People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing can take advantage of services designed specifically for them.


  • Advocacy
  • Information and referral services
  • Various ways Deaf and Hard of Hearing can use the telephone
  • Workshops/Seminars
  • Information on assistive technology and demonstrations of listening and alerting devices
  • Americans with Disabilities Act training
  • Community presentations on people who are Deaf and Hearing Loss services
  • Referral resources for assistive technology
  • Certificate of Deafness for Tuition Waivers
  • Specialized Telecommunications


The Resource Specialist Programs are funded by DARS/Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) change to funded by …HHSC/Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS).


Deafness Resource Specialist


An outreach program that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, deaf-blind and their service providers. This program offers specialized services in every county listed in this brochure. We team with DARS/VR counselors, specialists and other State agency staff to ensure quality services, such as assisting consumers in accessing services from state and local government agencies, service organizations, and private entities; advocating with providers to make their services accessible and readily available to the population; providing referral services and training geared toward consumers acquiring a better understanding of the laws which support and protect them.


Hearing Loss Resource Specialist


This program is designed to meet the needs of people who are Hard of Hearing, Late-deafened and Deaf. Hearing Loss Resource Specialists work closely with DARS (TWC) Vocational Rehab counselors assisting people in the workplace and education settings to provide individual assessment of their workplace or classroom, identifying technology and resources that best meet the needs of the individual and their situation. Our Specialist is available to provide one-on-one visits in the office or he can do home or workplace. (Our Specialist also works with those who are in school or are retired to give them consumer tips on hearing aids and cochlear implants, communication tips, resources for financial assistance if needed, information about other technology for the home or school. He is also available to provide presentations and training to employers, schools or community groups on understanding hearing loss; coping skills and communication strategies; assistive technology; sensitivity training and information on community resources including the Texas Tuition Waiver Law.


“Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our everyday lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends take for granted.”

Katherine Ballard

Deafness Resource Specialist
Disability In Action
317 North Willis Street, Abilene, Texas 79603
VP: (325) 400 -5782
Voice/TTY: (325) 672 -5460
FAX: (325) 672 -2903





Jim Wise

Hearing Loss Resource Specialist
Oil and Gas Building
813 8th Street, Ste. 550 H
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Office: (940) 264 -4002
Cell: (940) 500 -7269