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Deaf Works Everywhere

Deaf Works Everywhere is our campaign to get more deaf young people into work – and into jobs that inspire them.

Deaf Works Everywhere

Many deaf young people believe their career options are limited. With the right support deaf people can work everywhere, yet they are twice as likely to be unemployed as their hearing peers. But deaf people can be musicians, doctors and electricians – the list is endless.

We’re fighting for better careers support, more work experience and volunteering opportunities, and challenging expectations of what deaf young people can achieve.

The Welsh translation of this page, Byddar yn Gweithio Mhobman, is available here.

About the film

The film and campaign name was created in partnership with deaf young people across the UK, to kick-start the conversation. This is their campaign. We would like to thank all of our deaf role models for appearing in the film, and the deaf cast and crew.

About the campaign

The campaign is taking place in the five stages below over the next 3 years.

Inspire young people

We’re holding workshops, creating a work experience programme and building a social media community to empower young people. Our young-person focussed YouTube and Instagram channels are now live.

Inform professionals

We will provide information to Teachers, Teachers of the Deaf and Careers Advisors to help with career planning, and to educate students on their rights. A report on careers support by our Young People's Advisory Board will be published in March 2020 and further resources will be available in May.

 

Support parents

We will reassure parents that their child has a bright future ahead of them, and give them the support they need to expand their child’s horizons. Parents can access our Helpline now. An online forum launches in spring 2020 and further resources will be available in the autumn.

  

Educate employers

In early 2021 we will be encouraging employers to hire their perfect candidate, regardless of their level of hearing, with tips on deaf awareness in the workplace and Access to Work.

Influence government

We are already working with key local and national government bodies to improve deaf-specific careers advice, reduce unemployment in deaf young people, and increase awareness of schemes like Access to Work.