Agency Enhances Aid to Entrepreneurs Who Are Deaf Small business owners who are deaf can now communicate with staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Through a new initiative, SBA staffers fluent in American Sign Language use videophone technology to advise people with hearing loss how to start and grow their enterprises. More than 335,000 Americans who ... News in Brief
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Agency Enhances Aid to Entrepreneurs Who Are Deaf
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News in Brief   |   September 01, 2015
Agency Enhances Aid to Entrepreneurs Who Are Deaf
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.20092015.13
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.20092015.13
Small business owners who are deaf can now communicate with staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Through a new initiative, SBA staffers fluent in American Sign Language use videophone technology to advise people with hearing loss how to start and grow their enterprises.
More than 335,000 Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing already own their own business, according to the SBA. This figure also indicates that people with hearing loss are nearly twice as likely to become entrepreneurs when compared to the population at large.
The SBA is the second federal agency—the Federal Communications Commission was the first—to provide videophone services directly to people with hearing loss in their native language.
To use the service, call 855-440-4960.
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