I read an interesting news story on YLE in English about how prejudice hinders deaf people from getting jobs. Sounds like a familiar excuse heard commonly by immigrants, right?
The jobless rate of deaf workers and immigrants in Finland is about three times greater than the national average. Unemployment in Finland in April stood at 8.4%, according to Statistics Finland.
Writes YLE in English: “…Getting a foot in the employer’s door is a challenge for many members of the deaf community and as many as twenty percent don’t find work. The Finnish Association of the Deaf [FAD] is worried that hearing-impaired adults are being excluded from the workplace due to prejudice.”
FAD unit manager, Borje Hanhikoski, admits that attitude plays an important role when hiring deaf people. ”I think this is more about the attitude of employers, a question of prejudice,” he said