Employment: Oppression

Deaf people face a number of challenges on the job. Many of these issues stem from audism, or the discrimination of deaf people. Audism can mean being denied a job, a driver’s license, the ability to have children, the ability to own property, and many other rights that should automatically come with being a citizen of any country.


Deaf scholar Tom Humphries coined the term audism in 1975 to represent the discrimination he was seeing throughout the Deaf Community. Audism is seen in people who continually judge the intelligence of Deaf individuals on the basis of their ability in the language of the hearing community. Audism may arise from social, historical, or philosophical areas of thought. Overall, audism manifests itself in beliefs and behaviors that assume ...

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