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Deaf Awareness Week 2017

Deaf Awareness Week takes place between 15th-21st May, 2017.

Promoted by the UK Council on Deafness, the week will provide the opportunity to raise awareness that 1 in 6 people in the UK are deaf or have a hearing loss as well as celebrate all of the collaborative work that has made a difference for these people.

Members of the UK Council on Deafness and others have united behind a common purpose and work is ongoing to:

  • Raise awareness.
  • Improve access to education and employment.
  • Make sure people have the information they need.
  • Inform government and the public about deafness and hearing loss.
  • Support the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness.
  • Educate people about the importance of preventing hearing loss.
  • Improve the quality of services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

This year, Deaf Awareness Week looks at how small changes can have a big impact on people who are deaf or have hearing loss, in those areas of everyday life that matter to us all:

  • Friends and family
  • The workplace
  • Socialising
  • Accessing services
  • General communication

People will be sharing their real experiences, and we will provide helpful tips that can be shared with friends, family and colleagues, and staff in bars, restaurants, shops and other public buildings, to encourage them to become more deaf aware.

Craig Crowley, Chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said:

“This year’s Deaf Awareness Week is ‘A Celebration’ of collaboration and working together on a joint campaign for the benefit of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.”

Below is a video created for Deaf Awareness Week 2017 to encourage as many people as possible to learn to finger spell their name:

Below if an infographic which presents some facts about deafness:

Deaf Awareness Week 2017 Infographic

Access to Healthcare

People with hearing loss often find it difficult to communicate with health professionals, and some avoid healthcare settings altogether because they expect difficulties. Even booking a GP appointment can be a challenge, and people with hearing loss often leave appointments unclear about their condition and medical instructions. In many cases, hospitals overlook their responsibility to provide communication support to those with hearing loss and fail to provide interpreters for British Sign Language (BSL) users.

Below is a poster featuring some tips on how to communicate with people who are deaf or have a hearing loss in the workplace:

Workplace Tips for Deafness

For further information, please visit the UK Council on Deafness and/or Action on Hearing Loss websites.


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