People all over the United States, 1 in 10 of those people have some type of hearing loss. In that group of people with hearing loss there are people who have very different degrees of hearing loss. They may use different words to identify themselves based on the severity of their loss, and their cultural affiliation and language. There are some people that describes themselves as deaf, other people describe themselves as culturally Deaf. Still other people use the term hard-of-hearing to identify themselves. People who are Hard-of-hearing may use American Sign Language to communicate, but many hard of hearing people do not use sign. Still other people are deaf plus blind – they are called Deaf-blind. So there is a lot of variety in those groups in regard to their identify, the accommodations that they need in the health care setting and in their language choice.
The thing that these groups of people have in common is that they want equal access to different services. They may need services such as therapy or counseling or services such as physical therapy.
If you can learn sign language or if you are familiar with assistive devices and audiology or If you’re considering a career in a different and rewarding field please consider working with people who deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing as a career choice. There are job opportunities if you want to work with children in schools and in counseling fields. Maybe you don’t want to work with children; you want to work with adults. There are many related job opportunities for you too if you are interested. Maybe you have taken some classes in therapy or in education and you’ve been involved with physical therapy classes of different types, and you’ve recently started taking sign language classes and you’ve been exposed to Deaf Culture and you’re realizing now that deaf people have a variety of needs and that perhaps the major that you’re studying could be in alignment with what the Deaf Community could use. You can always use your sign language skills or knowledge about audiology in many different service related fields.
People with hearing loss and others in The Deaf Community want to become more involved themselves in different types of services and professions. Deaf people put their children in daycare, hard-of-hearing people have their children in daycare, and they want their children (deaf or hearing) to interact with other children. So no matter what career you chose to pursue, knowledge in sign language and audiology will serve you well!!!
The Deaf Community is very interested in improving their quality of life. They want interesting careers for themselves as well!! So for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or deaf-blind, there is a variety of jobs that you can look into. Careers related to counseling or working in a daycare center, or working in a classroom, or becoming a rehabilitation counselor are rewarding fields to consider.
You could become a play therapist who would be able to sign. You could consider becoming a social worker or therapist who could sign. There are a variety of fabulous jobs available these days and there are not enough social workers or therapists right now in the country who are skilled in the area of working with Deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing people.
The University of Pittsburgh offers many of the classes that we just discussed. Other colleges in the area have related classes as well. Maybe it’s time for you to think about your major combined with an interest that you have in sign language and Deaf Culture or audiology and think about how your two interests can complement each other for a unique career niche for yourself.
CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST TRAINING FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DEAF AND AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE USERS Description: The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is recruiting qualified individuals who are deaf, use ASL, are seeking employment and want to take Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) training to learn how to […]
If you or someone you know is Deaf of Hard-of-Hearing and would like to practice English reading and writing in a bilingual ASL/ESL classroom environment: there is a new community education class just for you at CCAC! The class is called English as a Second Language (ESL) for Students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, and […]
If you can learn sign language or if you are familiar with assistive devices or audiology you may want to consider becoming a counselor to work with people who Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing as a career choice. Various programs exist to pursue such interests at the University of Pittsburgh.
This video will focus on the skills you need to have a successful job interview. In addition we will discuss why people do not get hired so you can avoid these common mistakes. [flv:1255.flv screen/1255.jpg 480 360] Credit with permission to use the video: Livingston County Michigan Works Career Alliance of Genesee County Deaf Employment […]
Are you interested in working with people who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing? Perhaps you would like to become a social worker, a therapist, a job coach or an aid? There is a great need for empathetic therapists and counselors who are Deaf, Hard of hearing or DeafBlind and for hearing people who […]
This video will focus on the skills you need to have a successful interview. In addition we will discuss why people do not get hired so you can avoid these common mistakes. Credit with permission to use the video: Livingston County Michigan Works Career Alliance of Genesee County Deaf Employment & Business Solutions, LLC […]
DeafBlind Services for Western Pennsylvanians and other national resources – Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS) is a nonprofit agency that provides services for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or who have other disabilities. Learn more about resources for Indiviudals who are DeafBlind in the attached video.
Have you ever wondered when and how to inform an Employer that an ASL interpreter is needed for an interview? This video explains when, how, and why you should arrange your accommodation needs before the interview. Credit with permission to use the video: Livingston County Michigan Works Career Alliance of Genesee County Deaf Employment & […]
An excellent video for persons who are Deaf, Hard of hearing and DeafBlind about accommodations and rights in the workplace. A collaborative effort borrowed upon permission from: 1) Livingston County Michigan Works 2) Career Alliance of Genesee County 3) Deaf Employment & Business Solutions, LLC (DEBS).
by Josh Jones, Bank of New York Mellon IT Diversity Council Original article published on BNY Mellon intranet website, October 29, 2008 When I was young, I was growing up differently, but I didn’t realize just how “different” I was. In appearance, I looked “normal” and acted normally, but the difference was that I was […]