Paul J. Berkay


The purpose of this article was to propose a model based on a case study of a Deaf Employment Task Force established in a Fortune 500 corporation. The Task Force was composed of representatives from departments that impacted successful deaf employment. Although progress was slow, major accomplishments were realized. Invalid vocational testing was discontinued for all deaf assembly job applicants. Deaf awareness workshops were administered to supervisors and co-workers of deaf employees on a company- wide basis. Setbacks also occurred. Attendance at meetings was unstable, and the Task Force failed to obtain support from top-level management. Based on this experience, the author proposed a model for a Deaf Employment Task Force in a major corporation. The model's components are based on the successes and failures of this case study.