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Friday, December 28, 2012

Deaf Articles Regarding Job Issues for Deaf People

First of all, I would like to wish you a happy new year and hope that you had good holidays this week.

Here are the past articles about deaf employment issues for anyone who hasn't had a chance to read if they are interested.

Obviously, I haven't been regularly posting articles in quite a while since the second week of this month. I have been super busy with my projects lately. I'm hoping to post an article later this week, so I will keep you updated.

By the way, please follow me @deafcantgetjobs on twitter for new updates.

Thank you and again, happy new year!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Are Deaf People Really Just Lazy?

I had some deaf people telling me that it wasn't true that deaf people couldn't find a job. They said if they could get a job, then other deaf people could do it, too. I find this assumption ridiculous. It's not a fair comparison. Whether you can get a job or not depends on where you live, the number of years of experience, or the people you know who can help you get your foot in the door. Getting a job isn't just as easy as it seems. 

If you have sufficient experience, you may have a good chance of getting the job you want. If you don't have the work experience and the right connections, you will likely have much harder time finding a job. If you live in the high populated city, hunting job will take you a long time to get a job (or maybe not at all), especially if the city has a high rate of unemployment. As I have said in the other post before, the higher rate of unemployment the harder it is to compete against hearing applicants because employers are likely to prefer their hearing counterparts over deaf applicants. The companies are laying off some of their employees, and some of them are very picky about who they hire.

I have heard some people saying that deaf people don't have a job because they don't want to and they prefer to get free money aka SSI/SSDI. Well, all I can say is not every deaf person is too lazy to look for work. There's a difference between not bothering to search for job because you don't think companies will hire you because you are deaf and aggressively hunting jobs for 3+ years, and then you give up because you are feeling hopeless. I will say this, many jobless people, deaf or hearing, are feeling hopeless as well.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Are employers to be blamed for not hiring Deaf people?

Most employers don't give Deaf applicants a chance because of their ignorant conceptions about Deaf people in general. They somehow associate deafness with dumbness because they keep hearing "deaf and dumb" when "dumb" really equals "mute". Hearing employers believe that deaf people do not have the ability to understand anything just because they can't hear. In other words, deaf people are stupid. More importantly, they think deaf people would have to rely on them for help most of the time if they're hired. If you could look at hearing people's perception of deaf people, you would see that they consider deaf people to be disabled like they would consider any persons with disabilities.

There are a lot of stereotypes associate with deaf people that may stop employers from hiring them. This is not to say all hearing people do think like that. Different people have different ideas about deaf people, but the "stupid deaf people" myth seems to be very common in the hearing world. 

In this society, it is easy for people to judge other people they don't know personally based on their races, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities, different attires, and many other things. The point is, some people are going to judge because they are not as open minded as you'd like them to be.

Do you feel hearing employers are to be blamed for thinking this way about deaf people? [No, I do not think so.]

Do they need to be educated about deaf culture in order to stop the deaf stereotypes? [Yes! It is really important for them to understand us and that we are just humans like them. We also deserve to be treated equally and with respect. The real question is, how do we go about teaching hearing people, especially employers?]

Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the awesome reading!