Presentation on theme: "Sorry, You’re Deaf. You Can’t Work Here."— Presentation transcript:
1 Sorry, You’re Deaf. You Can’t Work Here. Melissa BellDARS Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing ServicesTRAN19th Annual ConferencePresentation created with Prezi atTranscribed to Power Point for accessibility.
3 What kind of work can people who are Deaf and hard of hearing do? YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FIG_vK1ypwA large variety of employment was represented, from lower-level to higher-level careers:Dentist, professor, business owner, attorney, fireman, university president, politician, sky diver, professional actress, dental assistant, construction worker, doctor.
4 Our constant task is to… EDUCATEConsumers that they have abilitiesProfessionals to help break down barriersSociety to understand that “Deaf people can do anything except hear.”– I. King Jordan
5 What are the fields a Deaf or hard of hearing individual could not enter? There are very few positions that require a certain level of hearing and would automatically exclude an individual with hearing loss:PoliceCommercial airline pilotInterstate truck driver (Nat’l Association of the Deaf has sought waivers)Others?
6 Employing and Accommodating ADA Title IProtection from job discrimination on the basis of disabilityRehabilitation Act, Sections 501 & 503Federal employees (501)Federal contractors (503)Essential functionsIf a person has a disability, can he or she perform the essential functions of a job with or without accommodations?
7 Employing and Accommodating, cont. Direct threatDirect threat to health or safety of the employee or others:Significant risk of substantial harmBased on objective, factual evidenceMust consider reasonable accommodationsUndue hardshipSignificant difficulty or expense. Employee must be given the choice of providing the accommodation or paying for the portion of the accommodation that causes the undue hardshipReasonable accommodationsFor the job application processTo perform essential functions of a jobTo enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those without disabilities
8 DHHS resource specialists can assist! Deafness RSs can assist with the compliance issues just discussed.Hearing Loss RSs can assist with identifying reasonable accommodations.See handout for other ways RSs can provide support to the DARS VR program.
9 Creative Accommodations Overcoming Barriers Dr. Tom McDavitt, like most deaf veterinarians, has learned to auscultate with his hands instead of through a stethoscope.https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/091115e.aspx“Big Spring resident nurse follows her dream despite hearing impairment” - Alyssa Myers, RNGary Behm, Director of the Center on Access Technology’s Innovation Lab at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) developed clear surgical masks for use in clean rooms and hospitalshttps://www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49922
10 Creative Accommodations Overcoming Barriers, cont. Using remote CART in medical school operating roomhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwDvgFrbY5wDeaf restaurant ownerOther successes in overcoming barriers…
11 Addressing Concerns Consumers Employers Society “I can’t.” “What about liability?”Society“I never knew they could do that.”
12 ReferencesThe ADA: Your Employment Rights as an Individual With a Disability
13 Outreach Development Specialist DARS DHHS Melissa BellOutreach Development SpecialistDARS DHHS(v)(vp)For more information or assistance, please call DARS Inquiries at
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