DIG empowers Deaf and Hard of Hearing Federal Employees to overcome communication barriers, resolve accessibility issues, and promote a fully inclusive work environment through networking and fostering professional growth.
DIG is a national non-profit organization whose purpose is two-fold. It serves as an employee support group for Federal employees who are either Deaf or Hard of Hearing and as a resource organization for the nationwide Federal government.
DIG coordinates and collaborates with external forces such as U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Congress, White House, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), National Association of the Deaf, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, Federal Employees with Disabilities (FEDs), and other entities.
DIG supports and respects all Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals without any regard to communication preferences and degree of hearing disability. It does not endorse which communication methods are appropriate such as sign language, oral method, American Sign Language (ASL) or Signed Exact English (SEE), etc. Rather, it supports a wide spectrum of communication preferences that supports the work performance and needs of D/HH Federal employees on the job. DIG supports all Federal employees with any degree of hearing loss, whether they are profoundly deaf, hard of hearing in one ear or both, late deafened, or deaf-blind individuals.