The Boxing Ring(Employment)

Job Market is the boxing ring, perhaps with a Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather and maybe add a little of some Mike Tyson in the match.. Finding a job is like entering match! But it doesn’t end there, you gotta win those rounds before winning the match.. And then once you win the match you spends 3 to 6 months recovering and debating if you want to continue or to quit or to get let go.. You loose a little of yourself, kiss a few asses or lose a toe while opening a door, or you get knocked out. But then you get back up, recover from the fight and then go back into it.. Does that sound about right?? Straight forward cycle yeah?

Now lets talk about those deaf/hard of hearing people… For them its more sorta like that movie Cast Away with Tom Hanks (Chuck Noland ).. Well yeah maybe on the extreme side of it.. But I am going to use this as example of what we endure..

Fresh out of college after learning and accepting your identity, to learning and struggling to enhancing your knowledge, to meeting like minded people like themselves. But then everything changes once they leave college; it was like the college was a big thick pillow between gold fish (college) and black piranha(real world). College life was Tom Hank’s life before he crashed, and the helicopter was his pillow that was shatter to a new chapter of his life.

Hearing people struggle to get job, along with the additional waging war dealing with race and gender.. So if you think you guys have it hard. Deaf and hard of hearing people are five steps behind the hearing folks. The struggle and the battle between hearing people and proving to them that you can do it regardless how well their hearing is.

Searching jobs is like a soul crushing career of its’ own. While you watch your hearing counterparts eventually get jobs or do jobs that their ears will allow them to do. Deaf and hard of hearing people continue to fight that multi-battle between keeping their spirits up and continue looking for jobs. And I am not talking about just minimum wage or blue collard jobs. I am talking about having well paid jobs, high profiled careers and fast pace moving jobs. Difficulty comes with bridges of communications and knowledge of working with a deaf/hard of hearing person..

As I recently mentioned the bridges of communications and knowledge. People on earth for the most part are not first handily aware of deafness. One thing that makes deafness so challenging is the fact that it’s a invisible disability and it is more of a psychological factor instead of a physical one. And what I mean by that is that some of deaf people don’t wear hearing aids, some do and other wear cochlear implants.. So people seeing that we were a device would first think its a bluetooth or headphones. So deafness is going to be the last thing that comes to mind.

Deaf and hard of hearing people generally suffer of some degree of judgement rather it can be putting a cochlear implant in a baby ears to taking one’s hearing aids while being punished (form of silent treatment), to refusing to put close caption on ones tv to being told “never mind” or yelling while being communicated to or hard of hearing person to being accused of having selective hearing and the list goes on. But this is for the unrecognized or unaware hearing folks and as for the deaf and hard of hearing this is in-depth familiarity territory.

This is something that deaf and hard of hearing people face starting at birth. By the time we graduate from college we are aware of the subtleness of racism which is something we are educated at a young age.. So when we head out the the real world, we hold fear of rejection because of our hearing loss. We often get judged because of the way we may sound, or how we write, or because we are a mute and or because sign. Many companies are too cheap and too lazy to take the effort to accommodate the deaf and the hard of hearing. Many deaf and hard of hearing people are professional students, they go back to college because they cannot get a job following their original dreams.

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Divine Educators

 We…. No not just “WE” as in deaf people but people of Disabilities, and I mean all disabilities. People some say that we are special people which we require special needs. Which I agree with, I like for all of us to open our eyes to a bigger picture. We aren’t just special or someone with just a disability and will make life hard for either us or the people around us. Disable people are here to educate, we are divine because of our uniqueness, we are consider lightworkers or earth angles. We are educators for larger picture, we are sent here to earth to educate. People of disabilities educate people from the day we are born until the day we die, some become disable later in life or continue to having growing disabilities. So not all disabilities are born as we come out of our mothers wombs. Our lives are about lessons, about educating and reshaping our paths and help leading journeys rather it is good or bad.

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In our society, our earth and humanity most and many people see disability as a bad thing or a dark thing or a negative forced into the unnatural and different. Forcing one into an uncharted territory or into the unknown. Often forcing a change, forcing a belief of something to be broken down so the new set of thoughts and beliefs can be welcomed. Forcing you to learn and to be educated and to educate those around you..

What do I mean by all this crazy talk “Divine Educators”? Let me give you a small example. I was at the store standing in a very long line. I was up next in line, and the cashier machine didn’t not show its number on the screen since it was not working. It verbally called out and I didn’t hear it. The lady behind me walked in front of me and went to the cashier. I was pretty upset about her cutting in front of me after a long wait. Anyways the next cashier waved at me to come. So when passed the lady I told her it was rude and mean of you to cut in front of me. She said that I ignored her and so she cut in front of me.. I replied back to her did it accrued to you that I am deaf and I began signing to her as well. She appeared to be surprised and taken back; so that means I educated her, I gave her a piece of knowledge. Now its up to her to figure out what she wants to do with that knowledge.

More of intense situation: My best friend has a two year old little girl who she found out has autism. Like many people they take it as negative news. They either feel they are doomed, stuck, screwed or ask why do they or their kids deserve this. As she did she felt that her daughters life was pretty much over because of her newly discovered disability. Her life is just beginning and she is going to be their greatest teacher they will have. Along with having me in their lives..

Again, entering into the unknown or uncharted territories is not and are not consider bad or negative thing. I believe people are forced without preparation so they can become greater and better advocates for those who aren’t like the “Normal” and for those who have a disability to help better and teach the world around us. Look up some of the famous disable people, and you can see how they have help and reshape and define our world in some kind of way positive and negative. We are in the presence or apart of the past for a reason, like the say there is a reason for everything. We may or may not see that reason right now, or in front of us. That is why I call us Divine Educators.