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How is New Jersey supporting deaf and hard of hearing individuals during COVID-19? Where can I find COVID-19 communication cards?

Last Updated: 07/27/2020

Mental Health Support Line

A free emotional support helpline was created to help deaf and hard of hearing New Jerseyans feeling the strain from the public health crisis.

New Jerseyans can call the videophone helpline at 973-870-0677 for free, confidential support. Direct communication in sign language is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by live trained specialists.

This videophone helpline is in addition to NJ Human Services' mental health support line, which deaf and hard of hearing individuals can call at 1-877-294-4356 TTY.

ASL Translation

Governor Murphy's daily COVID-19 press briefings are broadcast live with ASL translation and can be viewed here.

Additional Resources

The Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing has created a communications card in English and in Spanish for deaf and hard of hearing individuals who need to communicate about COVID-19.

The Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing has also created other resources including access tips on getting treatment for COVID-19, a guide to applying for unemployment insurance in ASL, and regular ASL video updates from the Director of the New Jersey Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For updated resources, visit the Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing's COVID-19 information page

Source: https://nj.gov/humanservices/ddhh/coronavirus.shtml; https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/news/pressreleases/2020/approved/20200429.html