|Employment Opportunities for the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing|
What are difficulties deaf people face finding jobs?
Deaf individuals do face difficulties in getting a gainful employment compared with their hearing counterparts with same/similar qualifications and/or experience. Possible reasons include the lack of understanding and experience of the hearing employers on how to engage and communicate with Deaf staff.
Is there any specific job or industries that the deaf can work in?
Despite their hearing loss, Deaf individuals (just like anyone of us) are able to take on any job, except those which require them to handle phone calls. Hence, there is no specific job or industry that the Deaf can work in. The Deaf & Hard-of-hearing individuals have been employed in a diverse range of jobs such as admin, creative (design, media etc), accounting, engineering, IT etc. They are able to take on any job based on their education level or work experience, except those which require them to handle phone call.
Some of these successful deaf individuals include:
*Deaf doctor - Mr Joseph Heng (featured in TODAY newspaper - 1 March 2017)
*Mr Teo Bee Chuan - Visual Merchandising Artiste (featured in Mediacorp Channel 8 "Frontline” Programme)
*Dr Azariah Tan - Deaf pianist (featured in the Straits Times - 16 Oct 2016)
*Ms Lisa Loh - Accounts Administrator Assistant (Shared via SADeaf's Facebook)
*Philip Choy - Systems Administrator ( Shared via SADeaf's Facebook)
What more can SADeaf do to help the Deaf/Hard-of-hearing secure jobs?
Since we soft piloted our job support with job matching in January 2017, it's heartening to share that through our contacts with prospective employers; many are receptive and willing to offer equal job opportunity to our Deaf & Hard-of-hearing community. We are also collaborating with prospective employers to conduct workshops on understanding deafness and improving communication in the workplace with the deaf.
What are the difficulties deaf people face at the workplace?
It is tough for the Deaf and hard-of hearing, or for that matter, anyone with some form of disability, to compete with the hearing peers of similiar qualifications. The one major hurdle for the Deaf is Communication which may be an important part of job roles and responsibilities in many industries, whether with colleagues or customers or suppliers. It take a lot more understanding from the employers to be willing to adjust the job requirements and enable the deaf individual to engage in alternative ways of communicating with customers or suppliers such as:
For example, sending an email to suppliers to inform of any billing amendments that may be needed to be done is an alternative way to communicate other than calling up the supplier direct. It may not necessarily mean that a longer time is needed to get this billing error rectified via email. In fact, on the contrary, such email correspondence would be a good record to show billing or any other errors had been duly followed up with.
What are the challenges faced by Employers in employing a deaf or a hard-of-hearing person?
How can these difficulties be overcome?
Some of the suggestions to employers on employing the Deaf:
How can the Deaf or Hard-of-hearing employee communicate with their colleagues?
Deaf can communicate with their colleagues thru many ways: