Deaf Awareness Week launches support package

The UK Council on Deafness has launched a support package for companies, organisations and individual dispensers who are planning to promote the annual Deaf Awareness Week which this year runs from May 2nd to 8th.   This year the event will celebrate collaborative work that has made a difference for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

The UK Council on Deafness is the umbrella body for voluntary organisations working with deaf people in the UK with a mission is to assist organisations and the sector as a whole to maximise the positive impact they have for deaf people.

Council on Deafness members have united behind a common purpose – to realise a vision of a world that benefits from people who are deaf or have a hearing loss being able to fulfil their potential.  That vision will be achieved by working with people who are deaf or have a hearing loss to make sure they have equal access to all aspects of society. In particular, work is being done to

  • raise awareness;
  • improve access to education and employment;
  • make sure people have the information they need;
  • educate people about the importance of preventing hearing loss; and
  • improve the quality of services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said: “This year’s Deaf Awareness Week celebrates the fact our sector is effectively working together for the benefit of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

“The BSL Scotland Act, significant improvements to Access to Work, more public and private services accessible to BSL users, a government led review of the marketing, communication and language support – none of these things would have happened if we hadn’t pulled together,” he said.

The Council has produced a draft Press Release which organisations can use together with a series of posters. All can be downloaded from HERE

 

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