Looking For Work: Selected Resources for Finding Employment Opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Numerous job information sources and listings of available positions are in existence. This list provides a selection of potential interest to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The consumer publications, e-mail resources, and Web sites identified here relate specifically to employment possibilities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The national resources are sources of information for employers who wish to learn more about accommodating individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
DeafNation offers a variety of job listings for deaf and hard of hearing people. These jobs are posted from various locations all over the United States. Employers are able to post their job vacancies with minimal hassle. Sign-in as a member to access the job listings. Registration is free.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) http://www.asha.org/about/career
This site offers nationwide job listings for different opportunities related to speech, language and hearing loss. Click on “ASHA’s Career Center” link located on the bottom left of the screen to find a job, post a job, find out about employment opportunities at ASHA and the Career Fair that takes place at ASHA conventions. ASHA members can post their resumes on-line.
Career Center Library On-line
The Gallaudet University’s Career Center Library On-line provides helpful links to career related information on the Web. More information and advice is available at their "bricks and mortar" Career Center Library, located in the Student Academic Center (SAC), Room 2221.
Council on Education of the Deaf (CED)
This site has a listing of employment opportunities in the field of Deaf Education. Positions are listed by grade level. Job descriptions are available for each position. Click on the specific position title to access the job description. Registration is free and needed to access this listing. Registered members can also post announcements.
Deaf Digest (Blue and Gold editions)
Deaf Digest provides job listings in a variety of settings for deaf and hard of hearing people in its weekly national online newsletter. Employment opportunities are listed towards the end of each edition. To subscribe to this free online newsletter click on the subscription link to the left. Deaf Digest is also a good resource for current events and news within the Deaf community.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing In Government (DHHIG)
DHHIG is a national non-profit organization whose purpose is two-fold. It serves as an employee support group for Federal employees who are either Deaf or Hard of Hearing and as a resource organization for the nationwide Federal government.
DHHIG coordinates and collaborates with external forces such as OPM, EEOC, U.S. Congress, the White House, President’s Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), National Association of the Deaf, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, and other entities.
Deaf Job Service
This website provides information about jobs and educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Listings are by state. Job seekers can also post their own announcements. There are links that will direct job seekers to other employment listings.
This site is designed to assist deaf people in locating jobs. Openings are organized by state. Roll the cursor over the state you want, then click to open job postings from that state.
This site focuses on employment opportunities for deaf people and persons that serve this population. Organizations, agencies, schools, business and other entities wishing to fill positions may send employment announcements at no charge to this website. Employment opportunities are posted by category.
DeafWeb Washington at http://www.deafweb.org/
This site lists numerous job opportunities nationwide (some international), with a particular focus on jobs available in Washington State for deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing people. Positions for hearing people looking for work in a deaf- related field are also listed. On the left panel of the main page, click on the “Job Info” link to go to the “Job Notice Form” page. On this page, members can post their resumes or create a short advertisement about themselves and the kind of job they want, search for job opportunities, get job search tips, and gather information
about employers who are deaf-friendly.
HireDeaf.com at http://www.hiredeaf.com/
HireDeaf.com is designed as a one-stop career resource center that offers job services for job seekers and employers. It has advanced privacy features and career navigation tools. The site boasts of jobs posted by hiring managers, staffing firms, and executive recruiters. Jobs posted on this site are for people who are deaf and hard of hearing or professionals in deafness-related fields.
National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) Center on Employment at: http://www.ntid.rit.edu/nce/
The NTID Center on Employment is a site that provides services for students and employers. Navigating the links is easy and leads to resources about job searching, opportunities, and information on hiring deaf and hard of hearing employees. The jobs and links listed are primarily targeted for NTID students and alumni.
JOB ACCOMMODATION SERVICES:
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
P.O. Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080
800-526-7234 (V) in the U.S.
800-ADA-WORK (1-800-232-9675) (V) in the U.S.
JAN’s mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities and related subjects. JAN’s efforts are in support of the employment, including self-employment and small business ownership, of people with disabilities. JAN represents the most comprehensive resource for job accommodations available.
VOCATIONSL REHABILITATION/REHABILITATION SERVICES AGENCIES:
Every state has a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency that helps people with disabilities attain or maintain satisfactory, gainful employment. Some of the services provided to eligible clients are counseling and guidance, job training or placement, or restoration (i.e., assistance with the purchase of hearing aids). The VR process involves: application for services, evaluation for eligibility, determination of eligibility, writing and accomplishment of the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE), follow-along services, and case closure. VR counselors work with clients to determine the appropriate services needed to attain the agreed upon job goal as written on the IPE. For more information about local VR offices, visit: http://askjan.org/cgi-win/TypeQuery.exe?902 or http://www.gallaudet.edu/Clerc_Center/Information_and_Resources/Info_to_Go/Resources/Statewide_Services_for_Deaf_and_Hard_of_Hearing_People.html.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Research And Training Center For Persons Who Are Deaf And Hard Of Hearing
DIRECTOR: Douglas Watson, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas
4601 W. Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Web site: http://www.uark.edu/deafrtc
The center focuses on issues affecting the employability of deaf and hard of hearing rehabilitation clients-career assessment, career preparation, placement, career mobility, and advancement. It provides information and/or databases related to the rehabilitation of deaf and hard of hearing people served by the Federal/State Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
230 West Monroe Street, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60606
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-651- 5344 (FAX)
Job openings for Gallaudet University and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center can be found at: http://www.gallaudet.edu/hrs/employment_opportunities.html. Applications and employer contact information can also be accessed through this site.