Uber and a nonprofit serving the hearing-impaired are teaming up on a program to draw more deaf people into the ride-hailing company's driver ranks, writes The Washington Post. The firm's partnership with Communication Service for the Deaf aims to boost employment opportunities for the hard of hearing, 70 percent of whom are jobless or under-employed nationwide.
The charity develops technology to build bridges between the hearing and hearing-impaired. The group is spending more than $1 million on the driver effort, which will include online Uber video guides in American Sign Language and job fairs in areas with large deaf populations, including San Francisco, Austin, and Washington. Uber declined to specify its investment but said it aims to be a leader in offering the hearing-impaired ways to earn a "flexible living." It adopted accessibility features for deaf drivers last year.