Robyn Quigley is a second year Communications student at Dublin City University.
This summer she completed a two-month work experience placement in the communications department of SIRO, a company rolling out fibre broadband across the country.
Robyn has hearing difficulties, but can lipread.
She said that she had some trepidation before she started her placement, fearing that she would be "left out" of workplace discussions.
However, she said that her voice was heard and after working for the summer, she is now comfortable with saying she is deaf and proud to be deaf.
Robyn was speaking to RTÉ News as figures reveal that just one in three people in Ireland with disabilities have a job.
This ranks Ireland as one of the lowest shares in Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development area.
The organisation warns that the impact of Covid-19 could see the labour market for people with disabilities deteriorating further, as happened following the global financial crisis.
Robyn Quigley, a second year Communications student at DCU who has hearing difficulties, has said work experience has helped her feel more comfortable in her own skin | Read more: https://t.co/YItAsvzEVJ pic.twitter.com/hW4CL8SN93— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 22, 2021
Robyn said that being in the workplace meant she had to verbally say that she was deaf, and tell people that she had to lipread and needed subtitles on Zoom.
In the past, she says, she did not like to say too much about her deafness in case other people felt it was a sensitive topic.
However she said she soon felt comfortable in her own skin and gained a lot of confidence working with the company.
Seonaid Ó Murchadha, a Director of the Independent Living Movement of Ireland, which represents people with disabilities, welcomed the OECD report.
She says structural barriers need to be removed for all disabled people, particularly the barriers in how policies and schemes are created.
"It's actually a disincentive and a barrier and further discriminates against disabled people looking for work," she says.
21st Century schemes and grants for employers that reflect 21st Century jobs is what's required according to @ILMIreland Director @BionicWoman_IE who was reacting to today's @OECD report on employment for people with disabilities. More on 6.1 news pic.twitter.com/Rhmol8bgrH— Ailbhe Conneely (@AilbheConneely) September 22, 2021
She added that employer engagement is essential, not just for people with disabilities, but everybody after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Blanaid O'Regan, the Director of People and Culture at SIRO, said the company found the experience valuable.
It rolled out disability training throughout the organisation and this had a positive effect on the ground, she said.