Program For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing
NOTE: IRI provides private Sorenson video phone stations open to the public. In addition, client intake and provision of services from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program coordinator is done through the Sorenson video phone system.
When a deaf consumer was experiencing discrimination in their workplace, they came to IRI. With the help of an advocate from IRI, they were able to file a complaint through the EEOC. Our advocate went along with the client as they entered mediation with their employer at the EEOC, and in the final settlement, the employer agreed to provide the accommodations the client had been asking for. (The IRI advocate was even able to give additional ideas/suggestions on how to improve the workplace.)
Independent living also requires dealing with a variety of end-of-life issues. A recent workshop on funeral preplanning for people who are deaf and hard of hearing drew an engaged crowd with questions about about wills, living wills, funeral planning, payment plans, and other things to expect in such planning. The speaker was well prepared to deliver information to the audience, and stayed after to answer many questions as the audience asked for clarifications and discussed legal issues.
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