People with a sensory loss face significant barriers to work. For example, a recent survey of employers revealed that 75% would sooner employ an ex-offender than a person with vision loss.
A person who is deaf or has hearing loss is FOUR TIMES more likely to be out of work than a hearing person. And yet people with a hearing loss or who are deaf have the same aspirations and work ethic as someone who is hearing.
People registered as blind or who have sight loss are nearly FIVE TIMES more likely to be unemployed for five years or more than the general population.
By making your organisation welcoming to people with a sensory loss, not only are you meeting your legal responsibilities, you’re also broadening your talent pool. JobSense can help you by:
• providing information about sensory loss awareness training
• advising you about workplace adjustments and how to implement them
• advising you about Access to Work
• supporting you with work trials.
We want to hear from organisations of all sizes – whether you’re in business, in the public sector, or a charity – who would like to find out more about employing people with a sensory loss.
Contact Action on Hearing Loss Cymru (or Elite or COS) to find out how you could get involved.
For more information, or to register for the JobSense project, please phone 029 2033 3034 (Next Generation Text service (NGT) available) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our Employers’ Hub for information on employing people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
JobSense is a partnership between Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, the Centre of Sign, Sight and Sound (COS) and Elite Supported Employment Agency, and has been supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.
The JobSense project, backed with nearly £3 million from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, will help people with a sensory loss gain employment.