Deaf Employees are ‘The Right Talent, Right Now’
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a month-long celebration in October, but support for deaf employees and inclusive employers is a year-round endeavor.
“Accessible and inclusive hiring practices is something CSD Works strives to support every day,” explains Kristy Ramos, Director of CSD Works. “CSD Works is proactive when it comes to improving the recruitment and placement process for deaf job seekers by providing resources and services for both employees and employers.”
NDEAM has grown from its beginnings in 1945. This year’s theme of “The Right Talent, Right Now” puts the spotlight on inclusive policies and practices, and the ever-increasing services and supports available for both disabled employees and employers who hire workers with disabilities.
CSD and CSD Works have celebrated NDEAM all month long by providing free resources to job seekers and employers, addressing common misconceptions, and more. Throughout the month we asked our community what advice they’d like to share with employees and employers this #NDEAM. Here are some of the highlights:
Advice for DHH Employees
- Be proactive. Create answers and solutions, rather than problems.
- Focus on your strengths and abilities.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Seek advocates and cheerleaders in the workplace.
- It’s never too late start networking.
Advice for Deaf-Friendly Employers
- If your job listing includes “speaking/hearing ability required,” implicit or explicit, rethink how the job is done.
- The best way to accommodate a person with any form of deafness is to ask them what method of communication works best for them.
- Consider learning ASL; the language is not easy, so be patient and don’t give up. Practice makes perfect.
- Do not focus on the differences of an employee with a disability. Instead, create and adjust access to fit their needs. You’ll notice their potential and contribution!
Do you want to learn more about how you can celebrate NDEAM all year long? Check out the article Five Ways to Support National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Visit our website for information on our services we have for employees and employers. We are looking forward to working together to better serve the D/HH population.
CSD To Present at SXSW 2020
In 2020, attendees of South By South West (SXSW) 2020 events will have the opportunity to learn from two, that’s right two, groups of CSD presenters. This March, members of our CSD Learns and CSD National teams will head to Austin, TX to present to those attending the conference, which is known for its creativity and innovation.
Deaf Entrepreneurs: Stories that Change Perception
CEO of CSD, Chris Soukup will give the presentation “Deaf Entrepreneurs: Stories that Change Perception.” In which he will give attendees an inside look at the nation’s first venture fund for deaf owned and operated businesses. With this presentation, CSD hopes to broaden how society thinks about and defines entrepreneurship, diversity, leadership and what investment means.
Just Like Me: The Importance of Role Models
Brian Milburn and Mei Kennedy of CSD Learnrs will also travel to Austin to present “Just Like Me: The Importance of Role Models” at SXSW EDU, which is held March 8th-12th. The pair will share how important representation is in education, and how oftentimes deaf and hard of hearing students aren’t exposed to deaf and hard of hearing role models. Throughout this presentation attendees will learn how they, too, can improve educational success and empower students nationwide.
We are thankful for everyone who took the time to vote for our presentations to be included in such an impactful conference. Thanks to your continued support, CSD has the opportunity to reach even more people and continue to work to change perceptions.
Employers Benefit from Hiring DHH Workers.
The benefits of a more diverse workforce, are becoming clearer every day.
New research from Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities shows that companies who embrace best practices for hiring disabled people tend to outperform their competitors. For example, companies who had shown oustanding leadership in disability employment and inclusion had about 28 percent higher revenue, double the net income, and 30 percent higher profit margins.
Despite our knowledge that a diverse workforce has a positive impact on organizations, the employment rate among disabled people is still in need of improvement. To address this disparity within the deaf community, CSD Works is partnering with employers to change the perception of deaf and hard of hearing job seekers and ultimately create more deaf jobs.85%
Disabled employees show an 85% job-retention rate after one year.
“Deaf and hard of hearing people have unique capabilities and perspectives: better peripheral vision, spatial intelligence, and because they’re not distracted by other conversations and background noises, are more diligent, focused workers,” Davin Searls, Community and Corporate Partnership Manager explained. “All in all, disabled employees demonstrate and 85 percent job-retention rate afer one year. Make your employees feel welcome, and they’ll stick with you.”
CSD Works: Creating a More Diverse Workforce.
“Job accommodations shouldn’t be viewed as a hassle,” says Megan Klusza, Career Services Coordinator. “They are ways to empower someone to be the best employee they can be.”
There are many misconceptions that providing accommodations is difficult and costly, which may add to an employer’s reluctance to hire DHH employees. For example, some employers are under the impression that a DHH employee will need an interpreter all day, every day. In reality, interpreters are primarily needed for things like meetings, trainings, group discussions, and interviews.
In fact, there are several simple and inexpensive accommodations workplaces can take to be in compliance with the ADA, and truly inclusive to people who are deaf and hard of hearing: having notebooks/pens available, clear directional signs, and rearranging furniture to have clear sight-lines.
Addressing these misconceptions is key to creating more deaf jobs.
By educating employers on how to make their organizations inclusive and accessible throughout the entire job cycle process – recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, retention – CSD Works does just that.
CSD Works collaborates with businesses, nonprofits, and policy makers to provide deaf awareness training, organize onsite ASL classes, develop onboarding in ASL, complete workplace assessments, and workplace integration trainings so that organizations can become truly accessible to deaf job seekers and employees. They also provide free resources, like eGuides and webinars, for employers who want to make their place of work more inclusive.
And it’s working! Employers who have partnered with CSD Works to hire D/HH employees are impressed with how seamless the inclusion process is.
Discovering additional accommodations for deaf associates that can be both relatively easy and inexpensive was very exciting. We look forward to continuing to hire deaf and hard of hearing associates.Lisa SimentalHuman Resource Manager
CSD Works’ ultimate goal is to increase the economic power of the DDBDHH community. To do that, we need to create more deaf-friendly employers who, in turn, will create more deaf-friendly jobs.
“We already know that [deaf people] are talented and skilled; we contribute our language, our culture, our knowledge, our perspective, to the workplace. Now, we need to make sure employers know that as well.”Kristy RamosCSD Works Director
Make Your Workplace More Accessible.
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