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Supporting young people who are deaf or have hearing loss
Securing employment, training or education opportunities can be extremely challenging for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss as many continue to be disadvantaged and not supported to reach their full potential.
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland provides a specialist ‘Moving On' transitions service, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, which supports 16-25 year olds who are deaf or have a hearing loss in Scotland's central belt to take up work experience and move in to full-time employment, training or education.
'Moving On' also helps to build the confidence of young people and provides one-to-one or group support to gain life skills and achieve their personal goals. Every young person is different and ‘Moving On' offers a personalised service to meet the individual needs of each client.
All the Employment Advisers who deliver our Moving On service sign to a high level of British Sign Language and ensure that potential employers realise their need to comply with the Equality Act (2010) and provide interpreters for training or job interviews for people whose first language is BSL. The Employment Advisers also provide support to help improve clients’ English and Maths skills, if it is required.
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The project holds a series of events to enable young people to gain life-changing information in accessible formats. Examples of courses the team are planning to run during 2015-16 are:
The project also runs a college preparation course, in partnership with City of Glasgow College, where the young people experience life as a college student for a week. ‘On the Move’ supports clients who want to study by working with their intended college to ensure that appropriate communication support such as British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters or electronic note-takers is in place.
'Mind Buzz', which is run in partnership with The Pacific Institute, gives young deaf people the chance to look at their goals, build confidence and step outside their comfort zone – including changing negative for positive thoughts which are more likely to help deliver a brighter future. The events also include team building exercises where the young people learn the importance of asking the right questions before making decisions.
Working with employers
‘Moving On' also works with employers and service providers to ensure that their recruitment processes are accessible for young people who are deaf or have a hearing loss and to raise awareness of the support that is available to help communication with young employees who have a hearing loss.
‘Sound Advice’, is a free information pack which provides employers with best practice guidance on how to make recruitment processes are accessible for applicants who are deaf or have a hearing loss and how to make the ‘reasonable adjustments’ that are required by the Equality Act 2010 for employees with hearing loss. Visit the Sound Advice page for further details.
For more information, contact the 'Moving On' team:
Telephone: 0141 341 5330 Telephone: 01324 590872
Textphone: 0141 341 5350 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: 0141 354 0176