Services and Equipment

Employers want to know how to communicate with a deaf or hard-of-hearing employee. Be ready to offer some suggestions when you are first meeting employers:

Mention communicating with a computer is quicker than writing things back and forth. For more information, see Communication Strategies, and Group Situations and Meetings.

For your interview, be prepared to explain some strategies, services and equipment that can be very effective in the workplace. Depending on your needs, provide information about how to obtain these services and equipment.

Offer to teach some basic signs to your supervisor and co-workers if you use sign language, and explain about Deaf culture.

The NTID Center on Employment has a section about this subject on their website. You can give the address http://www.ntid.rit.edu/nce/employers to the employer so that they can get further information on their own.