(♪♪♪) [Jenna] Hello, so I’m alone today but I wanted to talk about Deaf people and employment… and discrimination. A lot of people have asked me questions. Wanted me to talk about the topic, so I thought sure! An important thing I wanted to let you know beforehand is, I’m only talking about myself, and what my experience is. Everybody has different experiences, so don’t assume what I say applies to everybody. Kind of a touchy topic to talk about concerning discrimination. I experience that everyday, especially when it comes to employment. My first job when I was 14, I was working with my family and I have worked many different jobs, lot of different types of jobs. I’ve worked in an hearing only environment and a more Deaf environment as well. I noticed especially during the interview process, that’s when you face the most discrimination. When a Deaf person comes in and they realize that you’re Deaf, automatically that’s one strike agaisn’t you. That’s your first impression, that you’re Deaf. Then they think, you can’t talk on the phone, you can’t do this. They don’t think about what you CAN do. They don’t think about the talents that I have and the experience that I have. They just automatically look at all the things that I can’t do. So that means I have to work even harder to convince them that I’m qualified and I’m worth it even though there might be some disadvantages. Maybe those disadvantages actually can beomce benefits, depending on the situation. So, that’s an area where you face discrimination the most. The very first thing. Another thing is talking about using an interpreter. From my experience I rarely get an interpreter for interviews. Really that’s because most of the time I’ve worked with small companies, local business, places that can’t really afford or would understand the concept of getting an interpreter, going through and agency, and that whole process. So, for example, if I say “hey you are required to get an interpreter”, then “oh that costs money… that’s costing me money”, and that means that I decided to go ahead and read lips, write things out, communicate in whatever way showing them I can communicate without an interpreter. If it’s a large corporation, then understandably they probably they want diversity, they’re looking for that. So there’s a higher chance that it would be okay getting an interpreter, they understand ADA law. But even then, still there’s some companies that kind of see that as a negatice. It’s just another cost for them, it’s money. So that’s another big issue. Really you have to educate them and that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s just part of communication and diversity. We all need that. All companies need diversity. So….. there’s one thing that was interesting with the Deaf Grassroots Movements, DGM. I think that’s the sign for it. I’ve seen 2 different ones. But, I really applaud them and they’re encouring people to talk with local governments and talk about rights and changes to ADA. Considering the high rate of un-employment within the Deaf community. I don’t know the exact percentage, but I know it shows there’s a variety and really it’s almost impossible to get an accurate statistic, but it’s clear that there’s a high number compared to what the nationa average is. That’s become a severe problem. So we need to do something to change that because a lot of people are qualified they’re talented. There’s just one thing and they can’t hear. That’s it! It’s just one small thing and that’s something easily we can fix with different communication tools. It’s really that simple. A lot of people don’t realize that. Really from my experience working in an hearing environment, I’m fine! One of my most favorite experiences was working in a pizza place. I worked as a delivery driver during highschool. In that environment, during highschool. In that environment, I think there was maybe one other Deaf person that was a cook. I was a driver, but everyone else was hearing and they were all from different cultures, different cultural background. Not everybody could speak English. Some could, some not so much. So it was really diverse. So we had to try and figure out how to communicate and it was really easy! We found a way, we figured it out. We know your role, you know your role, everybody knows how to work together and it ran smoothly. Every once and a while there was a hiccup, but all work environments have that. Nothing out of control. Everything was managable and it went fine. I loved that experience! It showed that no matter what, no matter what backgrounds you come from, how you communicate, or even having different langauges, you can still find a way to work together. You just have to understand how to compromise and have patience. You’ll be fine. That experience really made me think and be confident in myself that I can go into any interview and show them that I can communicate. No worries, we can figure out a way. I can show them what I can do, I can show them and hope for the best. You know, if not, then move on to the next one. That’s happened with a lot of Deaf people. It’s all about networking and having confidence in yourself. Showing people that you can do it. Showing people different communication options. I’m confident there are other ways we can communicate, whatever it is. When you show confidence, then they see, “oh you’re not nervous. You are confident in yourself.” So then they have less doubt. It’s interesting. Well I think that’s all I wanted to talk about today, just kind of giving you my experience. If you guys have experiences facing discrimination and struggles, leave a comment of what your experience is. How did you overcome that? What are some approaches that you have that were successful? 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