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The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Program offers a range of services to Deaf, late-deafened, and Hard of Hearing Adults in Greater Boston and in the South Shore, North Shore, Upper Cape Cod,and the Western regions of Massachusetts. To make Independent Living a reality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, we offer Advocacy, Skills Training, Peer Counseling, and Information and Referrals.


  • Applying for benefits (SSI, Food Stamps, Medicaid, WIC)
  • Finding affordable housing
  • Obtaining legal help
  • Having your landlord install safety equipment in your home
  • Finding appropriate medical care and social services

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Skills Training

  • American Sign Language
  • Communication coping strategies
  • Survival English and Math skills
  • Using a bank, a checking account, and a savings account
  • Budgeting
  • Obtaining and using equipment such as TTYs, Decoders, and Listening Systems
  • Transportation skills, using the MBTA
  • Using a sign language interpreter
  • Filling out applications

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Peer Counseling

  • Opportunities to talk with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing person and share life experiences
  • Opportunities to share thoughts and ideas regarding communication issues

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Information and Referral

  • Puts people in touch with specific services and benefits related to their needs
  • Offers technical assistance and training for other providers (including medical professionals) who want to be more accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people

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To request more information about the DHILS Program, please contact Christopher Casey at 617-254-4041 TTY/Voice, or fill out our online form.






Independent Living Program

Assistive Technology

Evaluations and Job Support

Multicultural Resources

Project HOPE

Family Resource/Shared Reading

Interpreter Mentorship


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