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

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

Deaf-Friendly Business Smarts: Being an Accessible Business Pays Off, Literally!

There are many reasons why removing barriers and providing accommodations to people with disabilities is a good business practice: it promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We’re going to share one more reason- It really pays off at tax time.* There are three tax incentives available for businesses that accommodate people with disabilities, [...]

By |2020-04-30T16:37:11+00:00April 29th, 2020|Business Tip|0 Comments