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You can get information and general assistance for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Get information about resources for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

Deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, speech-disabled, or late-deafened people who use text telephones (TTYs) or voice carry-over (VCO) phones can dial 711 to reach a free relay service, where specially trained operators will relay a conversation between a TTY/VCO user and a standard telephone user.

Text-to-911 is a reliable and safe way to reach emergency services in New York City.

It is beneficial to people who are:

  • Deaf
  • Hearing impaired
  • Speech impaired
  • Not able to safely call 911

You should:

  • Only text 911, if you can't call 911
  • Never text and drive


Text-to-911 is free and works through short message service (SMS) with cellular carriers but requires a text or data plan.

Text-to-911 is also only available in English and Spanish in the five boroughs.

How to Text

To use Text-to-911 as efficiently as possible you should: 

  • Enter 911 in the “to” field without spaces or hyphens
  • Let the operator know if you are deaf
  • Text the reason for your emergency
  • Text your full address with borough and cross streets if available
  • Use complete words and sentences, not abbreviations
  • Not text 911 in a group chat or send photos, videos, GIFs, or emojis
  • Answer all of the operator’s questions. The operator will end the chat when appropriate.