The unemployment rate of Deaf Canadians is significantly higher than the general population (CAD, 1998). Deaf individuals have IQ levels similar to the general population (Vernon, 2005). Considering the comparable IQs it begs the question: Why are so many Deaf Canadians unemployed or underemployed?
The research is going to address the employment needs of Deaf Canadians. The research is attempting to determine what factors
The project focuses on five groups
The input of each of these groups is important to the study however the main focus is on Deaf Community Members. Within Deaf Community Members participants with the following criteria were chosen
The high rate of unemployment causes two major problems:
Five key factors were revealed that influence the employment of Deaf Canadians
The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was established to provide feedback and guidance for the ‘Deaf Workforce’ project. The PAC members consisted of Deaf professionals from
The research findings were presented to the PAC members on March 4, 2011. The PAC members’ primary recommendation is a development of a Deaf lead Non-governmental organization (NGO). The focus of the NGO is on
The mandate of the NGO includes
The PAC recommended a three-staged approach to implement the recommendations. Stage 1 – The Establishment of a Professional Advisory Committee This committee would consist of
The purpose of the PAC would be to plan, organize and host a National Deaf Employment Conference that addresses all of the recommendations made in this report. Stage 2 – National Deaf Conference. The National Deaf Conference will address the ‘recommendation’ topics from the ‘PAC 2010-2011 Deaf Workforce’ meeting. The topics addressed include
Participants in the conference would include
The purpose of the National Deaf Employment Conference would be to develop the action plan for a Non-Governmental Organization. Stage 3 – The Establishment of a NGO The Non-governmental organization would then focus on the recommendations from the National Deaf Employment Conference and develop an action plan to address each of the topics discussed.