I am backing Action on Hearing Loss’s campaign to call on businesses and the UK Government to work closer together to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing to find and stay in employment.
I attended their presentation ‘Working for change: Improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace’ where I was told about their specialist employability service, Moving On. Moving On is designed to support young people in Glasgow North who are Deaf or have hearing loss into employment, and advises employers how to meet their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 to be accessible and make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for jobseekers and employees with hearing loss.
It’s been great to find out more about how Action on Hearing Loss’s specialists support people, who are Deaf or have hearing loss, into employment as well as the charity’s work with businesses to bust myths and eradicate concerns about employing deaf or hard of hearing staff.
An increasing number of people of working age have hearing loss so it is vitally important that employers across Glasgow North are aware of the support that it is available and the small changes they can make to break down barriers facing talented jobseekers or staff who are Deaf or hard of hearing.