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Thursday, March 13, 2014

My New eBook "What Every Deaf Person Needs to Know"

My new ebook called "What Every Deaf Person Needs to Know" is now available in pdf format only for $3.00. This ebook is mainly based on my life story as a Deaf person who has been dealing with audism and discrimination in college and hiring employment. In this book, I discussed a lot of shocking details about how college instructors treated me when I was in college and how hiring employers reacted after finding out I was deaf. After explaining all of things happened to me, I included the analyses of why many Deaf people struggle to find a job and why some if not more hiring employers avoid dealing with Deaf individuals.

This book contains fourteen chapters and is only available in pdf format that you can download from any device (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.) as long as it has the Adobe Acrobat or readable PDF.

To buy my ebook, go to this link: https://sarahterras.selz.com/items/detail/531e8500a1416c12ac6d3778

If you have any questions or concerns about this ebook or anything else, don't hesitate to ask me.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Why Does The Article Piss You Off?

I read a lot of comments on the "Reasons Employers Won't Hire Deaf Applicants" article, which can be found at http://deafcantgetjobs.blogspot.com/2012/11/reasons-employers-wont-hire-deaf-people.html. I would like to say thank you to those who took their time to write and express what they had to say. It's very interesting to see so many different point of views as to why most Deaf folks struggle to find a job. Some of them even change the way I look at myself as a Deaf person and how the hearing society sees Deaf people. The reason I am writing this is because I would like to address and give my two cents to some of those comments.

Some people said that it is not true because Deaf people still want to be on SSI and are too lazy to do anything, or that their attitude and behavior are the reasons employers don't want them. Some of them can't even handle the fact that employers don't want Deaf people just because they are deaf. Others simply said they know someone who is deaf has a good jobokay, but that does not take away the fact that the unemployment and underemployment rates for deaf individuals are still high in the U.S. Economic crisis and recession just make it even worse.

I am not angered or bothered by these comments because I believe each one of us is entitled to our own opinion. There is nothing wrong with speaking your mind. Both agreements and disagreements are very much welcomed here. I am really interested in seeing different opinions and ideas from the rest of you guys, which help me see things in a different perspective.

However, you can't state something without providing some type of evidence to back it up and expect me to just take it as is. A statement without any back-up evidence or fact, to me, is just worthless. As I've said before, I do not have any problems with some people who disagreed with my articles as long as their comments are respectful and intelligible. An angry comment with big caption letters, exclamation mark, and insulting words is simply unacceptable. I do consider that to be bullying and harassment. It's just too immature in my opinion.

What I am noticing is that some of the hearing commenters are more upset than Deaf by the article of "Reasons Employers Won't Hire Deaf Applicants". Why? I don't know. I guess it could be either they are secretly ashamed of the fact that their own people are rejecting Deaf people or... well, actually, I think it's only that. What else could it be? They don't like it when I am telling the truth, but you know what? Face it.

Some hearing people who are upset about the R.E.W.H.D.A. say they know a deaf person, whether it's their spouse, family member, or friend, who has a very good job. Instead of just cursing, how about inviting them over here and share their experience and tips of how they got a good job? Also, since you are hearing and have never been in a deaf person's shoes, who are you to speak on this subject, anyway? What do you really know? Here's an ideawhy don't you just learn some sign language, wear earplugs, go out into the world and see what it's like to be deaf?

That's all I needed to say.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Why Employers Should Hire Deaf Applicants

Most employers think Deaf people generally can't do anything or don't have special skills that employers need for any job except just cleaning the toilet or washing dishes. Employers also believe Deaf people are too much of a burden and they are not strong or smart enough for them. Employers may be wondering how they can hire Deaf people if they can't communicate at work. What are attributes that make Deaf individuals better candidates than their hearing peers?

Well, here are the answers why they really should hire Deaf applicants:

