The Royal National Institute for Deaf People recently conducted research into employment among deaf and hard of hearing people. It found that a deaf person is less likely to be employed than someone with a criminal record or a history of drug abuse.
Deaf and hard of hearing people have a right to employment that reflects their education and training. Part of the problem lies with employers' lack of understanding and that is why the RNID is setting up a service to help people like Linette secure suitable employment.
The new Disability Rights Commission is also a welcome development, as it will promote good practice among employers and help dispel outdated attitudes towards disabled people.
Joe Saxton. Director of Communications. Royal National Institute for Deaf People