AIM has a long relationship with the deaf culture and through its 30-year history has provided services and programming in education; advocacy; rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act; information about, and temporary provision of, assistive technology; self-advocacy; and information and referral.
AIM offers to the deaf and to other interested parties: individual advocacy; trainings to empower the deaf in self-advocacy; presentations for assistive technology, interacting with deaf culture, educating youth on deaf culture, deaf support groups and deaf club. Please contact AIM at 1.888.962.8244 and ask for an advocate.
Several years ago, through meetings with the Deaf of Chemung County, AIM learned that the three greatest concerns of the deaf were 1.) having hospitals provide an interpreter for the deaf when the deaf are taken to, or admitted to, a hospital; 2.) interacting with law enforcement during traffic infractions; arrests; and in cases of domestic violence, especially where hearing children are used by law enforcement during a domestic violence call to the home; and 3.) the school system not interacting with deaf parents by TTY in cases of emergency or to relay information that is being relayed to hearing parents.
Please, cut out and use this deaf card:
Click Here To Download Deaf Card!
During the filming of the law enforcement series, AIM constructed a DEAF CARD that can be placed in the visor of the deaf person's car, and taken down and shown to law enforcement during a traffic pullover - just as is shown in the DVD. For purposes of making sure the deaf have this card, please
Can AIM Deaf Services find me a job?
No. You will be referred to ACCESS VR
Can AIM fix my video phone?
No. You need to contact the company who owns the video phone.
Sometimes I don't the understand letters I get
in the mail. Can AIM help me explain what it means in the letter.
Yes. Contact us for an appointment.
Will AIM staff show up for me
in court or at a school CSE meeting or any other meeting?
Yes. AIM staff will come with you as your advocate, but you must make an appointment with AIM to discuss what you need as soon as you know you will have a court date or CSE meeting. Do not wait to call AIM - call right away so you are sure AIM can give you someone to work with and has plenty of time to help you get your information in order. In addition, during these meetings, you, as an adult or as a parent, still have the power to make decisions and the final say in what it is that you want. AIM acts as a support to you during this time.
Can AIM help pay my rent or bills?
No. We do not give out money.
Will AIM loan me deaf equipment?
Please call TRAID at 1.888.962.8244 ext.225
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