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Factors for Professional Success–What Deaf Education Can Learn from Deaf and Hard of Hearing People who are Successful in Their Career

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A study involving 32 adult persons who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) and successful in their jobs explored the key factors for their success. The results revealed that, in particular, social and personal competencies (soft skills) are important. These soft skills include self-confidence, patience, interest, motivation, ability to communicate, and capacities for teamwork as well as a positive attitude to life. The interviewees mentioned these skills in addition to corresponding professional expertise related to their job (hard skills). Further, social support systems in various phases of life (family, friends, colleagues, etc.) are also of great importance for the respondents who are DHH, as well as having specific support (assistance, sign language interpreter, captioner, etc.) and technical support (hearing aids, cochlear implants, frequency-modulated support systems, etc.) were considered helpful. Potential consequences regarding educational opportunities for toddlers and students who are DHH are discussed, in particular for early intervention services and for deaf education.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2018

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  • Established in 1899, The Volta Review is the peer-reviewed journal of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing that supports children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language and the professionals that support them. This 115-year-old peer-reviewed journal publishes the latest research in speech and language development, hearing technology, early intervention, hearing health care and professional development, among other topics. Its readership includes teachers of students who have hearing loss; professionals in the fields of education, speech-language pathology, audiology, language, otology, medicine, technology, and psychology; parents of children who have hearing loss; and adults who have hearing loss.
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