Thursday, 4 February 2021
Is it the right way to help deaf get jobs? Two trains of thought,
(1) Deaf don't get the benefits of it, but their support does.
(2) It doesn't it suggest access or empowerment at all.
We are all different. I tend to look to the long term and it is an established DWP fact the deaf A2W scheme is the most expensive allowance to any disabled person in the UK. Some working in the deaf artistic areas were said to be claiming up to £900s worth of support. They would never get any job with that wage.
Deaf students in a University studying law got £250+ a week and still fail to qualify. A lot only accepted by virtue of deaf rights, and not via an academic qualification.
Is A2W is the right way to empower deaf to get a job? when they would be far more empowered with better communication skills etc. At what point e.g. does the cost of support outweigh its benefits to deaf people?
Deaf claim support because of communication issues, would not the money be better spent on improving their options? I'm not against support, it is not for me, but having had the experience of job hunting I never got past any front door if I said I needed support to work. I was told 'you are no use to man or beast to us like that...' While a rights lawyer would have a heyday making the most of that discrimination, the deaf job seeker would be avoided like the plague by other employers if the balloon went up.
Empowerment, is surely relative in those respects? and who chooses the job the deaf would be able to advance with? There must be some maxim to A2W eligibility? Why don't the DWP insist deaf have to show appropriate communication skills and a fair ability and suitable mind-set to work independently before A2W is given? this would pressurise demand for far better approaches to educating deaf people, who as adults apparently do not feel any skill needs honing or adaptation, not even their own communication approaches employers can't accommodate, or their own acknowledged learning difficulties, whilst hearing job seekers MUST adapt or simply not work and lose ALL benefits.
Would deaf gain useful employment if welfare subsidies did not pick up the bill? and, what does this say about A2W? Rather than address poor training and poor education they are paying out to endorse reliance instead. one comment is that conflict of social and medical modelling is at the root...
I don't think the social model comes into it, it is communication and suitability for the job applied for, which is the same rule applied to every job-seeker.
I've no doubt those otherwise who would not be considered for a job are happy A2W helps them, I am just wondering how that actually plays out in real and actual access terms. Too many deaf have few academic qualifications and the reality is communication is a barrier.
Again employers are NOT enabling you, the DWP (Welfare state), is, so no cost or actual demand is being made FOR access and inclusion by employers, who have already stated they won't pick up support costs, so you have a job under pretence really as regards to inclusion..