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Workplace & Accommodation Assessments

Workplace & Accommodation Assessments

Nearly 25% of adult Canadians say they experience some hearing loss. A whopping 10% identify as being Deaf or hard of hearing. That number soars to 50% for those who are 65 years of age and over. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that most businesses have at least one employee who is either Deaf or hard of hearing.

Businesses in Alberta need to ensure that they are providing a work environment that fosters the greatest chance of success for employees who are deaf or hard of hearing. A workplace and accommodation assessment can help determine if your business has any barriers. It will also help create a work environment that is more open and understanding of what it means to be deaf or hard of hearing.

What’s Involved in a Workplace Assessment?

A workplace assessment takes place on-site, or with recent safety protocols, via phone or video chat, with the employee and perhaps a manager.  A consultant will speak to the employee about their job and what it entails, the working environment, and any hurdles they may be facing. They may even test different assistive products to see what could make their work environment more accommodating.

What Happens Next?

After the assessment, the employer will be given a follow-up report that highlights different ways the workplace can be improved and create an environment where everyone can communicate and actively participate. Everyone has unique needs, so the recommendations will vary from employee to employee.

Alternate forms of communication or assistive products could be recommended depending on the situation.  These may include the use of phone amplifiers, telephone headsets, voice-to-text phones, wireless microphones, and background noise reducers.

Book a Workplace Assessment with Deaf & Hear Alberta

For more information or to make an appointment, contact us by:

Email: equipment@deafandhearalberta.ca
Voice or VRS:  403-284-6200 ext. 3

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