Author: Chui, Shin-han Judy
Title: Vocational needs of young adults with hearing impairment
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2008
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Hearing impaired -- Education -- China -- Hong Kong.
Occupational training -- China -- Hong Kong.
Department: Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Pages: 74 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
Abstract: People with hearing impairment experience difficulties in integrating into society, especially in finding and maintaining jobs. This study attempts to explore the work experiences of young adults with hearing impairment, and to derive from the findings the improvement of training and support service for better job prospects of people with hearing impairment in Hong Kong. A qualitative research was adopted. Ten participants aged from 22 to 35 were interviewed. They all graduated from two of the three skills centres of the Vocational Training Council. Face-to-face interviews were conducted to explore the areas of vocational aspirations, social and working life, and their comments on support services they required. The ten participants were divided into two groups: the job seeking group and the employment group based on their employment status. Each of the group was consisted of five participants. Both the job seeking and the employment groups wanted to have employment. The job seeking group was passive in seeking jobs. The job seeking group was rather passive when they had communication barriers with people in the workplace. Although the employment group also had encountered communication barriers in their workplace, they were keen to overcome the challenges. Support from the employers and co-workers was the key factor leading to the employment success of the employment group. The employers and co-workers tried to have face-to-face communication with them and spoke slowly to them. Some of the employers and co-workers learnt simple sign language so as to communicate with the employment group. The findings of this pilot study have implications on the vocational training and placements for people with hearing impairment. Work habits and interpersonal skills should be further emphasized in the vocational training programmes. Teamwork skills should be included so that people with hearing impairment can work with others while they participate in projects. People with hearing impairment should organize social activities for personal development, such as assertiveness and problem solving ability. They should be encouraged to have voluntary work in order to serve the community and develop their competence in life. Successful cases should be invited to share their employment experiences as role modeling. Support to employers and co-workers of people with hearing impairment should be provided so that they can provide accommodations in the workplace. Follow-up service should be provided by service providers so that people with hearing impairment are supported in seeking and maintaining their jobs for better job prospects and integrating into society.
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