The outbreak of World War II affected the Deaf Community in many ways.
Deaf men were disqualified from active service in the army, but they took on many of the jobs at home which were previously held by hearing men. Deaf women also had broader employment opportunities. The Manpower program placed them in jobs to support the war effort, such as ammunition factories. The social and sporting activities of the Deaf community were restricted during wartime (as they were for everyone else), but this difficult period gave many deaf people opportunities for work and greater independence.