Digging Deeper: It takes two to tango, especially in deaf and hearing conversations

A great conversation is like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in action: dance partners in sync with each other, aware of and anticipating next steps, and quickly adapting from start to end. No matter what “language” they used - vaudeville, ballroom dancing, tap dancing, soft shoe, or ballet - this legendary pair [...]

By |2022-06-15T04:21:08+00:00June 13th, 2022|Business Tip, Deaf Awareness|0 Comments

Tapping into lived experiences: the secret sauce of developing deaf-friendly businesses

All businesses are hungry for the expertise that takes them to the next level. But what, exactly, is expertise? Acronyms like “SME” (Subject Matter Expert), “ninja,” and “rock star” have long been standard in job descriptions.  Everyone always wants a rock star. But it’s not limited to an MBA, university prestige, or [...]

By |2022-05-24T18:25:31+00:00May 24th, 2022|Business Tip, Deaf Awareness|0 Comments

What’s in a name? When it comes to customers with hearing disabilities, labels matter

Over 48 million people in the U.S. live with hearing loss- and they are far from a monolithic group. We live in an era that celebrates sign language and Deaf Culture on a scale that previous generations never imagined. Deaf artists share the Super Bowl halftime spotlight. Deaf actor Troy Kotsur (CODA) [...]

By |2022-02-21T19:39:06+00:00February 21st, 2022|Business Tip, Deaf Awareness|0 Comments

Digging Deeper: Dinner Table Syndrome

Norman Rockwell’s iconic Thanksgiving dinner painting is a picture of joy and connection. But for most deaf people, dinner hurts. There’s even a name for it: Dinner Table Syndrome, a phenomenon in which deaf people are cut out of conversations while surrounded by hearing people they can’t understand during meals. In pop [...]

By |2022-01-24T18:58:40+00:00January 24th, 2022|Deaf Awareness|0 Comments

Deaf during a pandemic: A year in review

It has been over one year since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and resulted in massive, monumental changes to the way we live our lives. From state-mandated closures to disrupted supply lines, to virtual learning/remote working, and wearing masks in public, no one has been immune to the effects of this pandemic. The [...]

By |2021-04-14T00:22:33+00:00April 14th, 2021|Deaf Awareness|0 Comments

A Masked World: Navigating the Pandemic as a Deaf person

The world in normal times is fraught with communication obstacles for deaf and hard of hearing people. Communication obstacles during the COVID-19 pandemic are even more challenging to navigate. The results of these compounded barriers can range from frustration and misunderstandings to life and death situations. One thing is clear, trying to [...]

By |2020-05-11T23:37:57+00:00May 11th, 2020|Deaf Awareness, Founder's Corner|0 Comments

Deafness is an Invisible Disability

One of the ironies of being deaf: We rely heavily on visual cues to navigate this world, yet our disability is largely invisible to the naked eye. “But ... you don’t even look deaf” is a surprised comment many a deaf individual has encountered. Without seeing immediate telltale cues like sign [...]

By |2020-04-20T22:03:27+00:00March 31st, 2020|Deaf Awareness|0 Comments