Accessibility

Wow. Okay. It’s been a while! To be completely honest, I pretty much forgot that I had this blog. This semester started out crazy, and it only got crazier after that (hello, COVID-19). Now, for those of you who don’t know, I just recently started a new job as a communications assistant at a telecommunication relay center. This job has opened my eyes to more of the world of accessibility. I’ve always been pretty passionate about disability advocacy, but I never realized just how far that can spread. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I hadn’t really thought about how necessary these relay services are. I’m so grateful to be working in such an amazing industry.

A little background for those of you who don’t know, telecommunication relay is basically the process that allows Deaf, hard of hearing, and speech disabled individuals to have access to phones in the same way that any hearing person would. I spend my day typing out what a hearing person says and then reading what the Deaf person types back. There are some variations in call types, but this is essentially what it boils down to. I found this job because I’ve known that I want to work in some sort of disability advocacy and it was one of the few places that has remained open throughout the pandemic. It was kind of by chance that I even applied. I never would have guessed how rewarding this job would be.

Tomorrow is my last day of training, and I’ll officially be on the call floor ~alone~ on Wednesday! I can’t wait to see where this job leads me in the future, as I feel that this is a great gateway into the field of disability advocacy. I truly encourage people to look into this field, if only to gain a little more knowledge about the field of accessibility. This is such an important field, and so few people realize just how integral accessibility is. I’ve had insight into the Deaf community and I hardly knew about this field, so I truly hope I can bring at least a little attention to this field. For some more information about the services we offer, here’s the link to my new company’s site.

Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back on here, but thank you for sticking with me! Hopefully the next post won’t be over 6 months in the making. Oops. I’m hoping to post a new short story soon, I just need to make a few edits before it’s ready to go! I’m so excited to continue writing and to learn even more about telecommunication relay and accessibility.

Stay tuned for more updates,

xoxo, second sister suzie

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