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

Introducing “Deaf-Friendly BASICS” for busy customer service professionals

Feeling accessibility-stuck? Don’t have time for a full-blown American Sign Language course, but want to better serve deaf and hard of hearing people? Skill up on seamless communication with deaf and hard of hearing customers, in just one hour or less. Launching February 1st, deaffriendly Consulting’s on-line course, “Deaf-Friendly BASICS” is a [...]

By |2021-02-01T21:15:35+00:00February 1st, 2021|Business Tip|0 Comments

Turn a negative review into a deaf-friendly one

Let's face it, it’s tough getting negative feedback. No one likes it, whether you’re an individual or a business. While eighty percent of reviews written by deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing people on deaffriendly.com are positive, the deaf-challenged experiences deaf customers face lead to twenty percent of reviews that are three [...]

By |2021-01-25T18:32:10+00:00January 25th, 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

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