The only obstacles that I’ve ever encountered have been externally imposed on me. That is to say, I don’t struggle because I’m deaf, but because of our society’s general attitude towards deafness and a lack of accommodations surrounding that.
For that reason, in addition to my core duties at PwC, I have pushed to address accessibility within the firm. As a result, we’ve added standard and live captioning to national webcasts and large, in-person meetings. Accommodations like this are important for building culture and signaling to all employees that they are valued.
I don’t struggle because I’m deaf, but because of our society’s general attitude towards deafness. Brittany Schoen Administrative Support Concierge, PwC
I’m proud of the meaningful relationships I’ve built with firm leadership and my peers, and that they view me as a motivated professional who provides top-notch support to my clients. And I’m grateful that they see me as a valuable team member, and not a valuable deaf team member. PwC has focused on building on my strengths and helped me become an optimistic and impactful leader.