The COVID-19 pandemic and deaf participation in meetings in the academic workplace

Autor/a: KUSTERS, Annelies; ADAM, Robert; FLETCHER, Marion; QUINN, Gary
Año: 2020
Editorial: Acadeafic
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Comunidad y cultura sorda, Medios de comunicación y acceso a la información » Accesibilidad, Medios de comunicación y acceso a la información » Aspectos laborales


In the “great confinement” due to the COVID-pandemic, deaf people’s participation when working with interpreters in workplace settings is compromised in a number of ways. Meetings are now held online by default, with people using audio and or video connections on online platforms such as Microsoft Teams. Meeting online may be a frequent or even standard practice after lockdowns are relaxed, due to new “waves” of the pandemic leading to further lockdowns, or simply because it becomes a “new normal” when people get used to it.

In this blog we discuss the practice of online meetings for deaf staff who work with interpreters in universities; the use of different platforms (Teams and Zoom) for these meetings; and how institutional policies surrounding the use of such platforms can lead to the exclusion of deaf staff. Our reason for honing in on Teams and Zoom is because of how universities contract out provision of platforms: Teams is widely used by universities for internal communication such as themed message boards, chats, sharing of files, and … meetings.