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Disabled people, work and welfareIs employment really the answer?$
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Chris Grover and Linda Piggott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318323

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318323.001.0001

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Employment experiences and outcomes of young people in Scotland who are deaf or hard of hearing

Employment experiences and outcomes of young people in Scotland who are deaf or hard of hearing

intersections of deafness and social class

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(p.163) Nine Employment experiences and outcomes of young people in Scotland who are deaf or hard of hearing
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Disabled people, work and welfare
Author(s):

Mariela Fordyce

Sheila Riddell

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318323.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the influence of social class on the employment outcomes of young people who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) in Scotland. It draws on semi-structured interviews with young people aged 18-24 who are DHH, and secondary analyses of administrative and survey data. It was found that, in line with the mainstream population, social class is strongly associated with qualifications and employment outcomes. The interviews revealed that all young people encountered difficulties in securing and maintaining employment. However, those from less advantaged social backgrounds were more likely to encounter overt discriminatory attitudes, had limited work experience and lacked the social resources which enabled their middle-class peers to overcome systemic barriers in the labour market. This research suggests that if the life chances of deaf young people are to be improved, both social class and deafness need to be taken into consideration by policy makers and practitioners.

Keywords:   barriers, deafness, discriminatory attitudes, employment outcomes, labour market, qualifications, Scotland, social class

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