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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Why Employers Should Hire Deaf Applicants

Most employers think Deaf people generally can't do anything or don't have special skills that employers need for any job except just cleaning the toilet or washing dishes. Employers also believe Deaf people are too much of a burden and they are not strong or smart enough for them. Employers may be wondering how they can hire Deaf people if they can't communicate at work. What are attributes that make Deaf individuals better candidates than their hearing peers?

Well, here are the answers why they really should hire Deaf applicants:

Deaf people are/has...
  • A strong attention to detail. We have an excellent eye for details. Our deafness has heightened our sight as well as the other three remaining senses. We can detect a body language better than anyone else can.
  • A strong motivation and determination. We are very determined about getting things done in timely manner.
  • Hard-working, even more than any hearing employee. We tend to work two or three times harder than anyone else, so we get used to it.
  • Good communication skills. Just because we can't hear doesn't mean we don't have good communication skills. We can communicate through lip-reading, body language, gesture, texting, writing, and email. It's not that hard, nor is it time-consuming. They will help make communication more clearer and understandable than employers would think they would.
  • Quick and accurate thinking. Deafness does not make us stupid. We can think and come up with a solution immediately.
  • Problem-solving skills. Same as #5. No matter how big or small the problem is, we'll always find a way to solve that problem without any delays.
  • Careful and responsible. Any work-related accidents that we have are a rarity.
  • Dependable. We can perform as many duties as employers would expect them to without any accommodations.
  • Good teamwork. We do not have any problem to get along with co-workers, and we contribute to a project just like any other teammate does. With our problem-solving and quick thinking skills, we can help finish up the project easily.
  • Initiative skills. If we see something that needs to be fixed, we are not afraid to take the initiative in making it right.
  • Interpersonal skills. With our experience and knowledge, we understand and know how to deal with people from different backgrounds.
  • Very flexible. We are willing to accept new changes and new challenges.
  • Well-organized. We create task priorities so that everything can be done smoothly with or without stress.
  • If you are wondering how they would communicate on the telephone, we have a videophone service that is available for Deaf and Hard of Hearing like the Sorenson Videophone Relay Service (SVRS) for free. It can be downloaded and installed in the personal computer with a high speed Internet connection and web cam. The Deaf person signs to a sign language interpreter who then calls the hearing person via a standard phone line and relays the conversation between them. No hassles or awkwardness. The SVRS can be used from any device such as a smartphone, iPad, or Tablet.

    In case you are asking yourself how we would talk to customers or clients in person, some of us can speak well, some of us simply write the notes or type on the iPad.

    Some people say we lack a productivity, which is untrue and a myth. We are much more productive than employers would give us credit. Stop underestimating our skills and abilities as a Deaf person.

    If you are an employer who is considering whether or not they would hire a Deaf applicant, please consider that person's skills and qualifications fairly for a job instead of only seeing their hearing loss as an issue. Just don't base your hiring decision on their deafness, which absolutely has nothing to do with how they would perform a job.

    Please share this article everywhere and make sure potential employers see this!

    If you think of anything that I didn't list in this article, you may comment here.


    1. Beautiful article!!

    2. I would LOVE to speak with you about the unemployment rate not only in the deaf community (~90%) but the entire disability community (~65%). Please email me at and we can talk about what we are trying to do to solve this problem. Thanks for bringing attention to these problems.


    3. Employers are picky about Deaf people as much as our Veterans coming home from the battlefield. They look at us like we're the scum of the Earth. But, this article just tops them all and I love it!! I'll fight tooth and nails with my hands if I have to to get a job!