Deaf People and Employment in the United States: 2016

Employment is the most commonly used metric for success in the United States today. When you meet a new person, one of the first few questions asked is typically, "So, what do you do?" Vast amounts of federal funding are earmarked for employment training, placement, and rehabilitation programs across the country. To assess the needs of a specific population, we often use employment data as an outcome measure. Despite positive postsecondary enrollment trends and improvements in legal policies surrounding access, anti-discrimination, and the workforce, particularly through the Americans With Disabilities Act, employment outcomes for deaf adults remain mixed, and the data appears to vary widely across sources.