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Marc Marschark, Venetta Lampropoulou, and Emmanouil K. Skordilis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190493073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190493073.001.0001

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21st-Century Deaf Workers

21st-Century Deaf Workers

Going Beyond “Just Employed” to Career Growth and Entrepreneurship

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(p.473) 17 21st-Century Deaf Workers
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Diversity in Deaf Education
Author(s):

Ronald R. Kelly

Andrew B. Quagliata

Richard DeMartino

Victor Perotti

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190493073.003.0017

As the labor market continues to evolve, how will deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) people adapt to changes in the workplace and take advantage of new employment opportunities, careers, and entrepreneurship? Although much is known about DHH individuals’ employment, job/career satisfaction, and the related financial benefits of increased education, there is also the DHH dilemma of being educated and employed, but limited in career growth. What factors influence educational attainment, employment, career growth, and entrepreneurship? More important, workplace communication must go beyond access considerations to DHH individuals’ personal responsibility and initiative to adapt communicatively with coworkers, management, and different customer or client target audiences. In the 21st-century work reality, there are a number of current drivers for DHH entrepreneurship, but also a DHH disconnect between entrepreneurial desire and reality. Will the continued expansion of digital business, technologies, and online marketing provide DHH people increased job opportunities? All these topics are examined.

Keywords:   career advancement, career growth, deaf, digital business, digital communication technology, employment, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, hard of hearing, online marketing, workplace communication

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