Friday, December 29, 2006

392: The National Deaf Economy, what?

Today's Question, for Deaf Community Members:

How do you see things in the nation as a whole for Deaf people? Are Deaf people more likely or less likely to be employed today than ten years ago? Are Deaf people more or less likely to be moving up the income ladder today than ten years ago? Are more or less of your friends employed? Is this better or worse employment? Have any of your friends lost jobs this year? What are your feelings about the future: fear? Confidence?

I'll post my thoughts over the weekend. Maybe in a vlog, if I have time; I want to do more.


Michael said...

I think employment opportunities for Deaf people are slightly better today than ten years ago.

The reason why I say slightly better is because I believe more Deaf people are employed today.

The majority of Deaf people employed are employed within the Deaf community and ten years ago, Deaf-impaired (hearing) people usually were in charge of institutions that dealt with Deaf people.

However I think the percent of Deaf people being unemployed may have not gone down very much.

For going up the ladder in the work place, I think Deaf people are climbing the ladder, but not as fast as their hearing co-workers are.

I have a Bachelors' degree in Business Adm. Management and have not been able to find a job related to my degree, but am employed in a processing plant while I continue to look for a business related position.

The outlook I have for employment opportunities remain bleak, now that there are cyborgs (people with cochlear implants) will employers choose to hire them (because they can hear and speak better) over Deaf people who refused to undergo the cyborg process?

Deaf people would be better off if they had their own country where they could oppress Deaf-impaired people and deny them employment opportunities.

Joseph Rainmound said...

Mike, thank you for your comment...

I think there's the opportunity to "get jobs" but not the opportunity to get better jobs. As long as we don't get to management positions - which would mean needing a lot of interpreters - they're happy to have Deaf people working for them.

I don't think the CI's make a difference. I've worked alongside people who have CI's and people who don't. Sometimes the CI-using person is more "disabled" and "demanding" than the person without a CI. It seems to be about personality more than about what you have in your head.

It's hard to tread the line between self-respect and "accepting reality" sometimes. When people don't see fit to let you know meetings are cancelled (because you require email, and they're phoning other people) or whatever annoying thing is happening...

I think we're all gonna be in this together.

RLM said...

We, deaf people could be out of jobs if there are more and more "voice-activated" technology within workplaces.

We better keep our eyes out on the rapidly changing society which we could go back to the lower socioeconomic ladder. Remmy the telephone?

Robert L. Mason (RLM)

Anonymous said...

I hope a time doesn't come when I cannot sell items on Ebay without using a voice "Skype-number". (not sure how it's probably a VOIP method).

BEG said...

It's very hard to say...back when I entered the workforce, I never considered my deafness to be a terribly large obstacle to being employed.

But the older I get, the more I worry that age PLUS deafness will start to weigh more heavily against me. It's hard to say. My field of work has been hit hard anyway with outsourcing in general and a glut of qualified people.

Julie Ann Lanz said...

It doesn't help either, that soon there will be a new generation of people with cochlear implants. People already have the attitude that you should "have one" if you are deaf.

I saw you on a vblog about saving the deaf theater. I'm really happy to hear about that! I'm a deaf photographer in Florida. I am also a poet. I liked your poem about feeling like a caged lion.

Julie Ann Lanz

Joseph Rainmound said...

thanks julie ann :)

a lot of fields have been hit hard by outsourcing... like I said we're all gonna be in this together.