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Equitable Access: Technology Bridging the Employment Gap For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

  • 17 Aug 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


This educational interactive webinar will provide employers and employees, students and interns, as well as the deaf and hard of hearing community as a whole, the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialog focused on equitable access in employment. Hearing loss is a common disability caused by noise, aging, disease, and heredity.

Jess Aiello, Founder, The I Yellow Group, will share her passion for creating an inclusive environment for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing individuals. John Macko, Director and Dawn Lucas, Associate Director, NTID Center on Employment at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will share perspectives on how to educate and prepare both employers and prospective hires for success in the workplace.

The Human Connection Roundtable will be moderated by Jess Aiello and include John Macko, Dawn Lucas, Peter Hayes, An Employer who has hired a deaf employee and a recent NTID graduate. Join us to hear unique perspectives, ask questions and share your experiences!

The session will include live captioning and ASL provided by IYellow.









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NIH - Hearing Loss: A Common Problem for Older Adults

National Technical Institute for the Deaf




National Institute of the Deaf

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

People with hearing loss may find it hard to have conversations with friends and family. They may also have trouble understanding a doctor’s advice, responding to warnings, and hearing doorbells and alarms.

Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 has difficulty hearing. But, some people may not want to admit they have trouble hearing.

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