Named after the 19th century “Deaf Utopia” island in Massachusetts, the Martha’s Vineyard Place is an affordable housing accessible to the Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf-blind. The innovated apartments do more than integrating the Deaf and hard of hearing individuals; it allows both preservation of their heritage and elimination of barriers.
Because Deaf senior citizens are as important, the program ensures and encourages the growth of the growing and active Deaf adult population through interactive activities, trips, and special events. Conveniently, transportation (requested in advance) is provided for the Deaf seniors. The program also offers on-site information and referral services.
Deaf and hard of hearing individuals face barriers daily due to lack of services and effective communication that require education and support. That’s where our Deafness Resource Specialists come in to provide advocacy, self-empowerment, and sensitivity training as well as education on Federal and State mandates on equal access to services including educational and employment settings.
Deaf-run interpreting department that provides only certified, qualified sign language interpreters in a wide range of settings. Services also include Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and CART. The department is dedicated to delivering equal communication access for the Deaf and hard of hearing community and helping fulfill the mission of DAC.
Hearing loss can be an isolating experience especially for hard of hearing or late-deafened individuals. Our Hearing Loss Resource Specialists are here to provide individualized case management to provide exactly what you need, be it: technology assistance, education and/or coping strategies to those living with hearing loss of any degree. Clients can visit our technology center to personally browse and test various assistive devices to determine the most effective device for their workplace or social needs. Our specialists in Fort Worth and Dallas connects these individuals to available resources and to DARS VR offices.
The state’s Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) is a voucher program that provides financial assistance with acquiring specialized assistive phone technology. It is available to Texas residents who experience certifiable difficulties or barriers accessing the telephone infrastructure. DAC’s STAP Outreach Specialists in Fort Worth and Dallas are available to assist you with the application process both in and out of the office.