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☷ Gloucester County New Jersey - Gloucester County Receives Grant for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals
Gloucester County , state New Jersey ( By Press Release office)
Gloucester County Receives Grant for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals
( WOODBURY , NJ ) —Gloucester County’s Division of Human and Special Services has received a $75 , 000 grant from the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to improve communication and language access to county services for deaf and hard of hearing residents .
Gloucester County will use the grant to enhance communication access in virtual platforms to include sign language interpreting and captioning for intake to programs in the county . The county will also install hearing loops in county offices such as the Surrogate’s office and Clerk’s office . This grant will also benefit the B’nai Tikvah Beth Israel ( CBTBI ) Congregation in Sewell , NJ . The congregation has over 200 members with many elderly and hard of hearing individuals .
“It’s important for our residents to have equal access to all of our services . We know that committing to all residents means meeting the needs of all of our residents . This grant will continue to help us do just that , ” said Director Frank J . DiMarco .
According to the most current census , Gloucester County has over 66 , 000 residents over the age of 60 ( 22% ) . The county has over 9 , 000 ( 4% ) veterans and almost 10 , 000 residents with hearing loss .
Gloucester County Division of Human & Special Services will coordinate the purchase and installation of hearing induction loops for the Ceremonial Room of the County Courthouse , under the counter units for the Surrogate and County Clerk’s Offices , portable countertop unit for one - to - one conversations for the County Store , and public videophone system for the Surrogate’s Office . Gloucester County Division of Human & Special Services will work closely with CBTBI to coordinate the purchase and installation of the hearing induction loops in their sanctuary .
“These pieces of equipment will provide more accessibility to county residents that have hearing loss in a less stigmatizing environment , ” said Commissioner Jim Jefferson , liaison to the Division of Human and Special Services . “This equipment will make a lasting impact on our county and allow us to remove any communication barriers that prevents us from assisting our deaf and hard of hearing Gloucester County residents . ”
Gloucester County is on track to have the equipment installed and staff fully trained by mid - June .
To learn more about the Gloucester County Division of Human and Special Services and the programs it offers , please visit our website at
https://www . gloucestercountynj . gov/163/Human - Special - Services
or call ( 856 ) 384 - 6842 .
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