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15 MayRAD – Join our Sign Your Name campaign

Can you imagine how it feels when you communicate in your first language and most people don’t understand you?

This is reality for people who are born Deaf and whose first language is British Sign Language (BSL). Deaf Awareness Week starts today.  The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) will be embracing this year’s theme ‘A celebration of’ with a number of events and activities during the week.To celebrate the start of Deaf Awareness Week, we want to encourage as many people as possible to learn to fingerspell their name.

It’s really easy!

We have created a video to help you learn how to fingerspell your name:

So, why not give it a go.

Record a video of you signing your name and share it on your favourite social media channel. If you tag us, we’ll share it.

How about using your video as your facebook profile for Deaf-Awareness Week to encourage all of your friends and family to try signing their name too?

Facebook have a how-to guide at

15 MayDeafAction

It’s #deafawarenessweek2017

Last year our youth group created a series of posters, raising awareness of deafness and potential barriers deaf people may face

We are pleased to reveal a new series of posters that we will upload every day this week

Please share and enjoy!  More at @DeafActionFBpage

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15 MayJoin our #SIGNSELFIE campaign

Join our #SIGNSELFIE campaign for Deaf Awareness Week: 15th – 21st May 2017. 

It’s very easy to take part:

1. Sign the first letter of your name
2. Take a photo
3. Post it on social media (Twitter and/or Facebook) and include “Text SIGN17 £2 to 70070 to donate £2 to SignHealth
4. Use #signselfie and tag @SignHealth so we can see your photos!

Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness that over 11 million people in the UK (1 in 6) are deaf or have a hearing loss.

15 MayDeaf Awareness Training at Betty and Asher Loftus Centre (BALC)

To kick off Deaf Awareness Week, today JDA’s very knowledgeable staff Andrew and Gabbie are delivering on of our tailor-made, professional training courses. This will enable workers at Jewish Cares’ BALC to understand how having a hearing loss affects people, practically and emotionally.

Our ‘Hearing Loss in Residential Care’ training courses provide staff and management with:

  • Appreciation of how deafness can affect behaviour
  • Knowledge of how to recognise the signs of hearing loss
  • Use of hearing aids to gain a better understanding of the difficulties of adjusting to amplified and artificial sound
  • Experience in using an induction loop, which helps residents to participate in activities better
  • Practice in re-tubing hearing aids so they work more effectively
  • Skills in clear communication with deaf people
  • Hands-on experience with equipment such as alerting devices and personal television amplifiers

Come and see us at the Royal Free Hospital

Our staff and volunteers will be manning a stall at the Royal Free Hospital on Wednesday 17th May from 9.30am – 4.30pm, in aid of Deaf Awareness Week. We will have a display of different equipment available as well as offering expert advice on a number of subjects such as:

  • How to get the best out of your hearing aids
  • What equipment is available and where from

Help and advice for care home staff and their residents

15 MayDeaf Umbrella DAW Tips 2017