Factors Affecting the Occupational Expectations of Women with Hearing Impairment: the Case of Addis Ababa University

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Addis Ababa University


The overall aim of this qualitative study was analyzing the factors that affect the occupational expectation of women with hearing impairment who are attending their university education. Because of the negative perception that have been implanted within the society and lack of supportive services such as use of communication methods and counseling, students with hearing impairment are not sure whether they can assume job after they attain degree. Although both male andfemale groups are facing such bias in the labor mm·ket, the degrees of challenges are severe among females and this is in particular related to the denial of their right. Therefore identifying which factors are the most common to affect their occupational expectation was conducted in Addis Ababa University, Sidist kilo campus among those with hearing impairment. Interview guide were used to answer research questions related to the attitudes of students with hearing problem with regard to their job expectation. During the interview, an in-depth discussion was carried out with 15 f emale students with hearing impairments. Purposive sampling was used to select the site and Available Samplings were applied to select respondents. In the result of the study, almost allfemale respondents said that they may not assume job either because of scarcity of jobs, negative attitudes of employers, lack of information about job availability and lack of counseling while they are attending class. Lack of skill trainings also been reported to deter them from involving in business scheme. To resolve the factors affecting expectation problem, it is necessary and important to run development activities designed to address the particular needs of women with hearing impairment through sector-specific projects. But at the same time, it is also vital to address disability as a crosscutting issue, and to consider the needs of all sectors of a diverse population in generic development projects if the issues of concern to women with hearing impairment are not to remain as a side issue. All development staff should automatically consider and incorporate the rights and needs of women with hearing impairment into the design and application of their work, as they do regarding other marginalized and discriminated populations



Women with Hearing Impairment