deaf@work: FLORENCE

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Aloha from Hawaii! Florence thanks the Summer Employment for Youth program for helping her have different job experiences which led her to where she is today. #DeafAtWork

[VIDEO DESC & TRANSCRIPT: Florence is standing in their office in front of their desk with a computer. The NAD logo is transparent in the bottom right corner.

FLORENCE: In high school, I met with a counselor and explained that I really wanted to have some job experience. My counselor recommended a program called Summer Employment for Youth. My first assignment was in a hospital as an office clerk, I did that for two summers while I was in school. Then, when I started studying at Gallaudet University, I knew I wanted to work on campus so I got a job at the payroll office — I handled paychecks and filing. So, I had experienced different jobs. Eventually, I did an internship as a Computer Assistant, which I later realized that job wasn’t my thing. Thanks to my internship experience, I found out I didn’t want to fix things on computers, I liked being in office — and that’s how I ended up here where I work as an Education Technician! I work in an office with other people.

Black and white clip of Florence seated at their desk working on the computer. In the center, a white border surrounds white text “FLORENCE” underneath, appears in white text “TECHNICAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR.”

FLORENCE: Hello! My name is Florence Guzman-Rapozo.

Black and white close up clip of Florence’s hands typing on a keyboard at the desk.

FLORENCE: I was born in the Philippines and moved to Maui where I grew up. Growing up, I went to a hearing school and did not sign. I was oral and I did not have an interpreter, I relied on myself to learn in class. I graduated from Gallaudet University with Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Information System and Business Administration. I did my internship with the U.S. Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C. for a couple of months. They offered me a full time job — I was able to negotiate a transfer to work for them in Hawaii, and that’s where I’ve been since 1999!

Black and white clip of Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies plague on a wall.

FLORENCE: My job is under the U.S. Government Department of Defense Academic Institute for both Government Civilians and Military Fellows who come to take classes — I make sure the courses are up and running, while working with professors.

Black and white clip of Florence calling someone on their video phone at the right part of her desk.

FLORENCE (in a lighted hallway with posters): I coordinate with professors for guest speakers to come — we’ve had guest speakers from Harvard University, Georgetown University and Yale University! Their knowledge is related to security studies, so we bring them here to present about specific topics.

Black and white clip of an entryway with flags and glass windows.

FLORENCE (in her office): When it comes to communication access or when I need accommodations, I always show them the American Disabilities Act (ADA). They must know it is important for them to follow the law. I always have copies to share.

Black and white clip of Florence on a video phone call with someone on their screen.

FLORENCE: I remember being in high school and saw a poster promoting different available jobs — don’t wait until college to start your career search. Start as young as 14 years old!

Black and white clip of Florence working at their desk on the computer. White text appears at the bottom center, “As soon as you become a college student, visit your career counselor and ask them what jobs fit your interests — they will help plan out your courses accordingly. Planning ahead could lead you to possible internship opportunities!” Light blue text “- Florence” and a light blue line outlines the left side of the text.

FLORENCE: Internships are a great networking opportunity. The more interactions you have with people — the more you connect with. This is important because these people can connect you to a future job. If you know someone at a company, that person could help get your foot in the door. That “pull” creates more opportunities!

Black and white clip of the exterior of the building Florence works in with palm trees.

FLORENCE (outside in front of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies building): I like my job because they’re very open to hiring people with disabilities. It is important to get a Schedule A when you’re looking for a job!

Black and white clip of Florence seated at their desk working on the computer. Video cuts to a dark blue background. Red alphabet letters of “N-A-D” in American Sign Language appears one by one in the center of the video. The copyright text appears in white underneath, “National Association of the Deaf, Copyright 2020, All Rights Reserved”.]

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