Seeing through the lenses of my life with deafness, I notice at all levels even in the workplace that nobody gets to the point to accept that the different abilities can contribute equally with diversity to the society as being disabled or non-disabled. Approachment with deafness and all kinds of disabilities is something needed to be addressed here with total advocacy. The time has come to this to reveal regarding of my experiences about how approach my issues with my deaf identity.
I approach my issues with my deaf identity by showing that I am capable of anything except that I cannot hear very well. Many do not see how my disability can be contributed to the office’s goals/missions because they look at it differently. While for me that disability shows no difference at all as we all are human beings and we all have different abilities to do regarding all types of job positions. Disability and non-disability is to contribute mutually and to each other to benefit as to make one society as a whole. World is never born to be perfect. World is born to have differences with different abilities.
I am deaf, I can write, read, and analyze but in communication setting- I need an access to communication via services in order for me to have a total participation. Regarding of this, I can be creative and adapt to the requiring things that most jobs need to be met. Experiencing to live in all countries and identifying myself regarding of this as a multicultural person is an asset to my disability making more advantageous at employment level. In all of job positions is always to work with a computer for projects to write, data to evaluate, social media to monitor, to read analyses plus many more that involves for duty responsibilities to perform but one and one of the most important of all is an email to produce for communication with a total participation to fulfill the tasks to the fullest. Of course, in all job setting, an office phone and cell phone are always to exist no matter what. What is the most accessible for all people with deafness/deafblind at the employment level of the job? Definitely, it is the computer with emails which is to make total accessibility including to produce notetaking notes for me to read when I am in the meeting. Regarding of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the US, it is defined in the saying that it gives rights of equal access to places of public accommodation and in Title III is said to have requirement being met for deaf and hard of hearing people for the businesses and agencies to remove the total barriers to communication. Except the US with this disability rights law, my saying for other countries to comply well within this kind of law is poorly performed and provide insufficient resources to accommodate the accessibility services for communication for all deaf/deafblind people. So for the US, I am aware that I am able to get the accessibility services in no question being asked. The point is that it takes forever to get these accommodated services in spite of financial burden the offices need to provide for. In a reality, we all have computers, home phone and cell phone at the employment level but the office phone definitely does not meet the criteria of all deaf/deafblind people. Having the computer for emails and cellphone fpr text messages make the accessibility source to include all deaf/deafblind people on equal basis for teamwork to have an inclusive participation. The only thing is leaving the whole point is that I will always be a bit behind regarding to access to information. Being behind regarding to access to information is that all people who are non-disabled keep to communicate at all levels forgetting that the disabled ones – deaf/deafblind and hard of hearing are there. My view is that the non-disabled have the communication access in receiving the information and in speaking freely the context with deep discussion due their hearing abilities. The hearing abilities are the powerful tool people often to look for in getting the needed things in a very competitive manner. My deafness during the job interview and even at the employment often is looked to be a competitive manner no matter what. Showing my abilities, my critical analysis and creativity needed to present in order to get the job, I often use the spoken language and sometimes the sign language interpreters. The spoken language and my signing language regarding of my deafness, I always try my best to make a point to contribute something with my identity for the office in meeting their goals/mission in an equal footing. My contribution with my abilities have produced to be powerful asset to them however that contribution seemed to them of not being well enough competitive regarding of other candidates. The same thing happens when I am at work trying to process well the information in a very quick manner via the spoken language without the access to sign language interpretation, computer to write emails, note-taking or something like that. The point is that people in a reality looks for people who get quickly the information and quickly to be able to respond no matter what while for me it needs a moment till I get the whole point via the lip-reading/written communication. For hearing, it is the communication tool that makes them powerful to compete while the deaf/deafblind and hard of hearing are unable as they always leave behind due to not being able to access fully to the information/communication. It is applied for job interviews to look at this way when deaf/deafblind and hard of hearing grasp the information via spoken communication.
Many people do not think of providing an equal point in one whole society in the labor market. They only will look at how much people can compete, how much people can be well persuasive in the communication setting and how well the person represents the experience via communication tools. Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people are the same as hearing people to have at the same level of education with professional skills but to them it is to look at the assets of power for communication. The point again is that many do not have any patience to this when there is deaf/deafblind and hard of hearing person working in one respective job position. All is about to advance and to compete in completing the nature of work under total pressure. Deaf/deafblind and hard of hearing are able to compete under pressure no matter what and they are very well skilled in a total observation, in seeing the clear picture behind the true words, are able to read well the body language meaning they can detect the lie perception, they have the good skills to grasp the whole information quickly when they read and many more. Imagine that the deaf and hard of hearing people are totally dependable on reading information 24 hours a day including to watch and use the eyes for all communicative tools than through the ears so the point is that they are overly balanced to their eyes than the ears for all the times. The hearing people do two things – hearing and seeing but they miss some things in one whole picture. The deaf/hard of hearing see everything at once while their ears are just totally closed and no receptive sounds for them to get. They only can feel the vibrations at all times. It is why the disability at this point has its own abilities while the non-disabled do not have these kind of abilities.
Inclusion, diversity and equality is what the workforce should search for and make all inclusive between disabled and non-disabled. Barriers for communication should be tackled. Having the obstacle to communication among deaf/deafblind and hard of hearing people is the thing they always have to fight entirely for the rest of their life. This kind of community will always face this struggle in order to achieve equally the opportunities with the non-disabled communities. For them it is slow progress to achieve regarding of communication access while for the non-disabled is the quick progress to achieve depending the resources available to get via candidacy pooling, networking and competing moments in life.