RECAP: Deaf Awareness Week with myHRcareers & Signlync

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Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the myHRcareers and Signlync Deaf Awareness Week event hosted at No1 Duke St!  We had an amazing turn out with representatives and attendees from a variety of businesses and organisations all gathered together to discuss and promote Deaf awareness.

See pictures below!

Speaking for Veran and myHRcareers was Becky Statham.  Here’s a short recap of Becky’s speech:

“Since meeting Gü, I’ve realised that HR has a huge role to play in supporting very talented people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Over 11 million people are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the UK, or 1 in 6.  In 20 years’ time, it is estimated that this will be 15.6 million, that’s 1 in 5.

HOWEVER, Deaf people are 4 times less likely to be employed than the rest of the population.  How can we help to connect people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (1) with the rest of the world and (2) with work that brings out their strengths and talents?

A few examples:

  • Mirakle Couriers runs entirely on Indian Sign Language and employs hundreds of Deaf boys and girls in India. They have won copious awards and their biggest customer is Vodafone, who order about 35,000 deliveries every month
  • Mozzeria is a restaurant in San Francisco owned and run by Deaf people
  • Scorpio Builders has Deaf owners, and 80% Deaf staff, including their architect and website designer

There are organisations that are entirely run by people with hearing loss.  In the UK, the story is less impressive.  It’s an extreme measure and still not ideal as it separates the Deaf and hearing, so let’s start to break down these barriers.”

 

Speaking for Signlync was Gü Dopran, founder and CEO of said company.  Here’s a quick excerpt of her talk:

“Growing up within the hearing world brought many frustrations, both at home and at school. ‘Shush’ was probably the word I disliked most as it left me feeling my questions were irrelevant. Sometimes I would be told that the answer would come later, but most of the time the answer never came!

Throughout my twenties, this feeling of irrelevance stayed with me, giving my employers free reign to abuse a vulnerable member of staff. It was during a very dark period of my life, that I realised that I had so much more to offer, not only myself, but the world. What was a little seedling of an idea at the time, has today developed into what I hope will turn into a massive move forward for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community within the workplace.

This evening the Signlync App Indiegogo Campaign is now live, and we are hoping this will go a long way to helping the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to firstly, get a job, and secondly, help them to work their way up the career ladder on an equal footing to their hearing colleagues.”

 

You can find out more about Gü and her story from her speaker profile.

Thank you for your support!

A few snapshots from the evening!

myhrcareers and signlync celebrate deaf awareness week