HLAA Webinar: The Job Accommodation Network (JAN): Your Partner in Employment

February 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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When: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Time: 7-8 p.m. (ET) 

This webinar continues a series by HLAA’s Task Force on Employment. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues. Serving customers across the United States and around the world for more than 35 years, JAN provides free one-on-one practical guidance and technical assistance on job accommodation solutions, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. In this session, Teresa Goddard, JAN’s lead sensory consultant, will address the following questions:

  • What is JAN?
  • What resources are available from JAN (website, handouts, consultation, etc.)?
  • How can JAN help people with hearing loss who are looking for work?
  • How can JAN help people with hearing loss who are currently working (e.g., stay employed, increase performance, decrease stress/isolation, etc.)?
  • How can JAN help HR professionals and employers (e.g., finding accommodations, training, etc.)?

Note: The views expressed in this webinar do not imply an endorsement or recommendation by HLAA.


Teresa Goddard joined the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) staff as a program assistant in March 2008, joined the JAN Motor Team as a consultant in August 2008 and then transitioned to JAN’s Sensory Team. Teresa now provides expert level consultation and team leadership as a lead consultant on JAN’s Sensory Team. In this role, Teresa fields questions from employees and employers regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and assists in identifying accommodation solutions for individuals with sensory impairments. Teresa’s professional experience includes work as an educational speech-language pathologist and as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructor in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, where in addition to classroom teaching, she led continuing education workshops on collaborative instructional techniques and cross-cultural understanding. Teresa earned a master’s degree in Speech Pathology and a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University (WVU). Teresa’s research interests include assistive technology, trauma informed practices and cross-cultural perspectives on disability services.


David Baldridge, Ph.D., is a deafened, cochlear implant user. Dr. Baldridge is a long-time HLAA member, and a member of the HLAA Task Force on Employment. He is a Toomey Faculty Fellow and professor of management at Oregon State University. He has researched the workplace experiences of people with hearing loss for more than 20 years, published more than 25 articles and book chapters and made more than 100 conference and workshop presentations. His research has appeared in Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of International Business, Oxford Press and NTID Press books, and other leading management outlets. Please see his website for more information: https://business.oregonstate.edu/users/david-baldridge.

Kelly Tremblay, Ph.D., has a 30-year history of serving and advocating for people with hearing loss as a clinical audiologist and tenured professor. In addition to being a member of the HLAA Board of Directors, she leads the HLAA Task Force on Employment. Dr. Tremblay retired from the University of Washington in 2019, where she taught audiology students how to prevent, assess and treat hearing loss, and where she led a research team as the director of the brain and behavior laboratory. She remains very active by judging research applications for the National Institutes of Health, teaching at multiple universities as an adjunct and affiliate professor, and serving as an adviser to multiple government and nonprofit organizations, including the World Health Organization. Because she loves mentoring, she extends expertise beyond the walls of academia and serves as an executive coach for those who are committed to accessibility and healthy aging.

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