Deaf People & Employment

Many deaf people can do anything that hearing people can do – except hear, of course. Yet, when applying for a job, they don’t always get a chance to get that job because they are usually dismissed the minute their application is scanned. Why? Because they would mark in the application that they are deaf.

To prove a point, a deaf man posted on Twitter that he applied for twelve jobs. Six applications were marked as being from a hearing person. The other six applications were marked as being from a deaf person.

The results?

He got callbacks for a job interview from all six applications as a hearing person. As for the six applications from the deaf person for the same type of jobs, he did not get one single callback.

This makes me mad. Like I said, deaf people can do anything a hearing person can do – including running for Congress, which I’ll discuss in a future article. I realize there are some jobs that a deaf person cannot do such as working as a first responder where verbal communication plays a critical part. But there are plenty of other jobs out there in the hearing world that a deaf person can do.

I realize accommodations will have to be made at first for the deaf person, but trust me, it will be well worth it in the long run if that person works hard and most deaf people WILL work hard because they have to do so to prove themselves like I have in my line of work for 28 years of working in a grocery store. I’m currently an ovenight manager on duty and grocery crew leader. I started at the bottom cleaning up the meat department and worked my way up the ladder.

Many employers are so quick to dismiss prospective applicants the minute they see deafness, or any other disability for that matter, on the application. If the hearing candidate is more qualified than the deaf candidate, by all means, hire the hearing candidate. I don’t have a problem with that. I’ll say this to anyone who works in human resources though – who would you rather hire for a position – a deaf man with a good job history and/or good work ethics OR a hearing person with a sketchy job history and/or questionable work ethics. That should be a no brainer.

To any deaf people reading this and seem discouraged about not getting job offers, keep getting your applications in. Get the word out about yourself. You will have to work twice as hard to prove yourself, but in the long run,it will be well worth it.

As for the deaf man running for Congress, his name is Chris Haulmark and he’s not letting his deafness get in the way for an opportunity to serve in Congress. If he can do that, than any deaf person should be able to work a regular job, right? So hang in there, my deaf friends. You can do it. Don’t give up. 🙂

I’ll be writing about Chris Haulmark in a future article. For now, I hope I inspired at least one deaf person to keep trying and get that job that he or she wants. If so, I’m glad 🙂

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