No one answered the phone at the commission's office Thursday afternoon, and Sanders did not return a message seeking comment.
Others at the forum described going to hospitals where they couldn't get interpreters.
They said they face discrimination at work and at other places.
"Often times, people think that deaf people just want to stay on SSI [Social Security Income]," said Eric Pierson of Huntington. "Deaf people want to find jobs, but many of them can't find jobs."
Carrie Guzman, who owns Tri-State Interpreter Referral Service, said it's been hard to work with the state.
"I have seen the differences between providing services in Kentucky and providing services in the state of West Virginia," she said, "and there is a drastic difference."
The commission plans to review all comments from the forum, which was requested by the Deaf Caucus, said board member Marsha Dadisman, who also is a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
"It's good information," she said after the meeting. "There are real issues in the deaf community."
The board will discuss the comments at its next meeting, scheduled for May in Romney, Chairman Doug Godfrey said.
Ariel Depp's father, Paul, said there are "quite a few loopholes in our system," but urged people to realize that it will take time to improve the situation.
"It's obvious that we all are going to have to work together," he told the audience. "It's going to take more time to have meetings like this so that all of us can have the opportunity to voice the issues that we're having."
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