Symmetry Solutions connects employers with job seekers who are Deaf and hard of hearing.
Considering people from a variety of backgrounds expands the candidate pool and helps employers find the best person for the job. Diverse employees bring different experiences, perspectives and talents that enrich any company.
Symmetry Solutions provides services to foster a positive and successful employment relationship between employers and their employees.
Mediators can help efficiently resolve workplace issues. A neutral mediator creates a framework that ensures an effective process to discuss issues, clear up misunderstandings, find common ground and ultimately come to an agreement that satisfies both the employer and employee.
Using the right strategy when communicating with a Deaf and hard of hearing person makes communication easier. Ask which communication strategy works best for them. Printing and distributing communication tip sheets to educate hearing staff will help everyone feel comfortable and confident.
For some Deaf people, American Sign Language (ASL) is their first language. English is their second language; it is difficult for them to translate to and from English. It is much easier for them to communicate using ASL.
Working with an ASL interpreter is the most appropriate strategy to communicate with Deaf people who use ASL as their first language. Booking an interpreter for job interviews, meetings, training sessions and other events will ensure the Deaf person has good access to information.
Many Deaf and hard of hearing people rely on speechreading in everyday conversation.
Speechreading requires intense concentration and is exhausting, and at least 70% is guesswork because many words are impossible to read.
Make speechreading easier by following a few tips:
- Get the Deaf person’s attention before you start speaking
- Face the Deaf or hard of hearing person
- Talk at a natural pace
- Use natural gestures
- Use short sentences and get to the point
- Write things down (but please do not rely on it)
- Indicate a change of topic
- Keep background noise to a minimum
- Check in to make sure the Deaf person is understanding you
- Learn a few basic signs and finger spelling and use them
Speechreading is very difficult when you:
- Speak quickly
- Turn away or move around while speaking
- Cover your mouth
- Speak with a bright light or window behind you