Deaf & Hard of Hearing Programs

Device Equipment Services: Free doorbell flashers, wake up alarm flashers or vibrations, Baby Crying Signalers; and Smoke Alert Flashers

Case Management Services:  Social Security, Immigration, Food Stamps, Medicaid, HART, HUD/Section 8 Housing, health insurance enrollment, mail reading, and other services

Sign Language Interpreter Services

Advocacy Services: Has a doctor, hospital, lawyer or court ever denied you an interpreter?  We can assist you by advocating and filing the complaint.

Americans with Disabilities Act / Know Your Rights When You Are Using  Interpreter Workshop: This workshop will be held once a year for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers.

STEP: Self-Reliance Training and Education Program addressing issues of concern including transportation, housing, ADA, income, jobs, and other issue areas identified by Deaf  and Hard of Hearing

Basic Computer Training

Driver Education Training

USA Citizenship  Training


FTRI offers a variety of amplified telephones to meet the need of persons with a mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss. These amplified telephones are available at Self-Reliance.   (FTRI) is a statewide non profit 501(c)3 organization that administers the Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for citizens of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and Speech Disabled. FTRI is also responsible for the education and promotion of the Florida Relay Service.

To qualify for a FREE special phone, you must be:

1. A permanent Florida resident

2. At least 3 years old

3. Certified as having a hearing loss or speech impairment


Call us for applications or appointments at 813-375-3965


Resources for Advocacy and Youth Services

RAYS is a training program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing young adults transitioning from school or college into the community.  The program covers the areas of employment, education, the Americans with Disabilities Act, self-advocacy, budgeting, and well-being.