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84,000 deaf people face job discrimination, study finds

An estimated 84,000 deaf and hard of hearing people fear discrimination at work, according to new research.

A survey by Action on Hearing Loss Cymru has been released to coincide with Deaf Awareness Week.

Maggie Hampton of Fairwater, Cardiff, told Radio Wales: "It was very very difficult. Nobody wanted to employ a deaf person. Even in the most lowly of jobs really. I never got interviews. I just never heard back.

"I did follow it up with one organisation and asked 'why have I not got an interview?' And the reply was "Well you are deaf, you couldn't possibly manage."

"So I did cleaning for two or three years, it was the only thing I could do.

"I didn't like it very much but I did it because I needed to work.

"It was very hard and very disheartening. Just that feeling that nobody wants you. And that feeling that you cannot contribute anything."

  • 06 May 2015