Deaf people are/has...
  • A strong attention to detail. We have an excellent eye for details. Our deafness has heightened our sight as well as the other three remaining senses. We can detect a body language better than anyone else can.
  • A strong motivation and determination. We are very determined about getting things done in timely manner.
  • Hard-working, even more than any hearing employee. We tend to work two or three times harder than anyone else, so we get used to it.
  • Good communication skills. Just because we can't hear doesn't mean we don't have good communication skills. We can communicate through lip-reading, body language, gesture, texting, writing, and email. It's not that hard, nor is it time-consuming. They will help make communication more clearer and understandable than employers would think they would.
  • Quick and accurate thinking. Deafness does not make us stupid. We can think and come up with a solution immediately.
  • Problem-solving skills. Same as #5. No matter how big or small the problem is, we'll always find a way to solve that problem without any delays.
  • Careful and responsible. Any work-related accidents that we have are a rarity.
  • Dependable. We can perform as many duties as employers would expect them to without any accommodations.
  • Good teamwork. We do not have any problem to get along with co-workers, and we contribute to a project just like any other teammate does. With our problem-solving and quick thinking skills, we can help finish up the project easily.
  • Initiative skills. If we see something that needs to be fixed, we are not afraid to take the initiative in making it right.
  • Interpersonal skills. With our experience and knowledge, we understand and know how to deal with people from different backgrounds.
  • Very flexible. We are willing to accept new changes and new challenges.
  • Well-organized. We create task priorities so that everything can be done smoothly with or without stress.
  • If you are wondering how they would communicate on the telephone, we have a videophone service that is available for Deaf and Hard of Hearing like the Sorenson Videophone Relay Service (SVRS) for free. It can be downloaded and installed in the personal computer with a high speed Internet connection and web cam. The Deaf person signs to a sign language interpreter who then calls the hearing person via a standard phone line and relays the conversation between them. No hassles or awkwardness. The SVRS can be used from any device such as a smartphone, iPad, or Tablet.

    In case you are asking yourself how we would talk to customers or clients in person, some of us can speak well, some of us simply write the notes or type on the iPad.

    Some people say we lack a productivity, which is untrue and a myth. We are much more productive than employers would give us credit. Stop underestimating our skills and abilities as a Deaf person.

    If you are an employer who is considering whether or not they would hire a Deaf applicant, please consider that person's skills and qualifications fairly for a job instead of only seeing their hearing loss as an issue. Just don't base your hiring decision on their deafness, which absolutely has nothing to do with how they would perform a job.

    Please share this article everywhere and make sure potential employers see this!

    If you think of anything that I didn't list in this article, you may comment here.

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    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    Charity helps deaf Indians get into the workforce by BBC News





    [Image] After an 18-month course, students are helped to find work. [Image]

    He and hundreds of other deaf people found jobs through the Noida Deaf Society (NDS), a charity that runs a primary school and five employment training centres around the Indian capital.

    At its headquarters in a Delhi suburb, there is almost complete silence, even though several English and computer classes are in full swing.

    All the instructors are hearing-impaired, and sign language is used along with flat-screen TVs and visual aids to conduct lessons.

    "Students are not to use mobile phones in class," reads a sign on the walls.

    "It's not a joke," says Ruma Roka, the charity's founder.

    "Most of these kids have phones and they're communicating with each other through texting, WhatsApp, Facebook or video chat.

    "With one hand they're holding the phone and the other hand they're signing, talking to friends across the country.

    "The teacher often complains to me that the minute he turns to the blackboard, they're chattering away - who's wearing what, who likes who. It's high-energy here."

    See more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26254782

    Disclaimer: this report comes from BBC News. I do not own or claim to own anything relating to this information.

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    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    Teen Fired from Domino for Being Deaf

    Before I start talking, I would like you to read a story (click on that link below) about a 17 years old teen boy who was fired by Domino's manager just because he couldn't hear well over the phone.

    Now, does anyone notice that manager said he wouldn't have hired the boy if he knew he was deaf? That's pure discrimination. What more do you need than what he just said? It's all right there for you to see. Plain & simple.

    Geez, you wonder... "Why do most deaf people have trouble finding a job? Why are they always being overlooked by hiring employers?" Go back & read your answer up there.
    I rest my case.

    Seriously, good verbal communication skills are required in every workplace, which is why our deafness is a big problem for many employers. I am not saying all employers are the same, but their attitude towards deafness is fairly common.

    I have to say that it's easier for managers to fire or not to hire deaf people than it is to provide a simple, reasonable accommodation like an amplified telephone or a videophone relay. It doesn't kill them to do that, does it?

    This is 21st century. There is always a solution in placing a hearing amplifier or videophone, but no, they would rather just fire their deaf employee & then hire someone else who can hear. This is very disappointing because people with disabilities are not given a chance to do the job they are capable of.

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Who you know, not what you know

    Getting your foot in the door can be extremely hard & frustrating. There is some way you can at least get to where you want to be. If you are unemployed for over six months or have no work experience, then it's time for you to start volunteering. Ironically, finding a volunteer opportunity is easier than finding a job. Not being able to find a volunteer work is just no excuse.
     
