<p>Ten Deaf professionals were interviewed about their perspectives on resilience risk and protective factors that affect career success. Thematic analysis revealed four main risk factors, all related to inequalities: (a) audism and linguistism; (b) networking challenges; (c) working harder than hearing peers; and, (d) promotion limitations. The Deaf community was described as a resilience protective factor that counters the work-related risk factors because it provides: (a) social support; (b) role models; and, (c) “Deaf can” optimism. The results have important implications for vocational rehabilitation, education and counseling programs as they highlight the protective factors Deaf employees need for work-related resilience.</p>
The authors wish to thank Jessica Contreras for her help in coordinating logistics, Kailea Colayori and Doney Oatman for aiding with the transcription process, Nikki Cherry for proofreading drafts, and the Deaf professionals who participated in this study. National Technical Institute for the Deaf Innovation Fund supported this study.