A resource for the deaf community

The “deaf community” is large. The community includes all those who touch the lives of people who are deaf and hard of hearing, including children, family, friends, employers, caregivers, co-workers, interpreters and service providers. Our goal at IMPACT CIL is to increase communication, awareness and education between all of these people so that we can all work together more effectively. These services are an essential part of our charitable mission: advocacy, information and referral, peer support and counseling, and independent living skills training.

IMPACT CIL Deaf Services serves consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deaf, deafblind and speech impaired. No matter how they communicate, our services can help you achieve equal access, effective communication and a better quality of life. All individuals, their families, the agencies and organizations that serve them and individuals can request our services. Services are free, with the exception of sign language courses. The services include at least:

• Self-representation

• Law and advocacy

• Independent living skills

• Support groups

• Peer counseling

• Information and referral

• Training / workshops for the deaf and hard of hearing

• Assistive technology programs


• Sign language courses

• Sensitization

• Community support

• Community news

For more information, please call 618-208-1146 or email [email protected] for more information

If you know of anyone who could use an amplified phone to hear better over the phone, IMPACT CIL has a program to help you. You can obtain a free amplified telephone and / or cell phone amplifier or other available telephone equipment from the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC).

Qualifications are easy:

• Illinois resident with hearing loss

• Active home or cell service

• Cannot use the standard telephone system

* Bring your home and / or cell phone bill and any ID with you when you enter!

Call IMPACT CIL to make an appointment at 618-462-1411.

Cathy Contarino, Executive Director of IMPACT CIL., Can be reached at 618-474-5314 or [email protected]

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