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Deaf Awareness Week 2017

Deaf Awareness Week 2017

We are supporting Deaf Awareness Week, 15 - 21 May, by highlighting the positive outcomes of people being 'deaf aware'. 

The theme for this year's awareness week is ‘Connect and Communicate’ - focussing on the positive outcomes of being deaf aware and how involvement, not only throughout Deaf Awareness Week, but on a daily basis, can continue to improve the understanding of all types of deafness together with the communications methods that can be used.

Being deaf aware: 

Things to remember!

If you meet a deaf person, remember to:

  • Face the person while you are speaking, don't turn away

  • Speak clearly without shouting

  • Repeat yourself if necessary

  • Never say “It doesn’t matter”

  • If the person doesn’t understand you, don't give up!

  • Write it down or draw a picture

  • speak one at a time

  • keep your mouth visible

  • smile and relax!

  • Don't speak too quickly or too slowly

Deafness - some facts

  • 1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by hearing loss (@ 10 million)

  • 6.5 million of these are aged 60 and over

  • 3.7 million are of working age

  • Around 2 million people in the UK have hearing aids

  • About 800,000 are severely or profoundly deaf

Useful links for you to look at: