April 27, 2017, Boston–Joseph Shaw, 35 and born deaf, is driving to pick up an Uber passenger in Kenmore on Thursday. Shaw can hear nothing and can bare speak. He started doing Uber driving two years ago in Boston. Photo by Xinlei Chen.
April 20, 2017, Boston– Joseph Shaw is driving Uber to pick up a student in suits in Boston University East Campus. Shaw is born deaf and there are 8 million people in United States like Shaw have difficulty hearing conversation even with a hearing aid, according to Gallaudet University. And seven out of 10 hearing impaired people in United State are without work or underemployed, according to the Communication Service for the Deaf. The organization cooperated with Uber last year to launch the deaf Uber driver project. Photo by Xinlei Chen.
April 27, 2017, Boston—A Uber passenger in the back seat is pointing his finger to show Joseph Shaw where he wants to get off in Waltham on Thursday. Shaw is born deaf and has been doing Uber business for two years after he quits his job in a T-shirt printing company. “My boss always threats to fire me and the job was very low paid.” he says in sign language. Photo by Xinlei Chen.
April 27, 2017, Waltham —A Uber passenger in the back seat is holding cell phone to show Joseph Shaw in the Google Map where he wants to get off in Waltham on Thursday. Shaw is born deaf and he became an Uber driver two years ago. The only word he can speak is perfect but he says he uses gestures and facial expressions to communicate with passengers. Photo by Xinlei Chen.
April 27, 2017, Boston—Joseph Shaw, the 35 born deaf Uber driver always prepare a small notebook and a pen by his side in his Uber driving. He says in sign language, most of time I don’t need to communicate with my passengers, you know technology works. But sometimes I need this piece of paper and the pen to write down what I want to ask.” Photo by Xinlei Chen.
April 27, 2017, Waltham —Joseph Shaw, the 35 born deaf Uber driver shows thumb up to ask the passenger who arrived the destination if he feel good about the Uber ride. Joseph Shaw is now a full-time Uber driver in Greater Boston area. Photo by Xinlei Chen.
April 27, 2017, Waltham—Joseph Shaw, the 35 born deaf Uber driver raised his head in a small parking lot of Waltham to take a rest after a continued 4 hours Uber driving. He cannot hear and cannot speak. Photo by Xinlei Chen.
April 27, 2017, Boston– Joseph Shaw, the 35 born deaf Uber driver, shows his left face while he was driving Uber in the north Boston area. He says because he cannot hear horn he need to be more concentrated on the road. Photo by Xinlei Chen.
April 27, 2017, Boston–Joseph Shaw uses his cell phone to show the picture and personal information of his ex-wife, Melissa Carpenter, a deaf artest. They met a couple of years ago in Washington D.C. and got married. Joseph Shaw, by the time an undocumented immigrant from India and a born-deaf person, therefore got his citizenship of United States. But later they divorced and Shaw was kicked out by his mother-in-law. Now he shared an apartment in Milton with ohter three normal-hearing roommates. Two years ago, he became Uber driver. Photo by Xinlei Chen.
April 27, 2017, Waltham—Joseph Shaw raises to crumple eyebrows in his car when he has been driving for three hours for Uber on Thursday afternoon. He says he can earn over $200 a week from his hard work. Photo by Xinlei Chen.

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