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Deaf Drivers and Deaf Workers: Advocacy Work of the National Association for the Deaf

  • By: Constance M. Dolecki
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

When deaf people look for work, they often face employment discrimination. Prospective employers can discriminate, either openly or subtly, but especially subtly. It is hard to prove that a person did not get a job because of a disability when the employer can point to other characteristics of a hearing candidate who was hired. Perhaps the hearing candidate had a little more experience or presented a little better in the interview. Discrimination is hard to prove. It happens either because of overt prejudice or because of ignorance about deafness and hearing loss. Employers might feel that the deaf person cannot do the job as well as someone else, or at all. They might also think that they would run into problems with various human rights ...

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