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NJ Grants for Enhancing Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities

Human Services announces a $600,000 initiative to support inclusive communication across the state.

New Jersey is stepping up its efforts to foster inclusive communities for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind residents. Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced that New Jersey counties are now eligible to apply for grants aimed at improving communication and language access. This initiative, backed by a $600,000 fund through the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, marks a significant stride towards inclusivity.

Commissioner Adelman emphasized the importance of these grants in making everyday activities more accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. She encouraged counties to explore their eligibility and submit creative proposals. With a maximum award of $70,000 available to each county, the potential for impactful projects is substantial.

Elizabeth Hill, Executive Director of the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, highlighted the broader social benefits of such initiatives, including enhanced equality, social connections, and the breaking down of societal barriers.

The grants can be utilized for a variety of projects, such as:

During the first round of funding, noteworthy projects included the installation of hearing loops and videophones in Salem County Correctional Facility and initiatives to assist hearing-impaired veterans in Hunterdon County.

Counties are advised to identify specific areas where these funds could enhance accessibility, such as libraries, community centers, theaters, airports, health-focused organizations, jails, government agencies, and courthouses.

Priority will be given to projects that are innovative and promise long-term benefits. Counties assuming responsibility for the coordination and distribution of the funds should submit applications detailing their budget, project description, and implementation timeline. It’s important to note that only counties that did not receive funding in the first round are eligible to apply.

For more information and eligibility requirements please visit here. Completed applications must be sent to no later than 5 p.m. on February 23.

This grant program is a significant opportunity for New Jersey counties to develop more inclusive environments for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind residents, promoting equality and accessibility across various public and community spaces.

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