Two local organizations will be partnering to expand the services available to the deaf and hard of hearing in Chattanooga.

Clarity, a local division of Plantronics that designs solutions for those with hearing loss, will be giving the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults several of its devices, such as amplified telephones and headsets.

PFCA will also be teaching free American Sign Language classes.The classes and equipment will help those with hearing loss better communicate with those around them.


“For more than 40 years, Clarity has worked to develop devices that dramatically improve the quality of life for their customers and their customers’ loved ones,” Pam Smith, director of deaf and hard of hearing services at Partnership FCA, said in a prepared statement. “This collaboration will allow us to offer a broader range of expertise and resources to our clients and ensure that they are able to communicate with their loved ones and their community with ease.”

For more information about Clarity, clickhere.

For more information about the Partnership for Families,Childrenand Adults, clickhere.

Updated @ 10:24 a.m.on 11/7/16 to correct a factual error: Amplified telephones are being provided, not amplified televisions, as originally reported.
Updated @ 11:41 a.m. on 11/7/16 to correct a factual error: The PFCA will teach the ASL classes, not Clarity, as originally reported.