Our Working for Change campaign aims to change attitudes in the workplace so that people who are deaf or have hearing loss are supported to access and thrive in employment. Here's a timeline of key events in the campaign so far.
- We hand in our petition to the Minister of State for Disabled People that over 1,000 of you signed calling on the Government to create a one-stop of information and resources for employing people with disabilities
- Having consulted with employers and HR professionals, we launch our Employers' Hub containing best practice for attracting, recruiting and retaining employees with hearing loss, and information on government funding for workplace adjustments.
- Our survey of more than 1,000 working-age people who are deaf or have hearing loss reveals that over a third of those surveyed had felt bullied at work because of their deafness or hearing loss.
- We run our first Hearing Leadership Challenge with multinational professional services firm EY.
- We successfully lobby the Department for Work and Pensions, alongside colleagues across the deafness and hearing loss sector, to raise the Access to Work cap – a measure that allows British Sign Language users to receive the support they need to develop and progress their careers.
- New research findings reveal that 54% of respondents put off telling their employer about their hearing loss. Our findings create widespread conversations about hearing loss at work including on BBC Breakfast’s red sofa. Press coverage reaches more than 40 million people.
- Face-to-face engagement with over 50 MPs and business leaders through a parliamentary dinner, information event and face-to-face meetings.
- More than 1,500 supporters take action.
- Launch of myth-busting guide for employers to challenge common myths about supporting employees with deafness and hearing loss.
- Launch of campaign alongside a major YouGov poll of business leaders. We find that over a third of business leaders do not feel confident about their business employing a person with hearing loss, and almost two-thirds are unaware of financial support available from the government.