Services for the Deaf


Just about everyone needs to have a plan in place to manage risk, accumulate wealth and prepare for retirement.  With this in mind, how is our society doing as a whole?  Well, let's see...

"Eighty percent of Americans agree they would benefit from

having basic financial education and information."1

"Only 46% of U.S. workers have tried to determine how much they will need to save for a comfortable retirement."2

"Fifty-four percent of American workers have saved less than $25,000 for retirement, and 43% have saved less than $10,000."2

"One survey found that 41% of current retirees had to retire earlier than they expected."2






These statistics show that even though the majority of Americans see the importance of educating themselves about finances, it appears that less than half actually attempt to implement a plan to prepare themselves and their families for the inevitable financial issues they will face.  What does this mean for the deaf community?  Do these statistics reflect their attitude regarding financial well-being as well?  

Due to lack of research regarding this issue, these questions are difficult to answer.  One can assume, however, that since the financial services industry is engineered around the concerns of the hearing, members of the deaf community may find it difficult to acquire accommodating atmospheres in which they feel comfortable pursuing financial services.  Sycamore Financial aims to address this issue and provide the deaf community with a comfortable, reliable and accessible means to acquire financial consulting and insurance services.

As the owner of Sycamore Financial, LLC, there is a special place in my heart for the deaf community as I had the great opportunity to grow up being a part of the deaf culture.  My mother is deaf, and I have witnessed the warm, compassionate and welcoming atmosphere the deaf community provides.  However, I have also seen first-hand the obstacles that my mother faced due to her deafness.  

By obstacles, I mean living in a society geared towards the needs and concerns of the hearing. Communication barriers were a prevalent problem when my mother sought services of any kind, and I found myself, as a young boy, acting as the interpreter on most occasions.  By knowing sign language, I am able to remove this barrier and offer a direct connection in establishing a relationship with my deaf clients - without the use of an interpreter.  There is a need for reliable, honest and forthright financial consulting and insurance services for the deaf community, and I have made this one of  my top priorities for my practice.

If you are interested in learning more about what Sycamore Financial has to offer, please email Ben Brower at:

Sources: 1. The 2009 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey, Harris Interactive, Inc., 2009, 2. Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2010

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