Deaf Awareness Week 2021 – Coming Through it Together (4-9 May)
In the UK alone, there are over 10 million people living with some form of hearing loss, whether it is mild or profound. Deaf Awareness Week is all about promoting the positive aspects of living with deafness. Deaf Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the isolation that deaf people can occasionally experience and promote the importance of social inclusion around the deaf community.
Five Deaf Awareness Facts
- Hearing loss and deafness are defined as a hidden disability
- As well as British Sign Language (BSL), there are international sign languages including American sign language and French sign language
- Within the UK, there are regional variations of BSL just like there are with spoken language
- Lip-reading helps deaf people to understand what others are saying, but even the best lip readers still miss up to 40% of what has been said.
- The Royal college of Speech and Language therapists highlighted that the increased use of face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic makes it harder for people with hearing loss to communicate.
For more information see https://www.deafcouncil.org.uk/deaf-awareness-week/
The Disability Partnership Calderdale works with local authorities and communities to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Calderdale. It also aims to provide reliable, up-to-date information, advice and guidance. You can also contact the Calderdale Deaf Association here