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employment-needs-deaf-communityThe Centre for Skills Development & Training, the Canadian Hearing Society of Peel and the Halton Social Planning Council partnered to develop and conduct a research study that would assist in understanding the employability and employment needs of the deaf community. This study focuses on deaf persons who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their major means of communication. This sector of the population constitutes a cultural and linguistic minority within our society. The study looks into both the problems deaf people encounter in finding work and the problems and challenges they face in maintaining stable employment. The research was conducted with the participation of members of the deaf community, business leaders with experience in hiring deaf employees, and a broad range of community organizations. The information from this study is integral for policy analysts and service providers in ensuring that persons who are deaf and hard of hearing have access to relevant, high quality services.

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