Stuart McMillan MSP urges local employers to use charity’s toolkit to improve recruitment and support for deaf staff

Stuart McMillan MSP is urging local employers to use a charity’s toolkit, which has been produced to help organisations break down barriers facing jobseekers or employees who are Deaf or have a hearing loss.

The MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde is backing Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Working for Change campaign influencing businesses to provide person-centred communication support for prospective and current deaf or hard of hearing staff.

The charity’s Employers’ Guide was developed in response to the charity’s research findings showing more than half of survey respondents were mocked or teased about their deafness in their workplace, and more than a third felt bullied by colleagues.

Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“I welcome Action on Hearing Loss’s Employers’ Guide and encourage employers in Greenock and Inverclyde to use the toolkit as it offers best practice examples demonstrating the ease and value of recruiting prospective employees and supporting existing staff who are deaf or hard of hearing to thrive in the workplace.

“I commend the guide for local businesses as a useful resource in highlighting many small and inexpensive adjustments that can be made to job application processes, workplace layouts and communication methods to enable deaf colleagues to fulfil their career potential.”

Teri Devine, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said:

“We appreciate Stuart McMillan MSP’s support for our toolkit and look forward to engaging with employers in Inverclyde to ensure they are fully aware of the importance of providing support which meets individual communication needs, so that talented colleagues can be recruited and continue to stay in employment for longer to achieve their aspirations.”

For more information about supporting people who are Deaf or have hearing loss in the workplace, email: scotland@hearingloss.org.uk or call/text: 07388 227407.

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