Deaf Awareness Week
|From 4-10 May 2015 Deaf Awareness Week will celebrate the collective achievements of organisations working with deaf people. |
It will also recognise the positive steps taken by employers and services to make sure deaf and hard of hearing people are treated fairly and have equal access.
Promoted by the UK Council on Deafness, Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about deaf or hard of hearing people in the UK.
Philip Gerrard, Chief Executive of Deaf Direct, said “Deaf Direct are pleased to be part of Deaf Awareness Week, helping to promote the positive aspects of deafness and raise awareness of how we can help to support local people with a hearing loss, their families and friends. With 1 in 6 people having a hearing loss, most people now know someone in their family, at work or socially who has some type of hearing loss.”
Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said “The theme of this year’s Deaf Awareness Week is in response to increasing collaboration in the sector. Over the past year we have together secured better access to health services and information, improved relay services, made changes to Access to Work, challenged plans to deny people hearing aids and more. Without concerted efforts to connect and collaborate these things wouldn’t have happened. And it’s why we’re working to identify a common purpose for organisations working in the field of deafness.”