Deaf Awareness Week

Founded by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in 1958, the last week of September is celebrated as International Week of the Deaf across the globe. Communities and organizations come together to celebrate the achievements of the Deaf community as well as the richness of Deaf culture. As WFD notes, it is a time to “gather together, become united, and show unity to the rest of the world.” Each year is marked with a theme, this years being “Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities.” Throughout the week, each day is dedicated to a specific topic related to sign language rights.

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It’s Okay to be Different

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When looking for a job, we often think about how well we will fit into the culture or the work environment. During the interview, the employer is trying to identify if you are a suitable fit for the culture they already established. Unfortunately, if you don’t fit, you may not be hired. Let me give you a different perspective. Many employers are looking to become more diverse in their hiring practices, so with that idea, being different isn’t always a bad idea.

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Disability Disclosure

The most asked question I encounter in the disability employment world is about disability disclosure. Whether it is a good idea to disclose a disability remains debatable. People typically ask, “How much disclosure is too much disclosure? When is the best time to tell them about my disability? Will my disability count against me in the hiring process?” These questions are coupled with a tremendous amount of anxiety.

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Food and Housing Resources

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COVID-19 pandemic has changed our way of searching for employment and conducting business. On one side, it has shown how most occupations are crucial. In this regard, many have benefited from attaining higher wages, securing health benefits, and finding opportunities for a better work-life balance. On the flip side, the pandemic has prolonged unemployment, which unfortunately affects our ability to meet basic needs. Whether experiencing housing, employment instability, or both, the following resources can alleviate some hardships.

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