The brick walls are still out there

30 08 2007

I have just read this article about a young deaf girl who dreams of working with children. Emma Genovese can’t get a placement because employers are too frightened to take her on. Why are they so frightened? Because she’s deaf. She needs a placement to qualify as a child care professional. Emma has been doing relief work and her colleagues have been raving about her empathy with special needs children and her enthusiasm. She can obviously do the job and is willing to learn – unlike so many lazy yobs on the streets today.

I thought this kind of discrimination didn’t happen nowadays (see my previous post). Obviously, it still does. I still remember what it feels like to be strong enough to stand up and fight for what you want in the hearing community, but you come up against this brick wall where people just don’t want to know. It’s awfully demoralising.

I hope Emma records her applications and lodges complaints with the Disability Rights Commission. These employers make me want to scream. Perhaps she’ll just have to look in London where people are more willing to look at the ability rather than the disability.

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30 08 2007
ALAN JEFFERS

DONT GIVE UP FIGHT GET THRU UNTIL BRICK WALL WILL BREAK LATER ON KEEP FIGHT FOREVER UNTIL THEY UNDERSTAND WILL BREAK WALL FROM DISCRIMIATION MIND POP OUT SHOW THEM WHO YOU ARE BEING WORK WITH CHILD CARE TELL THEM IF YOU INTRESTING WORK DEAF CHILD CARE PROFESSIONAL IS SAME AS HEARING CHILD CARE DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENT ???? NOBODY PERFECT CHILD HUMANS YOU CAN TEACH SIGN LANGAUGE CHILD SHOULD BECAME CHILD CARE TEACHER PROFESSIONAL IN FUTURE WHO KNOWS

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