Welcome to “Breaking the Sound Barriers at Work” Digital Employer Accessibility Toolkit! This toolkit will provide a comprehensive overview of workplace issues for individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing and a unique opportunity to learn about communication approaches and best practices in the workplace. “Breaking the Sound Barriers at Work” online employer accessibility toolkit will:
- provide employers and human resource professionals with an enhanced understanding of Deaf, hard of hearing and accessibility issues, as well as access to a pool of talented, dedicated employees
- help employers and human resources professionals understand that accessibility is achievable, and that workplace accommodation can be affordable and effective for all employees
- help employers and human resources professionals understand the legislative requirements and implement internal access policies within their businesses; and
- educate employers and human resources professionals about effective communication between Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people in the workplace.
We encourage you to review the entire menu of modules that offer information, services and resources to support employers in hiring, training, accommodating and developing the capacity of Deaf and hard of hearing staff. Modules include but are not limited to topics such as:
- Attitudinal barrier prevention workplace training (i.e., Anti-Audism/Anti-Ableism/Anti-Discrimination) to address health and safety issues, stereotypes, myths, challenges and pre-conceived or negative attitudes regarding capabilities of Deaf and hard of hearing applicants and employees
- Communication strategies such as communication devices, bluetooth technology, amplification, Video Relay Interpreting Services (VRS) and Video Remote Interpreter (VRI) Services for workplace meetings
- Booking ASL interpreters, Deaf Interpreters and Communication Access Realtime Translation Services (CART) for one to one or group meeting(s) in the workplace
- Workplace assessment information for effective communication and work safety strategies
- Interactive educational modules and resources for employers and human resource professionals to help them prepare the workplace for Deaf and hard of hearing employees and integrate them into their workplaces for effective communication and work safety practices
We hope you enjoy the digital employer accessibility toolkit and find its information and resources rewarding.
Gary Malkowski, Vice President, CHS Stakeholder and Employer Relations
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