Faced with widespread, chronic unemployment, but also benefiting from improvements in communication technology, deaf people are creating their own businesses and pushing employers to become more deaf and sign-language friendly, National Public Radio reports.
In Maryland alone, according to NPR, there are now more than 75 deaf-owned businesses, and Kelby Brick, director of the Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, says this "deaf ecosystem" is growing rapidly.
Around the country, deaf-owned businesses are popping up — including Mozzeria, a California pizza restaurant; Deaf Friendly, a Yelp-like platform that directs users to bartenders who sign, or places that play the music loud enough; or DeafTax.com, which provides tax preparation services in American Sign Language.
Deaf-owned businesses hire deaf people, creating more opportunity and economic security.
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