NJ offers grants to improve accessibility for deaf, hearing impaired

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NJ offers $600K to make public spaces more accessible for hearing loss. See who’s eligible

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Gene Myers
NorthJersey.com

New Jersey’s Department of Human Services announced $600,000 in grants Thursday for counties that come up with new ways to be more accessible to New Jerseyans with hearing loss.  

This initiative, targeting the eight counties that did not receive funds in a previous round, aims to enhance public spaces with assistive hearing devices, captioning and American Sign Language interpreters, following 2022’s allocation of $944,000 to 13 counties.

“Improving communication access for deaf and hard of hearing New Jerseyans allows our friends, neighbors and family members to better participate in activities that so many of us take for granted,”  Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman said in a statement. “We encourage counties to check their eligibility and apply for these grants and look forward to receiving creative and innovative letters of interest.”  

Eight counties can get funding

Counties eligible for the latest round of funding include: Atlantic, Bergen, Camden, Cape May, Mercer, Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren.

Officials encouraged applicants to consider accommodations that would make settings like libraries, community centers, independent living centers, theaters, airports, health-focused non-profits, jails, and local and county [...]

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