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Barriers to labour market participation: the experience of Deaf and hard of hearing people

Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

in Working futures?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346261
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.003.0017
Barriers to labour market participation: the experience of Deaf and hard of hearing people

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This chapter makes both theoretical and practical suggestions for employment policy and practice that would be more inclusive of issues of access to communication and cultural identity of deaf people in the labour market. It notes that there are beliefs that the Deaf can be poorly served by public careers and employment services, can be restricted by service providers' and employers' assumptions about suitable work, may take jobs below their abilities, may earn less than hearing people, and experience restricted opportunities for job mobility and career progression. The chapter reviews the research evidence in support of these beliefs about social exclusion from and within the labour market. It notes that as research taking deafness and employment as the sole or main focus is extremely rare in the UK, some supporting evidence has been drawn from research in the USA.

Keywords: employment policy; deaf people; labour market; social exclusion; UK; USA

Chapter.  4076 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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