Deaf News: Deaf woman told she will never work in an office wins business skills award

Posted on September 3, 2014



A deaf woman who feared she might never achieve her dream of working in an office has proved doubters wrong.

Katie Guy, of Salford, has been awarded Apprentice of the Year at the Greater Manchester Skills for Business awards. She won the accolade for commitment to her job as a data entry clerk at Trafford Council. She has also delivered workshops on deaf awareness to her colleagues.

The 21-year-old became profoundly deaf in childhood due to contracting meningitis, but dreamt of working in administration.

Collecting her award, Ms. Guy said; ““I always wanted to work in an office but people told me I couldn’t as I wasn’t able to use the phone due to my deafness.

“However, I was determined not let my disability affect my career choice.”

Adrian Bates, partnership manager at Trafford council, said: “Katie is an inspiration to us all as she constantly opens herself up to new experiences and pushes herself beyond her comfort zone.

“She amazes us with her confidence and maturity and we’re proud of the progress she’s made. I’m convinced she will be a great success in her career.”

Comedian and television presenter Dara O’Briain hosted the ceremony and presented Ms. Guy with her award.

See the original article here – http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/deaf-woman-warned-could-never-7709253

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