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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.