It Starts With You.
The D/HH/DB community faces severe economic challenges due to unemployment and underemployment, despite the valuable and unique skills they bring to the workplace. Please join us and become an important part of helping to improve the lives and futures of members of Arizona’s D/HH/DB community.
By supporting us, you support a better Arizona for everyone.
To get started, call the Commission (602-542-3323) to discuss how we can help you participate in the Let’s Get to Work initiative.
The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing is a national leader in the provision of communication access, support services, and community empowerment throughout Arizona.
Our purpose is to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sector, accessibility for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind to improve their quality of life.
What we do:
- Provide communication access and provide support
- Distribute free equipment through AzTEDP to all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Speech-Impaired, and DeafBlind Arizonans
- Serve as a resource for self-advocacy and community empowerment
- Provide outreach, education, information and referrals
- Access AZ licensed American Sign Language interpreters and CART providers directory
- Arizona Relay Service (711) — free to all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Speech-Impaired, and DeafBlind residents
- Support Service Provider access to the DeafBlind community
NOT JUST A LEGAL REQUIREMENT. A MORAL IMPERATIVE.
There are legal matters related to hiring and employing members of the D/HH/DB community. There are three central programs to be sure you abide by:
- The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Rehabilitation Act
- Arizona Licensure Laws
They spell out in great detail the rules, regulations, and necessary accommodations employers are required to follow. Please remember, any costs associated with complying with these programs’ requirements may be offset by previously mentioned tax credits. The Commission will gladly assist you with information to help you comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
While guided by legal requirements, it is our hope that you and your organization come to see recruiting and hiring from the D/HH/DB community as your social responsibility to provide equally to all the opportunities and economic security that come with gainful employment.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind and Employment Information
- NDC Deaf and Employment in the U.S. 2019
- Working Effectively with Persons who are Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, or Deaf from Cornell University
- CSD works connect qualified job seekers with motivated employers
- Making Gains and Being Flexible
- Arizona Comission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing Let’s Get to Work Employment Guide
- ACDL Employment Guides
- Post A Job
- The ADA: Your Responsibilities as an Employer
- Deafness and Hearing Impairments in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- IRS - Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities
- IRS - Living and Working with Disabilities
- ADA and the Rehabilitation Act
- Job Accommodation Network - Deafness
- Job Accommodation Network - Hearing Impairment
- Job Accommodation Network - Effective Communication
- Job Accommodation Network - Workplace Toolkit
- AZ license interpreter
- Videoconference Platforms and Accessibility Features
- Accessible Tips for Zoom/Virtual Meetings by Deaf HOH Tech
- How to Host Effective and Accessible On-line Meetings
“Now I have an interpreter with me on the work site. It has really allowed me to expand my communication abilities. It has made me more efficient on the job.”
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