Let Us Work

Deaf people are barred from being Airline Pilots TSA Officers Truck drivers in the Military Lifeguards* Firefighters* Railroad Engineers FBI Special Agents IRS Investigators in the Coast Guard Law Enforcement* NPS Rangers NASA Aviators (flight) Correctional Employees some Doctors Fish and Wildlife Agents

Wanted: Deaf Pilots for Big Commercial Airlines! Help us make this a reality!

Jackson Busenbark talks about his experiences as a Deaf pilot and what changes he would like to see.

What is “Let Us Work” all about?

We are acting to remove unnecessary, discriminatory hearing restrictions from current policies.

Find out how you can help.

Deaf people are capable of holding many jobs that we are currently barred from. These fields — that we’ve found so far! — require that applicants pass a hearing test.

Do these jobs really require hearing? Are there other ways to achieve the same results? How much do the restrictions stem from stigma or misconceptions?

We will examine these questions in our “Let Us Work” video series, highlighting workplace inequalities. We will look at what jobs carry hearing restrictions, why, and what can be done about that.

The ADA was passed almost three decades ago. Yet Deaf people still don’t have a level playing field when it comes to employment. Get rid of the hearing test requirements and LET US WORK.

*Some jurisdictions.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates pilot certifications. Our community has a rich history of Deaf aviators, including Rhulin Thomas, who flew coast to coast in 1947. This led to him receiving a medal at the White House.

Unfortunately, Rhulin lost his pilot’s license in 1947. The rise of radio communications meant that Rhulin and generations of Deaf pilots that followed him were excluded from flying many types of planes starting in 1947, simply because they could not use radio equipment on those planes.

Today, the FAA is working on a next-generation satellite communication technology called NextGen, which includes data communication capabilities. We have filed a petition with the FAA asking them to consider which existing and emerging technologies can enable Deaf pilots to communicate with air traffic control (ATC) without a voice connection — and to make sure that the design of NextGen allows for pilots to communicate with ATC through data communications only.

By demolishing the artificial barrier created by radio equipment in 1947, Deaf pilots will again take to the sky unencumbered by the restrictions that, today, only allow them to fly where they do not need to communicate with air traffic control.

Do you want to tell the FAA that you support these changes? Sign the petition, here!

More videos coming soon! Next: Truck Drivers.