Local man leads effort to expand deaf-owned businesses
For one group of entrepreneurs, technology may be the great equalizer.
Deaf people across the country are more likely to be unemployed, not get hired and either leave or lose a job due to discrimination, but Charlottesville’s Dominic Lacy says new technologies are leveling the playing field.
Lacy is the chief innovation officer for Communication Service for the Deaf, the nation’s largest deaf-led social impact organization. He also leads the Austin, Texas-based nonprofit’s social venture fund, which acts as an incubator for deaf persons starting up their own businesses and supports businesses that focus on hiring deaf persons.