"I am Deaf, and trying to advance in my workplace. The Company is an Envelope Factory. It is very noisy enviroment. I dont mind as I shut off my hearing aid. I have been told I can not be an Operator on the machine for "Safety reasons". I recently asked my supervisor what the requirements were for operating a forklift, and I have yet to get a response. This is unusual for him as he normally responds within 24 hrs. It has now been almost a week. I m sure he is communicating with Human Resources. I would not be surprised if "Safety reasons" would be the response I get back, if I ever get one. I have driven a forklift in previous places, but they always refused to allow me to become licenced. It is Company Policy that only licenced people r allowed to drive forklifts. They would hire a brandnew hearing person and immediately send him for training and licence. I have asked many times there, and still never have training. And then one day, through no fault of mine, I was told I cant drive a forklift for "Safety Reasons". How can I get past this shield and do the jobs I know I can do?"