I recently had the opportunity to attend a Gallaudet University, institution of learning, teaching and research for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and alumni workshop where they were discussing accommodations and tips on how organizations can ensure they’re being inclusive to these potential employees.
The event attracted many employers including Trader Joe’s, Apple, PwC and the US Department of Energy as well as alumni including Arthur Everette II, Kara Gulvas and Angela Marie Vasquez.
After graduating from Gallaudet University, Arthur joined the Defense Logistics Agency as a contract Specialist in early 2012, Kara currently works as a Human Resources Specialist with the Department of Justice, Criminal Division and Angela is works for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services as a Mission Support Specialist in Washington DC.
Tips for accommodations in the workplace for employees who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
There were many tips shared with employers during the alumni panel. Here are some best practices for employers for accommodating individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in the workplace:
A key takeaway for attendees was that in addition to employers receiving tax credits for provisions and accommodations, hiring these individuals can increase retention and boost morale.
The workshop was extremely informative and I appreciate the alumni for sharing their experiences and the simple, inexpensive tips and accommodations that were rich in value. I encourage any company interested in attending the next workshop to reach out to Gallaudet’s Career Center. I look forward to continuing to partner with Gallaudet to educate employers and dispel some of the myths around hiring individuals in the deaf community and providing accommodations.
For more information on accommodations: