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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.

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18 comments:

  1. I responded on my ATR blog to this, as it was too long for an blog comment.

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    1. Hi MM,

      I cannot see your blog for some reasons, but I'm interested in what you have to say. If you feel your comment is too long to be posted here, please feel free to add more comments here.

      STerras

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  2. You hit every nail on the head. Another drawback, based on my experience: I was recently not offered a job, (despite the job being advertised for five months!), all because an internal employee decided he / she wanted to "try this position out". Sigh. Back to the drawing board I go...

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    1. That's tough... I would find that hard to believe they'd actually try it out. :-/

      It's amazing how the employers can be really sneaky and lying about something they weren't supposed to do. All we have to do is read between their lines to understand exactly what the reason is behind the facade.

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  3. Thank for posting your blogs at Deafread.com so I found your blogs.
    North Dakota is the lowest unemployment because oil boom so there are lot of jobs opening up there. Lot of Deaf people just give up because they can't find jobs. That's an old excuse.
    I am very fortunate to have a great job at a great company. I have many challenges but always overcome with my aggressive methods to make it right.

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    1. Thank you for posting your comment. Sounds like it's the best state for job opportunities.

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  4. Here is what I got from an UK employer: "We aren't a social service, and have no time or money to spend on supporting our workers to the degree deaf demand, they have to show they can work dependently, in a team, and on their own, deaf could not show these skills, communication was a huge barrier, especially this 'sign language' they use... they have to work in hearing environments and do not appear to know how, another serious problem is they lack basic educational attainments.. We live in a fast-moving, social and technological age, the deaf just do not seem to aware of it... in some 'deaf-world' of their own. It may be the way they were educated or their lifestyle apart from others, it's not my area of expertise, it would have to seriously change for me to hire a deaf person at this time...."

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  5. Well, after not finding work for several years, their minds tend to get skewed. Not only that, companies are likely get turned by huge gaps of inactivity on their resume.

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    1. Kevin,

      I'm sorry to hear that. I would put some type of volunteer work on my resume so that they would know I have done something in my time. If you can't find anywhere to volunteer, try starting a mini business--something you love doing.

      Good luck!

      STerras

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    2. Oh, I'm speaking on behalf of many people I know. I feel blessed to have this great job I truly love.

      I notice a pattern among frustrated job seekers, they tend to not follow up on my suggestions. For example, I'd suggest volunteering (like you mentioned), he'd say "Okay, I'll think about it". Then, nothing.

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    3. Right. Must have misread it. I guess they do not understand that employer may not consider them for any job if they are unemployed for more than 6 months. That applies to everybody, deaf or hearing.

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  6. Your comment is very harsh..I am deafandtrying to find job from long time butno luck I had job 3 years ago for 1 month and they let me go because I can't hear and now my speech is very hard to understand by others so thanks for not understanding the problem deafpeoplehave ANSI do have three girls age of 16,13,12..............

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    1. Hi,

      I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I think you may have misunderstood the point I was trying to make about deaf people being lazy when searching for job in this article. Many people including deaf people assumed just because you don't have a job it means you don't want to work. This is why I wrote to break down some stereotypes.

      Good luck!

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    2. After I got laid off 3 years ago, have been looking for one and had several interviews. Almost got one but they hired someone else. The VR won't help, because I am not collecting any Gov't money and receive no money from anywhere else. Without VR help, I am unable to get interpreters. I don't like asking employers to get me an interpreter for interviews, because I usually don't get hired. Money issues for them. I can't even hire an interpreter, because they refuse to accept the jobs and my money. They insisted on getting me to fight with employers about demanding them to hire the interpreters. With a few employers, I managed to talk with hearing aids. I do well by expressing the words on email and papers, but I don't do well by speech. My resume looks intelligent and my speech appears un-intelligent. I keep looking and no luck. I want to know if there are any deaf people that are not getting VR services, aren't getting Gov't money and doing on their own just like hearing people. What your experiences are?
      This is new law that just passed on January 1st. 2013, because Govt don't have money.

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  7. You know I came accross this blog because I've been frusterated. I graduated with a Bachelors in Nuclear Medicine in 2006, and after that I had trouble finding a job. So in 2008 I went back to school for Medical Assisting and through that internship I got a job as a Lab Tech and then finally Nuclear Medicine Technologist. I gained over 3 years of experience in many different aspects of the medical office. I got this job in NC. I moved back to NJ last summer and I've gotten 43 interviews, and not one of them gave me a specific reason as to why I was not hired. I have all the qualifications, I got professional guidance on interviewing and dress code, I had a professional help me with my resume, I got two letters from my old bosses, and as well as more then 3 references who are mostly doctors, or nurses, or teachers. I'm deaf and it's been hard.

    So to point out, NO DEAF PEOPLE ARE NOT LAZY. I don't view myself as being lazy. I'm constantly applying for jobs, constantly looking, searching, networking. It's not easy because each time I come accross people they go well you cant hear on the phone are you sure you want to pursue a job in the medical field. I spent over 60k for schooling, two degrees, two certifications and two licenses. I'm currently exhausting one more aspect to become a certified phlebotomist because it's not much of phone calling and requires attention directly to the patient.

    Perhaps there are some deaf folks out there who are lazy, i have seen it. But the MAJORITY are trying to get jobs and they are not having luck even with degrees, certs, licenses like I do.

    Stereotyping is terrible, and I wish there was a way for the world or at least the state of NJ to see that and give me a fair chance to get a job.

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    1. I definitely understand how hard it is to find a job and am really surprised that none of them would give you a chance since you obviously have the qualifications they are looking for. It's not fair. I really appreciate your comment as this is real. I am sick of lazy deaf stereotypes, which is why I wrote about this topic.

      The job market is very competitive where there are so many jobless people out there. It is hard especially for a deaf person to get a job that they are qualified for. I believe even in good economy, most deaf people/people with disabilities still wouldn't be able to find a good job.

      I wish you a good luck in finding what you're looking for.

      STerras

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  8. I kinda don't agree deaf people are lazy becaus someone won't hire them or don't like deaf people. i undertand deaf people have hard time to find jobs and never give up. maybe ask someone can help them find job. i have job. Sometime, they gave up and get ssi/ssd so eassy.

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  9. I don't agree that deaf people are lazy, either. Out of work for 3 years by the laid off. I looked everywhere, applied as many as possible and not get anywhere, so I took Office programs at College for 6 months, provided by work force center which I just finished last Oct., and still don't have a job. I just had an interview for a job that pays $8 per hour and will take it.
    The SSI/SSD pays better and I am not eligible for it. When deaf people cant find work in time when they need the money to pay their bills and support their families. They will end up on streets very fast, like any hearing people. Even today, SSI/SSD are hard to get.

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