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Deaf man from Leicester dreams of being doorman
Brian Bayliss from Leicester
"I've been a doorman before, about 10 years ago," said Brian Bayliss

A Leicester man believes his disability has been stopping him from getting his dream job as a door supervisor.

Brian Bayliss, 52, who was born deaf, needs to apply for a license to qualify for the position but said he is "finding it extremely difficult".

The job is not new to Brian. He was a doorman in the past - before the Security Industry Authority (SIA), who grants the license, was set up.

"I've been a doorman - about 10 years ago. I won't give up," said Brian.

Brian's friend Gail has been helping him get the job he desires.

"We've been trying to get him on a course to get the SIA license but we're finding it increasingly difficult.

Doorman
Brian has his heart set on being a doorman and will not give up until he is able to do it
Gail, Brian's friend

"This has now been going on since April this year.

"We're trying to get one avenue where we can do everything in one go, but we keep coming up against brick walls.

"But Brian has his heart set on being a doorman and will not give up until he is able to do it."

The SIA have said that there is nothing to stop a deaf person being a doorman as long as they pass the fit and proper requirements.

In a statement they say each person is dealt with on a case by case basis and the final decision is made by the individual trainers which is often based on whether they have got the facilities to meet the applicants needs.

A wider issue

Ruth Scott from Scope, a disability charity, said these problems are not uncommon and are likely to get worse.

"It's a real problem. We know that 50% of disabled people are unemployed, suggesting disabled people are finding it hard to find work.

"A big problem within that is assumptions that employers make and employers being reluctant to take on disabled people.

"That creates real problems in terms of being able to prove and demonstrate that they would be a good person to employ."




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