October 16, 2016 by alansoh79
It has been several months since I rejoined Young ChangeMakers 2.0 at National Youth Council, as a YCM project curator aka mentor.
I am presently the YCM Project Mentor behind a group of enthusiastic undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.
The team is planning a campaign, titled “Breaking the Sound Barrier”, which hopes to help the deaf community in Singapore.
1 out of every 1,000 babies born in Singapore have severe or profound hearing loss, and the team found themselves being drawn to this issue and hence, would like to do something for the deaf Singaporeans.
The main partner of this project, Singapore Association of the Deaf (SADeaf) has served the deaf community for over 61 years. To the team, it has highlighted the problem of deaf Singaporeans having difficulty in searching and getting jobs despite having the same qualifications as others. As such, there is an increasing importance to help create an inclusive workplace environment for the deaf.
The objectives of this 7-month campaign are:
- to heighten awareness among employers of the potential of deaf community as ABLE employees,
- to change employers’ perceptions towards hiring the deaf,
- to encourage more local employers to hire the deaf.
The key message here is; to break employment barriers for deaf Singaporeans – they can be valuable employees and excellent contributors to our workorce.
The deaf are just like you and me.
By supporting and dispensing advice to this project, I am indirectly helping similar Singaporeans like myself. Therefore, I stepped forward to be their mentor, offering help.
Presently the team is carrying out a survey to better understand the current situation.
I will be very grateful if you could help us to spread word about this online survey to people in your network connections, of whom you know who are managers, particularly Human Resource personnel, or anyone involved in the hiring procedures.
Responses are kept 100% confidential, and the information collated will be very helpful to this campaign.
Here is the Breaking the Sound Barrier – Online Survey
I hope you can assist us, in helping this group of Singaporeans, building a more inclusive Singapore.
Thank you very much! 🙂