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Deaf Awareness Training
We believe that the key to equality is all within education. Organizations and individuals are often made to feel that they should understand deafness. This is impossible if they have never had a way to accurately acquire knowledge or experience with deafness. That’s where we come in..
Our training and awareness courses are an open platform, developed and led by experts in the field of deafness. Our services are tailor-made and can be delivered in a wide range of settings.
We encourage honesty and transparency in our training and learning through interaction in a jargon-free, relaxed and fun learning environment. This is so people can open up and discuss what can sometimes feel like a difficult topic. We aim to create an inclusive environment, remove barriers, promote mutual respect, and challenge the myths that are often associated with deafness and disability.
Our training aims to provide you with a practical understanding of deafness, and innovative ways to support your Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees. This training & awareness course will utilize research and evidence, case studies, personal reflection, and peer discussion.
What Will I Learn?
With regard to Deaf and Hard-of-hearing individuals, this training will provide you with an understanding of:
Access and Inclusion
Legislation and Policies
Stereotyping and unconscious bias
The Medical and Social Models of deafness
How to communicate with Deaf and Hard-of-hearing employees/ colleagues
Barriers that Deaf and Hard-of-hearing individuals face in a majority-hearing context
Innovative ways to support Deaf and Hard-of-hearing individuals
Creating a deaf-friendly work environment
Leveraging Deaf and Hard-of-hearing employees’ talents
If you find yourself asking these questions, then this disability awareness training is for you…
What is the best way to support a Deaf or hard of hearing employee?
What language and terms are appropriate to use?
Can I ask a Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals about their hearing?
How do we know what reasonable accommodations are appropriate?
How do I approach a Deaf and Hard-of-hearing individual?
How do I communicate with a Deaf or hard-of-hearing individual?
How do the terms Deaf and hard-of-hearing differ?
Can a Deaf or hard-of-hearing person work as efficiently as their hearing peers?
What does providing accessibility to a Deaf or hard-of-hearing employee look like?
Do all Deaf people use the same accommodation?
Why Choose Us?
Collectively our trainers have over 10 years of experience in the disability awareness sector, and 20 years specifically working with Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, making them specialists in the field. All of our trainers have in-depth knowledge as well as lived experience with deafness, enabling them to share their experiences in a thought-provoking approach.
Trainers will leave you with knowledge, appreciation, and awareness of accessibility and equality solutions for Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals. They will also have a clearer understanding of the barriers Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals face on a day-to-day basis.
Awareness training can often boost morale in the workplace. Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees feel understood and their peers around them feel more comfortable in working alongside their colleagues.
Ross University School of Medicine
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Department of the Navy
Congressional Budget Office
100% of the people surveyed, who attended our Disability Awareness Training in 2018, said they would recommend our training to others.
What People Say
“This disability awareness course made me feel like I could open up and be honest, that no subject was taboo.” – Ross University of Medicine
”It was illuminating, well managed and informative. It provided valuable insight into the world of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and provides some good advice.” – Congressional Budget Office
Who should attend?
Disability awareness training is suitable for all staff & contractors; those who engage with customers, management, and anyone who works alongside or in support of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. This training also works well for those who wish to support people with disabilities in their communities.
To learn more about our in-house awareness training courses and communication accessibility services, please contact the office of Universal Integration Specialists at (240) 813-3003.