Dorothea Tolliver

Employment Specialist

Dorothea leads the Hearing and Speech Center’s Career Steps Program, assisting deaf and hard of hearing individuals in learning how to successfully job search in the community. She provides individualized job preparation, job development and job retention support. She also provides education and supportive counseling concerning adjustment to hearing loss to individuals and families affected by hearing loss or deafness of any kind of degree. Dorothea received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Southern University Baton Rouge, and was born and raised in San Francisco. She was born hard of hearing and learned American Sign Language and English starting at age 5. Before coming to the Hearing and Speech Center, she worked for three years at Lighthouse for the Blind, New Orleans as Program Coordinator for the Pathways to Success Work Readiness Training Program. Ms. Tolliver interned for two years at Louisiana School for the Deaf, teaching deaf and hard of hearing high school students as a Career Coach. She is very passionate about deaf and hard of hearing culture and giving back to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Fluent in American Sign Language

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