Hard skills are specific to the job and vary, depending on the. Some of these supports are for people with disabilities who are already working; see the “Employees with Disabilities” section below. Other supports are for people with disabilities who are unemployed; see the “Looking for work” section below. However, you may need to adapt your workplace, or you may need special equipment to do your job.
If your disability prevents you from returning to your previous job, options are available; see the “Looking for a Job” section below. Many deaf people have never heard and come from families with several members who are also deaf. According to the National Center for the Deaf report on Postsecondary Outcomes, nearly a quarter of the deaf workforce works in the manufacturing and construction industries. According to a report from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, the main sectors in which deaf people work include manufacturing, healthcare, retail, professional services and construction.
While a sign language interpreter is a hearing person who learns ASL as a second language, a certified deaf interpreter is a deaf or hard of hearing person who communicates natively using signs or other forms of gestures. People who were born deaf or who became deaf later in life may be eligible for surgery; it can even be done on children as young as 12 months old.