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Deaf Awareness Week

From Tuesday 2 May to Monday 8 May 2023, it's Deaf Awareness Week.

What is the aim of Deaf Awareness Week?
Each year, the week brings awareness to the isolation that deaf people can experience, whilst promoting social inclusion of those with hearing loss. The week also generates awareness of British Sign Language, spreading the form of communication to make society a more accessible place for people with hearing loss.

Deaf Awareness Week helps us to better understand deaf culture and shows that deaf and hard-of-hearing people are just as capable and intelligent as hearing individuals. The week reminds the public that deaf people have their own communities, cultures, languages, and sign languages, which unite them.  

​​​​​​​Why Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week?
There are 12 million people in the UK who are deaf or suffering from hearing loss and 151,000 people using British Sign Language (BSL). It has also been reported that people who are deaf or have hearing loss are 50% more likely to have poor mental health, meaning that is vitally important that we show support to the deaf community.


Deaf Awareness Training

Thursday 4 May, 11.00 – 12.30, Online via MS Teams

Join the Deaf awareness training open to all staff and students. The training will help you to understand hearing loss and the barriers faced by people with hearing loss in the workplace. It will inform you of the equal access requirements and the equipment and support available to help ensure the social inclusion of people who are D/deaf . It will enable you to be more confident when communicating with people with hearing loss using several strategies. 

You can find the MS Teams joining link on the Student Events calendar here

Further Support

Disability Advisers at Herts

British Deaf Association

National Deaf Children's Society

Royal National Institute of Deaf People

The Phoenix Group for deaf children and young people

Contact Us

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Office

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Office

Today 09:00 - 17:00

Student Wellbeing

Today 8.30 - 17:00
Student Wellbeing is closed at weekends and during holiday periods.
Hutton Hub, College Lane