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12 Tips To Make Your Event Accessible

The main goal of the majority of event organizers is to ensure their experience can be equally enjoyed by everyone. This includes attendees who have accessibility requirements.  Our 12 point guide will help you make sure that your event will provide all attendees with equal opportunities. Venue & Facilities Accessibility for Wheelchair Users  Make sure...

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Top 10 Reasons to Hire Deaf Employees

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year only 19.3% of people with a disability were employed, while the employment-population ratio for people without a disability was 66.3%. These numbers are also supported by the New York Times study which indicated that employers were 26% less likely to interview job candidates with disabilities. Even...

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17 Tips On How To Create A More Inclusive Workplace

It is important to practice inclusivity in all walks of life. If we do not, it will lead to some people, including those with physical or mental disabilities, being excluded or marginalized. What’s worse, it paves the way for systematic discrimination, which has no place in today’s modern, socially conscious society. Whether it’s by choice...

How Colleges and Universities Can Empower Their Local  Community With Sign Language Classes
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How Colleges and Universities Can Empower Their Local Community With Sign Language Classes

To operate effectively and meet the challenges that face modern society, good communication is a prerequisite for any successful business or organization. Languages serve as an irreplaceable tool developed by humankind to make those around us aware of our needs, wants, dreams, and desires and to facilitate an understanding of those shared feelings to our...

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The Communication Challenges of Wearing a Face Mask

With people currently being required to wear face masks and face coverings in public places to help reduce COVID-19 transmissions, this poses communication challenges for people like me, members of the hearing loss community. When faces are covered, it adds an extra barrier for achieving successful communication; it is challenging for people who rely on...

Why And How Your Business Should Become Deaf-Friendly
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Why And How Your Business Should Become Deaf-Friendly

The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was passed on July 26, 1990. It is one of the U.S.’s most comprehensive acts relating to civil rights, and it seeks to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. It is also designed to ensure that those facing such challenges are given equal opportunities to take advantage of mainstream...

Accessibility Options: Real-time captioning
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Accessibility Options: Real-time captioning

The ADA requires organizations which serve the public to effectively communicate with people who have communication disorders. They say, “the goal is to ensure that communication with people with these disabilities is equally effective as communication with people without disabilities.” They go on to say that auxiliary aids and services must be provided when needed...

Video Remote Interpreting: Benefits and Limitations
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Video Remote Interpreting: Benefits and Limitations

Video remote interpreting, or VRI, is utilized in a wide variety of settings. According to the National Association of the Deaf, NAD, VRI is commonly used in hospitals, physicians’ offices, mental health care settings, police stations, schools, financial institutions, and workplaces. NAD also statesthat that, “the most controversial use of VRI has been in the...

PPE and Sign Language: How public health measures impact communication
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PPE and Sign Language: How public health measures impact communication

In an open letter on interpreter safety during COVID-19, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, CCHI, stated, “onsite healthcare interpreters should be provided the same level of protection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as any healthcare provider for whom they are interpreting.” PPE includes a wide variety of items, but can include things...