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      Working for change: Inequality of opportunity

      Executive summary
      Updated 23 Oct 2017

      Working for change: inequality of opportunity, identifies the barriers to further and higher education, training and employment for people with hearing loss in Northern Ireland

      In 2016, Action on Hearing Loss in Northern Ireland commissioned independent research to identify common barriers to accessing further education (FE) and higher education (HE), training and employment for people with hearing loss – and potential solutions to overcoming them.

      The aims of the research were to:

      •  gather evidence of numbers, participation levels and take-up of employment and opportunities to study for people who are deaf
      • gather evidence of experiences and common barriers in the areas of education, training and employment
      • establish whether people who are deaf or have hearingloss do have equality of access – and equal experiences and benefits arising from their experiences of FE, HE, training and employment
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