Breaking Barriers to Professional Achievement

Herbert Klein


My working career started after I attained a diploma in Theatre Design, when I went to work for both The National Theatre and the British Theatre of Deaf. Following this I studied for a diploma in carpentry, and took a variety of jobs. I found myself answering an advertisement in the British Deaf News offering a job in mental health. To date I have worked within the National Deaf Service for 24 years, and have been ideally placed to see the transformations within this workplace. The following is a personal account of how Deaf professionals came more and more to the fore in what is still a largely hearing-led field of work.

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