01 Oct '11, 9pm

"Words such as 'I love you', 'elephant shoes' and 'colourful' all look the same when pronounced"

When she first began working with hearing-impaired staff, entrepreneur Leona Leong always ordered lunch for them because she thought they could not do so themselves. That is, until one of her deaf employees took her Long John Silver's lunch order and bought it back for her one day. Laughing now at the memory, Ms Leong, co-owner of a social enterprise that hires the hearing-impaired, said she hopes to help clear up such misconceptions the public might have about this group. The 27-year-old currently employs three deaf workers for her candy business. Two of them handle marketing activities, while the third, Ms Micah Sanjose, is the resident handicraft expert. They also help with workshops for customers as Ms Leong wants them to interact with more people. "Some people call themselves a social enterprise by giving beneficiaries very simple tasks to do, like throwing rubbish, p...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Sunday/FaceintheCrowd/EDC11100...

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