Accommodating deaf workers
Workers may communicate with people who do not sign by either: Sign language interpreters are professionals who understand Deaf and hearing cultures.
They are trained to interpret between signed and spoken languages.
Hearing aids amplify sound, but they do not work for everyone.
Cochlear implants are prostheses in people’s inner ears that transmit sound directly to the brain.
However, employers are legally required to pay for later sessions.
Interpreters only interpret: they do not offer opinions or advice.
You must book an interpreter two to four weeks in advance.
Moreover, many people identify ASL as their first language and learn English as a second language.When working with interpreters: Workers attending group events, such as meetings, may use real-Time Captioning (RTC).A trained captioner records speech and it appears almost right away on a large screen.Of course, the best way to understand a worker’s state of mind, simply to ask.Workers who are hard of hearing may sometimes speak too loudly, or respond verbally in ways that do not fit the discussion because they have not heard correctly.
Some people who are hard of hearing can use telephones with hearing aids or cochlear implants.