Graduate project

The effects of automation on deaf printers in the Los Angeles area

The purpose of this project is to shed light on the effects of automation on deaf printers, not only in the local area but nationwide. Printing has been one of the best occupation for the deaf. There has been a multitude of innovations in the printing industry in recent years, and they have diminished chances for the deaf to find employment in the, future printing industry. The automation being used in most of the printing establishments across the country should change the picture of printing as one of the prime vocations taught in most of the residential schools for the deaf and in vocational schools and community colleges having printing in their curriculum programs. Printing known as hot type has become obsolete because of its slowness in going from a typed copy to the finished product from a reporter's copy. Individual responses pointed out certain feelings by the printers presently at the trade on the outcome of their future in printing, whether they stay in the trade or take up another vocation. They also pointed that printing is becoming an obsolete trade for the deaf unless they take up Photocomposition has already put many printers in a threatened position where they have to be retrained on how to operate the new electronic printing equipment. The review of literature brought out evidence of the dangers of automation in areas other than printing, that could deprive blue collar workers of work and earning a living. The procedure used in finding data on automation was to make use of two different sets of questionnaires which were used to find out whether or not automation has something to do with their concerns regarding retraining in their present jobs. The interviews covered most of the deaf printers living in the Los Angeles area as well as some former printers now in different vocations. This project can be used as a good source of data reflecting automation now becoming widespread all over the nation. The data can also help to shape the vocational programs in the residential schools, technical vocational institutes, or community colleges.