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Deaf Awareness Week

2021 - May, Latest news

We're supporting Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Awareness Week is an annual event primarily owned and promoted by the UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) to raise awareness and challenges of Deafness and hearing loss faced by 1 in 6 people in the UK.

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This year the theme is about ‘Coming Through it Together’ and, in line with our own 'Everybody is unique' campaign, throughout the week we will be supporting the efforts of UKCoD to celebrate Deafness, raise awareness of the best practice and use the week for demonstrating change and positivity

Together, the aim is to continue to:

  • raise awareness;
  • improve access to education, health, social care and employment;
  • ensure people have the accessible information they need;
  • advocate and inform the Government and the public at large about Deafness and hearing loss;
  • raise awareness about the importance of embracing and recognising language and culture, preventing hearing loss;
  • and improve the quality of services for people who are Deaf or have a hearing loss;
  • continue to raise the profile and importance of equality, accessibility and recognition through our supporting sub-groups in Deaf Access in Communications (DAC), Employment (including Access to Work), British Sign Language Act Group(BSLA ).

Deaf Awareness Week is always an excellent opportunity to show solidarity and further raise awareness of the importance of accessibility and inclusion. This year it is important that as changes are introduced as a result of the pandemic in so many areas, particularly with the emphasis on remote working, the needs of people who are deaf or have any level of hearing loss are understood and necessary adjustments made to services. 

More information is available from the Deaf Awareness Week website 

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