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Posted On: 29th Jan 2014

Deaf Shouldn't Mean Dole

Fixer Zoe Aldred
Image of Zoe on the poster
Zoe works on her project with the Fixers team

After finding her deafness to be a barrier to getting a job, a Hampshire Fixer has helped create a poster aimed at employers.


Twenty-one-year-old Zoe Aldred from Petersfield hopes it will encourage bosses to think twice before disregarding a candidate who is hearing impaired.


The wording on the poster reminds recruiters that being deaf doesn’t stop a person from working, before posing the question, ‘But will it stop you from employing me?’


‘I wanted to help with raising deaf awareness among businesses and employers so other deaf people can find jobs and work opportunities,’ explains Zoe.


‘The idea is to show that deaf people are employable.’


Zoe, who is a qualified hair stylist, is pictured on the poster, along with partially-deaf repairs technician, Toby, and hearing-impaired leisure assistant, Dan.


The design features a quote from each of them on their ability to work, accompanied by endorsements from their managers and clients.


Their aim is to convey the message that deaf employees find other ways to communicate, a point that is put across on the poster by Fixer Dan Read.


‘I use a variety of ways to communicate such as miming, writing things down, lip-reading and asking people to slow down,’ he says.


‘I don’t think it makes a difference to how well I do the job - I just might do it a bit differently.’


‘I love the poster – it looks very professional,’ adds Zoe, who would like it to be seen by as many people as possible.


‘I hope it encourages employers to consider deaf people in the same way as hearing people.


‘It would be great if it helped me to get work.’ 


Click on the image below to enlarge the poster.




Author: Emily Tolloczko


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