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Marginalising hearing impaired people at work

It’s down-right lunacy but it does happen at work. Those who experience hearing impairment and wearing hearing aids are marginalised. It is true. Taking a list from my erstwhile friends on social media, they complained that they are disregarded and shunned from meetings, social activities such as events, training and promotion. I must confess that I have experience this as a Lecturer and I find it quite bemusing and irritating. On several occasion, I ask myself why I am not in full-time teaching work instead of temping. After careful observation, I noted that marginalisation is in place against hearing impaired people.

When you do apply for a job, the application outlined the type of disability you have and what help you need. You mentioned what help you required in order to be effective in your job but most organisations make little or no effort to meet those requirements simply because it is a cost. Marginalisation of hearing impaired people is becoming the norm of the day even from the application for a post. Therefore, should we tell employers that we are not disable until the invitation for an interview? Of course not.

To reduce embarrassment, I have equipped myself with knowledge and ability required to establish my own company and given the chance and fortitude, I will recruit disable people for my research consultancy. Set up an in dependent venture do not come easy, but it will cause no harm if I try. It’s all about focus and determination. I am aware that there are many obstacles and the biggest one is finance. The company is set up to recruit disable research student and to help them integrate as a consultant on completion of their degree courses.

Those employers that do not take on disable people are the losers. They claim to be investors in people including disable people but you find them lacking in this objective.

Do not underrate disable people; they are highly knowledgeable and educated, constantly seeking for continued professional development. They are hard working, enthusiastic and proactive and easily interact and friendly with people. Their performances are exceptional. They have a can do attitude. They are an asset, not a liability. They intend to contribute to the socio-economical development of this world. They should not be ignored but helped.

Through this medium, I am appealing to all for help in establishing a way forward for disable people. The London Olympic 2012 showcase the determination of disable people to succeed in their area of excellence. Outside sport, many are still trying to establish and assert themselves to be a strong asset to this world.


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