ERIC Number: ED341211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
A Proposed Model for a Deaf Employment Task Force in a Major Corporation.
Berkay, Paul J.
This paper describes the Deaf Employment Task Force established at a Fortune 500 corporation in Southern California and proposes a model for developing such a task force at other corporations. The task force consisted of an average of 15 managerial and professional individuals, representatives of a deaf employee support group, and a deaf employment specialist. The task force established the following projects during its first year: a research program on vocational testing for assembly positions; hiring of a full time certified interpreter for the deaf; presentation of deaf awareness workshops; establishment of a monthly deaf support group; and provision of an American Sign Language Course. Additional projects were proposed or began development. Communication with management was found most effective when concern for the corporation (such as concern for litigation and adverse publicity) was the main emphasis. Also effective was gradual involvement of deaf individuals on the Task Force to minimize resistance of hearing members. The proposed model presents 18 recommended components such as sanctioning of the Task Force by upper management, addressing legal requirements, inviting deaf employee participation, leadership of the Task Force by an individual knowledgeable about the deaf culture, and avoidance by deaf Task Force members of controversial activities. Includes 7 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness (21st, Charleston, SC, November 1991).