Applying for jobs when you are deaf/HoH
Those of us who are deaf/HoH and work in academia have to consider at what point in the process of applying for jobs we should reveal our deafness. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers in the United States are prohibited from discriminating against job applicants with disabilities. However, not all countries offer similar protections. Even in the U.S., many worry that unconscious or conscious bias can taint the work of search committees. Please answer the survey below to help The Mind Hears collate the collective knowledge and experience of deaf/HoH academics.

The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. All answers will be combined into a The Mind Hears blog post, which can serve as a guide for all of us navigating the tricky landscape of the job market. Quotes will be posted anonymously. Please feel free to submit multiple responses if you have gone through the job application process multiple times. The survey will be available until July 18, 2019.

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1. At what point in your job application for a professional position have you chosen to reveal your deafness?
2. What factors played a role in choosing this time?
Your answer
3. What accommodations have you requested during job interviews, and how have these requests been received?
Your answer
4. If you did reveal your deafness during your job search, how did you choose to communicate this while reassuring search committees of your suitability for the job?
Your answer
5. What is your current job position?
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Optional: What strategies do you primarily employ for effective communication (click all that apply)?
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