If You Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
We currently provide several reasonable accommodation options to ensure that we communicate effectively with you, including:
- a certified and qualified sign language interpreter;
- handwritten notes;
- lip-reading or speech reading; and
- telephone devices for the deaf (TDD or TTY).
You may use your own interpreter, such as a family member, friend, or other third party. However, we will only pay for an interpreter that we hire. Generally, we cannot permit a child younger than age 18 to serve as an interpreter due to the sensitive nature and complexity of Social Security matters.