Our Louder than Words services are designed to support deaf people and those with hearing loss at work. We offer workplace assessments, deaf awareness and BSL training, communication support and hearing loop installation – and our Trustpilot reviews show that we’re getting it right.
But what about support for unemployed people who are deaf or have hearing loss? We’re also a valuable source of information for those seeking work. Here’s some guidance on what’s available:
Find a Disability Employment Adviser
You can find a Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) by contacting your nearest Jobcentre Plus. They can:
- help you draw up an action plan for finding work
- tell you about jobs that match your experience and skills
- identify any training opportunities
- provide information about the Access to Work scheme (see below)
- pass on details of disability-friendly employers in your area.
‘Disability confident’ symbol
When you’re job hunting, look for the ‘disability confident’ symbol on advertisements and application forms. It means the employer is committed to employing disabled people and you’ll be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic requirements of the job. The Disability Confident scheme has replaced the previous Two Ticks scheme. Visit the Disability Confident website for more information.
Access to Work scheme
Make sure you know about the government’s Access to Work scheme. It can help cover the cost of reasonable adjustments for people with hearing loss, such as communication support at job interviews. Under the Equality Act 2010 (or the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland) employers must provide reasonable adjustments to ensure candidates who are deaf or have hearing loss are not put at a substantial disadvantage compared to hearing candidates.