In the United States there are 2.6 million registered nurses (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008).The Department of Labor has predicted that the number of nurses in the workforce will grow by 582,000 to 3.2 million nurses by the year 2018 and that there will be over one million job openings due to growth and replacement needs between 20 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008). The National Center for Educational Statistics reports somewhere around 20,000 deaf and hard of hearing students attend post-secondary educational institutions each year.Schools are also realizing the unique needs of each student and the broad spectrum of services required to meet these needs.Employers are encouraged to contact JAN to discuss specific situations in more detail.
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It is helpful to put some of these practices to use even before they are requested, because even those without hearing loss have different preferences when it comes to communication.
It is also important to discuss a plan for accommodation on a case-by-case basis for new employees who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Workplace accommodation needs for deaf-blind employees will depend on the setting in which individuals will be working, their specific job tasks, and their unique hearing and vision needs.
Typical concerns may include: equal access to information presented in meetings and trainings, effective workplace communication, access to printed materials, computer access, and emergency preparedness.