    Even if any volunteer opportunities of your interest aren't available on the Internet, contact businesses, hospitals, or office buildings and offer some help for free. Keep in mind that volunteering is for you to develop new skills, not for other people who take advantage of your free work. Just think of it as a training program.
     
    Tips you will need:
     
    1. Be sure to ask them to give you assignments that you want to learn or work on. You don't have to accept the ones that are too easy like blowing up the balloons. Who'd want to hire that?
     
    2. Get their names and contact information for your future references. Make sure they will say good things about you.
     
    3. Once you are finished with a volunteering program if you will, ask them if they know anyone who's hiring. That's a key to employment connection. I know it's easier said than done, but you gotta try everything you can think of.
     
    4. You have to have some patience & keep going because it could take a while to find a job. I would really hate to preach, but just have some faith in yourself.
     
    Lastly but not least, ask your friends, your relatives, friends of your relatives, and/or your acquaintances if they know anyone who's hiring. If anyone you know is starting a business, ask them if they need help. They might offer you a job.
     
    Instead of just searching jobs, you need to think about other possibilities. For example, virtual assistant jobs can be the best way to start if things don't work out for you.
     
    I hope that gives you some ideas on what to do with your life.
     

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Charlie Rose: Cochlear Implant & Hearing

    When I was changing channels on a Friday night, I just happened to stumble on Charlie Rose show that discussed cochlear implants & hearing-impaired people. He invited a doctor who received the Lasker Award for contributing to a newer technology of cochlear implant & other people including a 19-year-old man who is implanted to discuss this topic. 

    To see a completed video of Charlie Rose, the "Hearing & Cochlear Implants", go to this link: http://archive.org/details/KQED_20131012_070000_Charlie_Rose

    Personally, I have nothing against CI as well as the parents who want their deaf child to be implanted with cochlear. It's their child, so it's not for me to say what they should do or shouldn't do. The only mistake they would make is if they willingly follow doctor's order without fully researching it first or if they believe there's no assistance available for the deaf.

    My understanding is that it would be easier for the brain of an implanted toddler to develop sound & speech than it would be for adult if they were implanted after adolescence. It still does not mean that someone with CI can hear the same sound quality as natural hearing. It may work for some, it may not work for others. They're still deaf with or without CI. Hearing aids may not work for people with severe hearing loss. That's what I've learned about CI.

    Deaf community has a strong objection against children having CI surgery, & that's fine, too.

    English Problems for Majority of Deaf adults

    My main issue with one of their discussions on Charlie Rose show is about a hearing loss that could prevent you from reading & writing properly in English. It may be true but not completely. I really doubt that deafness has anything to do with a lack of reading & writing skills. I know a couple of deaf people who writes better & far more advanced English than most hearing ones that I have seen. Some of them do not wear CI or even hearing aids.

    The average of reading level for deaf adults is 4th grade. Can they be blamed for not developing English properly as their second language? No, I think not. Why? Because our deaf educational system lacks resources & is full of lazy teachers. I can't speak for every deaf school or department, but I can only speak for mine. Growing up in school, teachers never really challenged deaf students academically. For example, most deaf 8th graders were taught 5th grade-level math even though they have been in school since they were three.

    So, what were teachers teaching deaf students all those years? Why have they slowed them down? Deaf students were way behind their hearing peers on so many academic levels. It's embarrassing.

    Sadly, I had to teach myself how to read & write in English on my own. I had to learn about punctuation, preposition, conjunction, where commas should be inserted, & so on. Honestly, I didn't even know any of those English rules until I started mainstreamed high school.

    It's unfortunate because deaf students can do so much better than what teachers give them a credit for. They are missing out on most of what they are supposed to learn. That's why so many of junior and senior deaf students score so low on SAT & have difficulty getting into a college.

    The point is that deafness has a little to do with reading/writing problems. Teachers just do not give deaf students proper English teaching lessons they need. If I had a deaf child, I would home-school or put her/him in mainstreamed school. That's what I would do to prepare them for their future opportunities.

    I think talking about the errors of deaf education is more important than debating CI because Deaf children deserve the same level of education as hearing, and we should be focusing on it more. 

    OK, that's it for today.

    My questions to people with CI who may be reading this:

    1. Do you feel like you live as a hearing person?
    2. How well do you function in the hearing world?
    3. Does your CI help you understand speech & sound?

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