Effective Workplace Accommodations for Employees Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

March 15, 2017


As an agency of the U. S. Department of Labor, The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only federal agency that coordinates with employers and all levels of government to promote policies that increase employment for people with disabilities and workplace success. ODEP focuses on policy and practice. The introductory presentation will provide an overview of ODEP and what it does.

Real life accommodation examples from Job Accommodation Network (JAN) case data include a variety of accommodation solutions illustrating effective use of AT in a broad range of work settings. JAN provides one-on-one consultation about all aspects of job accommodation, including the accommodation process, effective accommodation options, funding sources for accommodations, product information, disability awareness, and legal rights and responsibilities. This presentation will include examples of accommodation scenarios involving employees who are deaf or hard of hearing and will provide information regarding reasonable accommodation and assistive technology options including video remote interpreting, and other technology based communication supports, as well as other resources.


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Chuck Conaty

Business Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Chuck Conaty joined ODEP in December 2002 and currently oversees contracts that support ODEP’s communications and outreach activities as well as coordinates key ODEP alliances. Chuck also manages ODEP’s online clearinghouse to fulfill customer requests for disability-related materials and gathers and analyzes ODEP outreach data. Before joining ODEP in December... Read More >

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Teresa Goddard

Sensory Team Lead Consultant, Job Accommodation Network

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.... Read More >