Working with organisations to create workplaces that are supportive of Deaf and hard of hearing employees and customers and prioritise hearing health.
Hearing loss affects 11% of New Zealand’s workforce and that number is on the rise.
If your organisation isn’t taking proactive steps to create an inclusive and accessible experience for Deaf and hard of hearing staff and customers, then you are likely missing out on valuable interactions.
Given 1 in 6 New Zealanders are Deaf or hard of hearing, becoming more hearing aware is an important aspect of any organisations wellbeing strategy.
We help employers:
Create inclusive workplaces for Deaf & hard of hearing employees
Identify the risk of noise-induced hearing loss & take practical steps to minimise risks
Understand the link between hearing loss and mental health
Start by choosing one of our four incredible workshops. Workshops are one hour long and are delivered in person or virtually to your team by NFDHH and partners.
On-site hearing screenings are also included as part of your first workshop.
Check out our workshops below or download our workshop brochure.
Become Hearing Accredited
1 in 6 New Zealanders are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Hearing Accredited Workplaces are organisations that recognise and value Deaf and hard of hearing employees and customers.
Transform your workplace today by joining the Hearing Accredited Workplace Programme.
Hearing Awareness Journey
Start your hearing awareness journey. Understand the impact of hearing loss and some of the common misconceptions.
Discover how we hear, how to stay within your weekly sound allowance and how to make hearing health a priority in your workplace.
Learn about the practical steps your workplace can implement today to accommodate Deaf and hard of hearing employees and customers.
1-hour interactive team workshop delivered by NFDHH and partners.
Deaf Awareness and an Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language
Deaf culture is the set of social beliefs, behaviors, history and values that are shared by communities that are influenced by deafness and which use sign language as their primary means of communication.
This is your team’s opportunity to learn about Deaf culture and the basics of New Zealand Sign Language.
1-hour workshop learning from experts in New Zealand Sign Language.
Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Customers
Over 880,000 New Zealanders are Deaf or hard of hearing. What accessibility strategies does your organisation have in place to support these customers?
In this workshop we walk you through some of the common barriers faced by your Deaf and hard of hearing customers and explore practical tools that help to remove them as well as some basics of New Zealand Sign Language, such as how to fingerspell, introduce yourself in sign and some useful greetings and everyday phrases.
1-hour interactive team workshop delivered by NFDHH.
Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Employees
Over 330,000 working age New Zealanders are Deaf or hard of hearing and this number is expected to double over the next 30 years.
This workshop is a fantastic opportunity for your organisation to become more inclusive of Deaf and hard of hearing employees.
It is a chance for the whole team to learn about hearing loss aware communication in typical workplace scenarios as well as some basics of New Zealand Sign Language, such as how to fingerspell, introduce yourself in sign and some useful greetings and everyday phrases.
1-hour interactive team workshop delivered by NFDHH.
Align Your Inclusivity Strategy
A lack of hearing loss awareness can lead to communication barriers between your team and between you and your customers. The Hearing Accredited Workplace Programme is an initiative that provides practical tools and training to assist organisations to be more hearing aware and to be supportive of employees who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Hearing loss currently affects around 11% of New Zealand's workforce and this number is increasing. According to the World Health Organisation, current levels of hearing loss are expected to double over the next three decades.
Align your disability and inclusion strategy by becoming a Hearing Accredited Workplace. Your organisation will be in a stronger position to retain experienced staff, gain access to a new talent pool and attract new customers.
Want to know more? Request a call from our Programme Manager.
Sign up for this programmme
Case Study: Heartland
"Heartland is committed to fostering a workplace where all people feel welcome and able to bring their whole self to work. Through working with the National Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Heartland aims to begin breaking down any communication barriers within the organisation and with customers." says Keira Billot from Heartland.
Case Study: Auckland University of Technology
"AUT believes that diversity doesn’t stick without inclusion. Inclusion without diversity can make an organisation stagnant and uncreative. Both aspects of diversity and inclusion are important. This is why AUT focuses on efforts to create and build an inclusive workplace culture where every employee feels they belong, that they matter, and that they can bring their whole self to work. The Hearing Accredited Workplace Programme (HAWP) has given AUT an opportunity to examine our workplace through a new lens and better understand what is working well, and highlight areas of improvements."