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  3/24/2014, Adar Bet 22, 5774

50% Unemployment Among Hearing Impaired


About 50 percent of the deaf and hearing-impaired population in Israel is unemployed against its will, according to figures compiled by AHA, the association for deaf people in Israel. In a special Arutz Sheva' interview ahead of Monday's fundraising effort by the Natal and Nitzan organizations on behalf of the hearing-impaired sector, Chief Executive Officer Eitan Milner of AHA' said the problem is one of awareness by potential employers, despite the quality of the workers, a lower risk of aural distractions, government subsidies for their salaries and communications devices.

Milner said another problem facing the deaf and hearing impaired is government slowness in implementing access legislation. This is manifest in the lack of technology to allow the deaf and hearing impaired to communicate with emergency hotlines and personnel.