Congratulations Chance!

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In the first few years of life, hearing is a critical part of a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. Even a mild or partial hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to speak and understand language.

Hearing loss is a common birth defect, affecting about 1 to 3 out of every 1,000 babies. In some cases, hearing loss is caused by things like infections, trauma, and damaging noise levels, and the problem does not emerge until later in childhood.

Hearing is critical to speech and language development, communication, and learning. Hearing loss can cause delays in the development of receptive and expressive communication skills (speech and language); language deficit resulting in challenged academic achievement; social isolation and poor self-esteem. All of this can have an impact on vocational choices.


Chance Martin has been hearing impaired since he was a child. He attended the Oregon School for the Deaf in High School where he excelled and participated in sports including varsity football. He attended junior college in Folsom, CA and has had some retail experience. He reads lips and makes good use of technology and signing to communicate, but he found both communication and right fit challenging in the job market.

Chance was referred to PRIDE Industries where he began working in contract packaging and assembly. He earned a paid internship through PRIDE Industries Foundation, and was tapped for a part time opportunity providing call center service support on one of PRIDE’s contracts where he truly proved his value. Like many young adults, he takes to technology and systems quickly. Without hearing distractions, he was outperforming his peers and processing upwards of 150 service orders a shift. His workstation was physically located among our team members working on the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) project. They took notice of his work ethic and were clearly impressed with his results.

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PRIDE Industries Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) staff

When the call center work ended, PRIDE’s team at AOC swooped in. On Monday, March 3, 2014, Chance became a full-time employee of PRIDE Industries, providing administrative support to the AOC team including data entry and document preparation among other duties. His technical skills are a huge plus for this data driven team – and he clearly fits right in!

Successes like Chance’s do not happen without great people behind the scenes. John Edwards, Job Coach, Tammie Weseman, Production Supervisor, Chris Schau, Case Manager, Diana Erickson, Rehab Services Manager, and Tony Capasso, Regional Contracts Manager. All played a role in creating the opportunity for Chance to shine.

Congratulations Chance! You earned it!

2 thoughts on “Congratulations Chance!

  1. Pingback: Hiring People with Disabilities | PRIDE Industries

  2. What a beautiful story. Chance, you are awesome. Keep up the great work. I was very impressed with your success story. Lisa Schmidt (a parent of two young people who attend Pride).

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