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

Hey! Hey! Hey! It’s your birthday, Americans with Disabilities Act!

Signed into law on July 26, 1990, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is considered the most significant law that protects Americans with disabilities from discrimination and ensures they have access to employment, transportation, health care, education, communications, and places of public accommodation. Access barriers experienced by deaf and hard-of-hearing people are [...]

By |2021-08-16T19:40:52+00:00July 26th, 2021|Business Tip|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

How to hire a qualified sign language interpreter

Sign language interpreters are having another moment in the spotlight as high profile public officials across the country are using in-screen interpreters for online press briefings, raising the visibility of sign language access for deaf and hard of hearing consumers on a never-seen-before scale. Even the current administration at the White House [...]

By |2021-03-23T05:25:48+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Business Tip|0 Comments

Bringing deaf-friendly service to the parking lot

“Curbside pickup” is one of the many buzzwords 2020 has given us. But unlike roller skate soda fountains and drive-through cinemas, it is likely to stay.  Once both major businesses and mom-and-pop retailers implemented this service to curb (pun intended) the spread of COVID-19, it became clear: curbside pickup is an example [...]

By |2020-12-08T18:47:22+00:00December 8th, 2020|Business Tip|0 Comments

5 soft skills to help you become deaf-friendly, especially in a pandemic

From Python coding to engine assembly, the corporate world banks on hard skills. Job descriptions are seemingly 90 percent hard skills, tossing in a vague soft skill (“motivated self-starter,” anyone?). But soft skills are the secret sauce for retaining consumer loyalty, great user experiences, and being a deaf-friendly business. In fact, as [...]

By |2020-08-24T18:36:03+00:00August 24th, 2020|Business Tip|0 Comments

A social justice movement can ignite overnight. How can you make your event deaf-friendly and accessible?

George Floyd’s killing in June set off massive protests and demonstrations across the globe. A month later, our nation celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Part of celebrating is recognizing why it’s vital to have peaceful and accessible assembly: Overnight, social justice advocates, and community organizers had [...]

By |2020-08-04T18:21:58+00:00August 4th, 2020|Business Tip|0 Comments