Innovative Inclusion works with companies that employ or interact with Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals during their course of business to create an extraordinary organizational culture that supports diversity, inclusion and communication through ADA compliant accessibility, cultural awareness, and effective communication.
Following the roadmap laid out in our groundbreaking programs, organizations are able to minimize risk and liability, while overcoming any specific challenges associated with providing communication access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in their business. Our clients seek to understand their legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, explore appropriate and affordable accessibility options, and discover the financial and social benefits of working with the more than 20 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals across the United States.
Innovative Inclusion offers ADA compliance consulting, cultural competency workshops for staff and management, employee training materials, and ongoing support services on a national level to ensure success for organizations that have Deaf and Hard of Hearing workforce or clientele.
Innovative Inclusion offers state of the art educational and consulting services to help organizations establish effective communication with Deaf or Hard of Hearing employees and clients, maximize investment in human capital, and take actionable steps that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity. The benefits of accessibility and inclusion extend to every level of an organization, enabling access to a wider customer base while achieving greater productivity and improving job satisfaction.
ADA COMPLIANCE CONSULTING
CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING
WORKPLACE ACCESSIBILITY CONSULTING
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE TRAINING
ADA COMPLIANCE CONSULTING
Clients often share with us the unique challenges they face when it comes to maintaining company-wide ADA compliance, such as procuring reliable communication service providers, ensuring staff members are empowered to provide access that fulfills upon legal obligations, and establishing inclusion practices that make Deaf and Hard of Hearing employees feel like valued members of the team.
The Americans with Disabilities Act has been in place for more than 25 years, guaranteeing Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals the right to equal access in public and private settings such as hospitals, retail, colleges, and places of employment. Any violation of the ADA by an employee or manager can leave a company open to liability. The Innovative Inclusion ADA Compliance Consulting program works in conjunction with relevant stakeholders and committee of Deaf advisors to assist organizations with reducing legal risk and ensuring that their business has all the tools for success when working with Deaf/ HoH customers, clients, or employees.
We offer a simple in-person consultation with an inclusion assessment to assess your communication service needs. We are prepared to work with relevant stakeholders in your business to evaluate your existing structures and assist in implementing streamlined practices moving forward, and we offer ongoing support.
Our company through its services establishes a strong foundation of cultural understanding and effective communication among employees and management to help cultivate diversity and reap the many benefits of a multicultural workplace.
Innovative Inclusion offers a variety of Cultural Competency Training packages to meet the unique needs of your organization. Created in collaboration with our Deaf Advisory Board and led by Deaf and Hard of Hearing professionals, these training sessions are designed to be informative and interactive.
We offer 3 packages that can be tailored to your needs:
90 minute - Basic Deaf Cultural Competency Workshop
3 hour - Intermediate Deaf Cultural Competency Workshop
6 hour - Advanced Deaf Cultural Competency Workshop
Organizations can sometimes struggle to find effective ways to connect with, support, and truly inspire Deaf or Hard of Hearing team members. Innovative Inclusion helps businesses learn to create a welcoming work environment where opinions can be shared and contributions feel valued-- free from communication or cultural barriers.
Under the expert guidance of a diverse team of consultants we’ve identified common pain points for Deaf/ HoH individuals and created systems to help establish a solid foundation of understanding and access on all sides.
Interpreting Agency Referral: When providing sign language interpreting services, it’s important to secure an interpreter with the skills and qualifications to provide an equal level of communication access. Working with an agency that is not reliable or does not ensure qualified interpreters can result in ineffective communication, which does not benefit your organization or the Deaf / HoH consumer. We can provide recommendations to ensure you have access to the best possible services.
CART Services: Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services can be hugely beneficial for Deaf and Hard of Hearing employees during large meetings, workshops, presentations, conferences, or any other group event. Live captioning and transcription service can be an ideal solution for those who are Hard of Hearing, but not ASL users. CART offers simple conversation access for anyone who experiences difficulty with verbal communication.
Innovative Inclusion can help your organization get set up with a reputable CART provider and the technology to easily provide real time captioning whenever needed!
At Innovative Inclusion, we understand cultural competency and equal access to be long-term projects that require a stable foundation and consistent reinforcement. Overcoming prejudice and cultural misunderstanding is an ongoing unlearning and relearning process. Is your team empowered to continue creating an inclusive environment?
Establishing employee resources for internal use at your organization creates a work environment where employees are properly educated and feel supported. Deaf cultural competency resources can be streamlined into your organization’s existing processes to set every team member of your organization up for success.
Deaf cultural competency training resources for all new employees
Steps to hiring an interpreter / CART
Training resources (videos) for Deaf / HoH and hearing employees
In our constantly evolving technological landscape, there are some excellent options available to help welcome Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals to your organization and seamlessly integrate accessibility into everyday interactions!
Innovative Inclusion Technology Consulting helps take the guesswork out of providing access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
Video Relay Service (VRS) Consulting - Get set up with Video Phones and learn how to effectively apply this technology at your business.
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Consulting - Are your staff sufficiently trained on how to use remote interpreting services? Do your employees know when it is appropriate to use VRI, and the limitations of this technology? Ensure your existing systems are compliant and efficient, and learn how to effectively utilize this method to improve communications among individuals at your organization.
Remote CART services - Explore options for remote captioning services and connect with reliable providers to meet the needs of your employees.
There are over 48 million people in the United States living with some level of hearing loss. Lack of access to communication serves as a barrier for many, limiting the inclusion of d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. Taking the extra step to welcome this population demonstrates a commitment to developing an outstanding organizational culture. We believe in the power of language to build connections and create new possibilities.
Discover the exciting 3-dimensional world of visual communication under the leadership of a Deaf individual whose native language is American Sign Language. Explore American Deaf language and culture, as well as history and modern social issues. Learning ASL as a team offers fun challenges, as well as opportunity for growth and connection.
Innovative Inclusion ASL Training sessions can be customized to meet the size and needs of your organization, including specialized vocabulary and terminology. Learn just the basics with one group session, or continue on to greater fluency.
We currently offer:
90 min session - up to 20 participants
90 min session - up to 40 participants
Three 90 min session package - up to 20 participants
Three 90 min session package - up to 40 participants
Captioning is one of the most common accommodations for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and it is a service that frequently benefits everyone! Even those without notable hearing loss can miss a spoken word or even a whole sentence. Captioning reduces the guesswork and helps your video content reach a wider audience.
Innovative Inclusion offers captioning service for: