This week Deaf Direct were in the news in Oxford
Deaf Direct works with people who are deaf or hard of hearing along with their families, carers and other professionals. Recently we were invited by Donnington Community Centre’s over 50’s club to run an interactive workshop to help members improve communication with their Deaf neighbors. The over 50’s group were assisted by Age UK Oxford and their “Get the Picture” project.
The workshop was attended by members of the over 50’s group and other professionals working with older people. Communication Manager Victoria Carrabin lead the session which looked at some of the difficulties experienced by deaf people every day and how other people can help to reduce these barriers. Everyone had a go at lip-reading which is much more difficult than people think. There was a talk by the fire service about fire safety and the local Community Police Officer came to introduce himself. Ben Smith from Oxfordshire’s Sensory Impairment team also came and gave a talk about the equipment that is available from the County Council for Deaf and hard of hearing people. In the afternoon the group learned some basic sign language to help them communicate more effectively with their group member who uses sign language.
John Corble, who has been deaf since he was one, has been part of the over 50’s group since it formed. He said: “It has been an interesting day for people to learn how to support people with hearing difficulties.”