- Strategies for People who are Hard of Hearing
- Strategies for People who are Deaf
- Tips for Businesses with Employees who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Help with Finding a Job or Obtaining Accommodations
- Social Security Employment Incentives
- Employment Opportunities & Job Search Links
Job hunting can be a challenging process. For a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, additional challenges may be encountered. You may have heard that impressions are made in the first 3 minutes of the interview. If there is difficulty with communication during those critical moments, the interviewee has to be especially impressive during the remaining interview. Once a person is hired, communication barriers may impact the process of learning the job, integrating into the workplace culture, and participating in work teams. Even so, people who are deaf or hard of hearing are very capable workers, many holding professional and leadership positions.
The flip side of the employment picture is working with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, either as a co–worker, supervisor, client, or even as your boss. How can you do your part in creating an inclusive work environment?
Whether you are deaf, hard of hearing, or work with someone who is, we have some information to assist you below. Also, visit our Civil Rights page for an introduction to laws related to employment.
It is inspiring to learn of the many deaf and hard of hearing people who are wildly successful in their professions, many as entrepreneurs. Gallaudet University has launched a website to showcase this world of opportunity:
Brenda Battat, the former deputy director of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, has written a series of articles on employment that specifically consider the communication challenges of people who are hard of hearing. Many of her tips and strategies are equally effective for people who are Deaf or late deafened. The articles were originally published in Hearing Loss: the Journal of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH).
To read these articles you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or higher. This software can be obtained for free at the Adobe Web site:
This is a new section of the On–Line Library of Hearingloss.org, the Self Help for Hard of Hearing People web site.
HLWork is an email list on Yahoo Groups that focuses on work issues related to hearing loss. To join, send an empty email to HLWorkfirstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Employment at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) contains a wealth of information for job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The Center for Employment includes a section specifically for employers and businesses that hire deaf and hard of hearing workers.
Michigan Department of Career Development–Rehabilitation Services offers information and services to employers.
For tips about the job search and your rights under ADA see the Job Accommodation Network.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services provides services to people with disabilities who need assistance with obtaining or maintaining employment. Services include assistance with determining and purchasing on the job accommodations.
People with a severe to profound hearing loss (and/or other disabilities) may receive either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These programs are administered by the Social Security Administration to assist people with disabilities who are not employed. Both SSDI and SSI have incentive programs for people who wish to and are able to work. The programs have a variety of features that may be confusing at first. The following information may be helpful in sorting out options.
Social Security Online: Work Incentives:
Social Security Work Incentives Planning and Assistance:
Employment Announcements on E–Michigan
(Click on Archive link for any previous job openings)
Deafbase.com has Employment Classifieds. Employers may post jobs, and job seekers can browse the extensive data base of opportunities.
Michigan Career Portal
This web site is sponsored by the State of Michigan. It is a bridge to state and national employment, career, education, training, and business resources and services.