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Deaf & Hard of Hearing Support Group Open House

Burlington County College’s (BCC) Career Success Solutions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing will host an open house at BCC’s Briggs Road Center on Tuesday, March 12 to kick-off free monthly support group meetings for individuals in Burlington and Camden Counties who have some degree of hearing loss and are currently working, job-seeking, volunteering or students. Career Success Solutions (CSS) provides comprehensive employment services to individuals with hearing loss in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties.

At the open house, individuals with hearing loss and their guests will meet with local organizations and agencies that specialize in assisting those with hearing loss. Information on available support systems and coping strategies will also be shared through monthly meetings. Support group meetings will address how to overcome challenges such as understanding someone while talking on the phone, following a conversation when several people are talking, hearing alarms, and networking in a noisy environment.

Captioning will be provided courtesy of the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Assistive listening and sign language interpreting will be provided by CSS.

The open house will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 110 at BCC’s Briggs Road Center, which is located on the Mount Laurel campus at 1000 Briggs Rd, Suite 120. The yearly calendar of monthly support group meetings will be disseminated to attendees. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Patricia McHugh at CSSDHH@bcc.edu or (609) 534-2611 (VP) or Vicki Joy Sullivan at VSulliva@bcc.edu or (609) 536-4147.

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Career Success Solutions (CSS) is the Southern Regional Vocational Rehabilitation Program funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The purpose of the centers is to provide the services necessary to enable eligible New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services clients who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, or who have cochlear implants to prepare for, obtain, and retain employment. The centers offer vocational evaluations, job search support and advice on Assistive Listening Devices.