Data is Power. However, Attitude Wins Every Time.

Data has a tremendous value in that it shares Deaf people’s lived realities — realities that CSD is working to change. With that said, there are some things that cannot be quantified: attitude.

Our Statistics

Take a look at the numbers below. Imagine how changes in perceptions and attitude about Deaf people could drastically change the data.

    • 1 Million Deaf people who use American Sign Language as their primary language.1

    • 30 Million Americans hear at 40 decibels (dB) or higher. “Normal” hearing ranges from 0 to 20 dB.2

    • 70 Million Deaf people around the world use sign language.4

    • 300 distinct sign languages exist in the world.1


    • 98% of Deaf people this world do not receive education in sign language.1

    • 72% of families do not sign with their Deaf children.12

    • 70% of Deaf people don’t work or are underemployed.3

    • 1 in 4 Deaf people have quit a job due to discrimination.14

    • 1 in 4 Deaf women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, compared to 1 in 10 hearing women.13

So let’s talk about the 70% underemployment and unemployment rate among Deaf people.

  • Underemployment is defined as “someone who is involuntarily working part-time or is overqualified for their current position.”1

  • More than 50% of Deaf Americans do not work.2

  • Within the 21-64 age bracket, 62.5% of Deaf people are without full-time/year-round employment.2

  • Of people with hearing loss, 9.6% are actively looking for work, but not actively working.3

  • In 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 17.9% of persons with disabilities were employed. 4

Let’s work together to change attitudes and perceptions to change these realities.