June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Minorities in Engineering
The university of interest operates an R&D center that encourages students and faculty to develop and test prototypes of devices to benefit individuals with diverse abilities. During the 2017-18 academic year, the R&D center hired fifteen deaf students employees in STEM and design fields to work on a suite of projects that investigate, evaluate and report on the most effective and efficient use of innovative access and inclusive technologies. Numerous prototypes directly resulted from the creative work of deaf students which was thoroughly vetted by subject matter experts, many of whom are deaf. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act require employers to make reasonable accommodations for deaf employees. This paper describes how an R&D center focusing on accessibility for deaf part-time and full-time co-op employees, provides students the inclusive opportunity to experience the same equal benefits and privileges of being in a “hearing” employment.
Per focus group interviews of university student employees, the research team analyzed the responses of the interviewees and identified patterns. Descriptions of students’ reflections of their work experiences will be presented, along with the discovery of themes prevalent to the characteristics of a good employer abiding the ADA and Section 501.
Based on the review of the literature and preliminary research findings noted, an employment guideline for employers hiring Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) employees will be developed and disseminated. It will include, but not be limited to, effective ways to communicate between DHH employees and their hearing co-workers, different ways to overcome cultural differences, and ways to become a quality advocate of co-workers.
Dannels, W. A., & Campbell, C., & Trager, B., & Behm, B. (2019, June), Relying on Sight as the Primary Sense: Employing Deaf Students in STEM and Design Fields Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33236
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