NEW YORK, March 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- A vast majority of hearing Americans – 72 percent - have little to no
CSD commissioned a survey of hearing Americans to examine baseline perceptions of and attitudes toward the Deaf community. The quantitative study, administered by Dynata (formerly Research Now SSI), was an online Census-balanced panel of 500 adults 18-years-old or older who self identified as hearing.
CSD's survey examines attitudes, perceptions and experiences among hearing Americans about the Deaf community on several key issues: labels and definitions; personal experiences; communication and responsibilities; career options; leadership; and workplace impact. Key survey questions include: Would you vote for a Deaf U.S. President? Would you recommend hiring a Deaf person? Can a Deaf person be CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a pilot, trucker and lifeguard? Would you allow a Deaf doctor to deliver your baby?
"With more than 70% of Deaf people either unemployed or underemployed, there is no issue more critical than the elimination of ongoing biases and misperceptions about who Deaf people are and what we are capable of achieving," said Christopher Soukup, CEO of CSD. "Inexperience with and ignorance of any community form a bedrock for both overt and unconscious biases. Now, more than ever, it is time to unite and create clear pathways for Deaf success."
Deaf Workers Offer Different and Beneficial Perspectives
While CSD's survey reveals several startling findings (see below), it also unveils some positive indicators:
However, the vast majority of hearing Americans consider being Deaf a "communication disadvantage" and are unlikely to "absolutely" believe in the professional abilities or general life success of Deaf individuals:
Deaf U.S. President or Fortune 500 CEO?
According to CSD, biases about Deaf people seem to be apparent when people are asked to imagine placing their trust in a Deaf person's capability, for example, of being U.S. President or a Fortune 500 CEO. This is the case despite Deaf individuals meeting specific job requirements and qualifications or a Deaf presidential candidate aligning with a hearing person's political values and beliefs.
Vast Majority of Hearing Americans Don't Know Few Words of Sign Language
Additional key survey findings of note:
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SOURCE Communication Service for the Deaf
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