Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services provides quality services and programs to consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened or deaf-blind. These services are provided by professionals who are trained in the unique communication issues, technology, and culture of this population.

Any deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, or deaf-blind individual who has a substantial barrier to employment and needs assistance in preparing for a job, getting a job, and/or keeping a job is eligible for services.


  • vocational counseling and guidance
  • vocational evaluation to determine skills, abilities, and potential to work
  • vocational training
  • purchase of hearing aids and other appropriate communications devices
  • interpreter services for the purpose of obtaining and maintaining employment
  • job placement assistance
  • rehabilitation technology services

Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf (RCDs)

Rehabilitation counselors for the deaf and hard of hearing (RCDs) provide a wide range of vocational rehabilitation services to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or late deafened. The RCDs are qualified as being proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) to ensure direct communication access with consumers who use ASL as their primary mode of communication. Some specialized services provided by RCDs include:

  • deaf culture and awareness
  • communication techniques
  • assistive listening devices and other rehabilitation technology
  • interpreter services
  • referrals and assistance to obtain services from specialized agencies
  • specialized vocational and other training services
  • audiological and hearing aid assessments
  • ADA requirements for communication accessibility
  • resources for deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened individuals

Rehabilitation Audiology

ADRS employs a staff audiologist to assist counselors in the employment of people with hearing loss.  Staff audiologists help consumers refine their auditory skills through the use of hearing and other assistive technology. In addition, they enable consumers to develop individualized strategies for enhancing their overall communication.