Approximately 1 in 5 students with a disability in the 28 college-Florida College System is a MDC student (MDC Institutional Research Department).
Most professional kitchens are noisy places filled with loud talk, banging pots, popping hot oil, knives chopping and water running. It is all part of the soundscape, but for Joselyn Escobar, the first deaf student at MDC Miami Culinary Institute, it is a whole different world. She is typically busy watching demos from her instructors and focusing on the hands of her sign language interpreter who dexterously communicates about a range of ingredients,techniques and recipes (Riera, 2017).
Some individuals will identify themselves as deaf or hard of hearing immediately. In that case, let the individual tell you the means of communication that works best for him.
Other individuals may be reluctant to identify themselves as deaf or hard of hearing. In that case, if you see an individual who tilts his head toward you when you are speaking, speaks more loudly than usual, or just doesn't seem to understand you, he may not be able to hear you clearly.
Patience and careful attention are the keys to communication, regardless of the preferred method.
The profound impact of technology on the lives and identities of young deaf adults is explored in The Listening Project. Fourteen deaf people tell stories beginning with a childhood wide-eyed about sound, into their growing pains of adolescence and, eventually, their professional lives.
The interpreter will probably be a few words behind the speaker.
If prompted for a login, enter your MDC username and password.