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.


Job Coaching

Symmetry Solutions coaches Deaf and hard of hearing employees in communication and problem-solving strategies to support good relations with co-workers and supervisors.

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Equipment

Adaptive technology such as the Video Relay Service can help Deaf and hard of hearing people integrate seamlessly into the workplace. Symmetry Solutions works with employers and employees to help evaluate their needs.

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Mediation

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.

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Communication Workshop

This workshop targets hearing employees, covering communication strategies, technology for the workplace, Deaf culture and basic signs and finger spelling. An information session can be scheduled at a time and location convenient for the employer.

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 COMMUNICATION WORKSHOPS, COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES, TECHNOLOGY FOR WORKPLACE.

Communication Strategies

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.


Sign Language

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.

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speechreading

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
  • Smile
  • Relax

Speechreading is very difficult when you:

  • Shout
  • Speak quickly
  • Turn away or move around while speaking
  • Cover your mouth
  • Speak with a bright light or window behind you