Last month was New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) week, one of Geneva Healthcare’s deaf employees, Melanie, shared her story about her search for employment, and how she found a team that was the perfect fit for her, with the help from Geneva Elevator's Supported Employment programme.
Before Melanie arrived at Geneva, she had experienced barriers when applying online for jobs herself, and most employers turned her down. According to her, employers are not aware of the abilities and the skills that deaf people have, not realising that they too can achieve anything in any roles.
There are many free taster classes and events throughout NZSL week on an annual basis, and this is a great opportunity for everyone to learn Sign Language. NZSL is an official language of Aotearoa, and has its own structure and grammar, being unique to New Zealand and its Deaf Community. You can also learn Sign Language in your own time by using NZSL dictionary, simply follow this link https://www.nzsl.nz/ .
Melanie says she would like for the Deaf Community to feel normalised, with communicating in NZSL and being treated like everyone else. If you have a disability, injury or health concern, Geneva Elevator can help you achieve your goals with Supported Employment, Skills Training and Job Placement. Click here to learn more about the programme: https://www.genevahealth.com/find-support/flexible-disability-injury-support/ .
Geneva are New Zealand’s trusted experts in aged care, illness, injury and disability support, and since 1996, they have been supporting New Zealanders to live their best life and thrive, by keeping well, living independently and staying connected with their community.
With a highly trained, multicultural workforce and offices nationwide, Geneva are a leading force in the industry, known for creativity and technology-driven, innovative solutions that enable them to be more responsive in the delivery of high quality healthcare services, so for more information on health jobs, please go to www.genevahealthcare.co.nz .