-pa.org.
Hearing Loss association of America-Lycoming County Chapter
The Hearing Loss Association of America provides education, information, resources and support to individuals with hearing loss, families, communities, and the workplace. The Lycoming Chapter meets the second Thursday of each month in Williamsport. For more information, visit our website at www.hlaa-pa.org.
National cued Speech Association
The National Cued Speech Association supports effective communication, language development, and literacy between individuals, families, infants, and children alike through the use of Cued speech. For more information, email us at email@example.com or visit our website at www.cuedspeech.org.
Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PARID)
PARID is an affiliate chapter of the registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID) headquartered in Alexandria, VA. It is the mission and goal of PARID to provide state and local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the profession of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English. Contact PARID at www.parid.org.
Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf (PSAD)
PSAD's mission is to maximize the participation and productivity of its deaf and hard of hearing citizens within the larger society of Pennsylvania through education, advocacy, and services. For more information about PSAD, visit our website at www.psadweb.org.
West Shore Sertoma Club
Our organization specializes in reaching out to the hearing impaired. We offer four year scholarships to West Shore students who are majoring in hearing help. We also have a hearing van that gives free hearing tests throughout the Harrisburg area. We also give substantial funds to the United Methodist Home for Children and the Allison Hill Fund. We put on a baseball camp for kids who are hearing impaired in August and a Christmas party for New Hope Ministries. For more information, visit our website at www.westshoresertoma.org.
Pennsylvania Schools for Children Who Have Hearing Loss
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
Clarke provides children who are deaf and hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. For more information about our school, visit our website at www.clarkeshools.org.
DePaul School for Hearing & Speech
DePaul School for Hearing & Speech provides Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) education to children who are deaf or hard of hearing ages 18 months to 15 years. DePaul's mission is to teach each child to listen and speak without using sign language, enabling them to successfully transition to regular public education classrooms. For more information, call 412-924-1012 VTTY or visit www.depaulhearingandspeech.org.
Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf is an approved private school that serves students who are deaf or hard of hearing and have emotional or behavioral problems, including autism. For more information about our school, visit our website at www.pressleyridge.org.
Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
This is the newest school for deaf and hard of hearing children in the nation. We are committed to developing students for a lifetime of success. A program of the Western PA School for the Deaf (WPSD), we are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of our students and supporting our families through exceptional services. We are proud to offer the very best of academic, residential, and support services to our students at no cost to their families. For more information, visit our website at www.scrantonschool.org.
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD)
PSD is the third oldest school for deaf and hard of hearing students in the United States. PSD educates students to succeed by recognizing and developing individual strengths, building confidence, collaborating with families and communities in a nurturing dynamic and language-rich environment steeped in cultural awareness of deaf, hearing, and worldwide diversity. PSD offers cutting edge education integrating technology, best practices, and high expectations for all of our students from birth through the end of high school in preparation for further education, careers, and life. For more information, visit our website at www.psd.org.
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD)
WPSD is a non-profit, tuition-free school, provides academic and extracurricular programs to deaf and hard of hearing children from birth through twelfth grade. Founded in 1869, WPSD continues its tradition of excellence thought services to children from 54 counties across Pennsylvania. WPSD's barrier-free, all inclusive communication environment meets the needs of the individual student. American Sign Language, Sign Supported English and Spoken English are all incorporated to promote the academic, social, emotional and physical development of our students. For more information about SPSD, visit our website at www.wpsd.org.
Religious Organizations & Programs
Cornerstone Christian Church
York ASL Congregation
Supports for Families
Center for Childhood Communication, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Center for Childhood Communication (CCC) of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) commits to helping children reach their full potential by delivering integrated family-centered clinical care, innovative research and quality education in childhood communication for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.
Services include: Audiology, Cochlear Implant Program, Speech Language, and Family Wellness Program. Contact CCC at 800-551-5480, 215-590-6890 TTY, or videophone by appointment, or at http://www.chop.edu/service/center-for-childhood-communication.
Choices for Children Program (CFC)
Choices for Children, a program of the Western PA School for the Deaf (WPSD), has provided early intervention services to families of deaf and hard of hearing infants and toddlers for over 30 years. Our experienced, certified teachers are the cornerstone of this primarily home-based program, with regular visits scheduled to home or daycare settings. The CFC staff provides comprehensive and objective information, advocacy, and training in language, audition, and speech for infants and toddlers who have a hearing loss. CFC accommodates the needs of the family be developing a plan to help each child reach his or her greatest potential. For more information about CFC, visit our website at www.wpsd.org.
Hands & Voices of Pennsylvania
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 they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. For more information, visit our website at www.handsandvoicespa.org.
Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side of Pennsylvania
Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side of Pennsylvania (GBYS) is dedicated to supporting families and their infants and toddlers who are identified with hearing loss by offering them an opportunity to talk or meet face-to-face with a parent guide, a trained parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child, who can provide assistance using their personal experience and knowledge. For more information about GBYS, visit our website at http://www.handsandvoicespa.org/GBYS.
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania
Parent to Parent links families of children and adults with special needs on a one-to-one basis with another family for the purpose of support and information. Our services are free and confidential. For more information, visit our website at www.parenttoparent.org.
The PEAL Center
The PEAL Center is an organization of parents of children with special health care needs and disabilities reaching out to assist:
Families of children with disabilities or special health care needs
Professionals and others who assist children with disabilities or special health care needs
Children, youth, and young adults with disabilities or special health care needs age 0-26
Contact the PEAL Center at 866-950-1040 or at 412-281-4409 TTY or at www.pealcenter.org.
Telephone Relay Providers
Traditional Relay Services are for individuals interested in communicating with someone who is deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability. TTY relay is for individuals who prefer to use a TTY device to communicate with a hearing person. Relay operators or communication assistants interpret for the TTY user. Speech to Speech (STS) Relay allows consumers with speech loss to communicate over the phone. Trained relay operators familiar with various speech patterns and language recognition skills relay the conversations. For more information, visit our website at www.relayservices.att.com.
CaptionCall is a revolutionary telephone for anyone who has difficulty hearing on the phone. Similar to captioned television, CaptionCall communication assistants use voice recognition technology to quickly provide written captions of what callers say on a large, easy-to-read screen. Plus, CaptionCall offers exceptional sound quality with amplification and customizable audio settings to match an individual's unique hearing loss. To learn more about the CaptionCall phone and free red-carpet services, please visit www.captioncall.com or call 877-557-2227.
Pennsylvania Captioned Telephone Relay Service
Pennsylvania Captioned Telephone Relay Service allow you to listen while reading word-for-word captions of what's said to you over the bright display screen of a CapTel® phone. Captioned Telephone Service is available with or without internet access. Contact the captioned relay service representative at 610-209-3207 or at http://www.hamiltonrelay.com.
Purple Communications Inc.: Video Relay Service
Purple Video Relay Services provides deaf and hard of hearing individuals a means to communication over video desktop and mobile devices with hearing individual in real time using American sign Language 9ASL) interpreters. This service is free to our deaf and hard of hearing customers. For more information, visit our website at www.purple.us.
Sorenson Video Relay Service (SVRS)
Sorenson Communications® provides communication products and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Sorenson offers the ntouch® suite of products and is the leading provider of Video Relay Service (VRS). For more information, visit our website at www.sorenson.com.
ZVRS works to make a personal connection with our customers by operating and providing the premier worldwide video communication service for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals through utilization of video relay interpreting services, leading-edge technology, and a firm commitment to improving the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing consumers who use sign language and/or speech reading. For more information, visit our website at www.zvrs.com.