Hearing Loss Diversity: Deconstructing Misconceptions (Virtual)
There is diversity under the term “hearing impaired”. There are 48 million people in America with some kind of hearing loss. We call ourselves by different names; Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, deaf and Deaf. There are a variety of accommodations that help each group, and many people assume it’s American Sign Language (ASL), a common misconception.
One size does not fit all. Less than 2% of the 48 million people use ASL for communication. The Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, and deaf speak English, write English, and read English. Accommodations, therefore, need to be in English, whether it’s captioning, amplification, and/or other strategies. As a business owner, employer, supervisor, or HR administrator, you may not be aware of all the possible Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) solutions for helping those with hearing loss. Learn what best practices to help those with hearing loss and create your own hard of hearing ‘kit’.
Meet the Hearing Loss LIVE! Team Hearing Loss LIVE! consists of 3 people who are passionate about communication needs for those with hearing loss.
Chelle Wyatt Chelle Wyatt has had a progressive hearing loss most of her life, now at the severe stage. Looking for help several years ago, she found the Utah Division of Services of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH) as a client and then worked there for over 8 years giving classes and presentations on living better with hearing loss.
Julia Stepp Julia Stepp is a CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) provider, giving live captioning to the Hard of Hearing in Utah for the past 20 years. She brings a unique perspective to Hearing Loss LIVE! as a family member of those with hearing loss, live captioner, and teaching classes at DSDHH.
Michele Linder Michele Linder was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in grade school in the 1960s; her loss is currently profound. As a lipreader, she uses captioning, CART, and speech-to-text for communication access. She has helped others with hearing loss for the past 14 years by volunteering for the SayWhatClub and as a consumer captioning advocate.