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15 MayDeaf Awareness Week launched in Brent

5th May 2017 Mayor's Parlour Brent Civic Centre Councillor Parvez Ahmed, The Mayor signs ‘Welcome’ Mei Sim Lai, OBE DL, Deputy Lieutenant of Brent signs ‘Brent’ Cllr Muhammed Butt. Leader of the Council Signs 'Deaf' Althea Loderick, Strategic Director, Resources signs ’Awareness’ Dr Ethie Kong, Chair of Brent Clinical Commissioning Group signs, ‘Week’ Asif Iqbal MBE, President of Harrow and Brent United Deaf Club signs ’OK’ Photographer: Justin Thomas

President of the Harrow and Brent United Deaf Club Asif Iqbal MBE visited Brent Civic Centre last week to launch National Deaf Awareness Week (15 – 21 May).

During a meeting with the Mayor of Brent, Cllr Parvez Ahmed, Mei Sim Lai, OBE DL, Deputy Lieutenant of Brent and Dr Ethie Kong, Chair of Brent Clinical Commissioning Group, Asif explained how to communicate with a deaf person in BSL (British Sign Language) and taught a few signs.

As part of our commitment to providing inclusive and accessible services to residents, Brent Council will be working together with local deaf communities, Harrow and Brent United Deaf Club and other local organisations to sign the British Sign Language (BSL) Charter over the coming year. Read more of this article

11 MayStagetext celebrate Deaf Awareness Week!

Deaf Awareness Week 15 – 21 May

There are a variety of Stagetext captioned events taking place across the UK during Deaf Awareness Week:

Screenings of director Naoko Yamada’s anime A Silent Voice with Digital Cinema Captions by Stagetext are taking place on Tue 16 May 7:00pm in Showcase Cinemas in Leeds, Bristol, Cardiff, Leicester, Nottingham, Reading, Peterborough and Bluewater.
Cheek by Jowl’s production of The Winter’s Tale is also available to watch online, with digital subtitles by Stagetext, until 22 May.

Talks with live subtitles during the week include:
Now you hear it, now you don’t: the neuroscience of deafness at the The Royal Society on Mon 15 May 6:30pm
Enid Blyton and Me at The British Academy on Wed 17 May 6:30pm.


Captioned theatre performances include:
I Capture The Castle, Oxford Playhouse, Wed 17 May 7.30pm,
Twelfth Night, Royal Exchange, Manchester, Thu 18 May 7:30pm
The Importance of Being Earnest, Theatr Clwyd, Sat 20 May 2:30pm.

This is just a selection of the captioned events during the week, for full listings please visit Stagetext’s What’s On listings or sign up to the Stagetext newsletter to receive regular updates.

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05 May19th May at Asda Radcliffe

05 May21st May – Lady & The Tramp – Birmingham

Lady & The Tramp charity screening

This screening will feature English subtitles for the hard of hearing.

Book Tickets

The Electric Cinema
47-49 Station Street
Tel: 0121 643 7879

Midday – Screen 1
Join us for a family friendly matinee of a true Disney animated classic – Lady & The Tramp, the 1955 feature which follows a pampered cocker spaniel named Lady (Barbara Luddy) whose comfortable life slips away once her owners have a baby. When, after some tense circumstances, Lady finds herself on the loose and out on the street, she is befriended and protected by the tough stray mutt Tramp (Larry Roberts).

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03 MayCelebrating the support for deaf people on 2nd – 5th May

The support available for deaf people in North Somerset will be highlighted during Deaf Awareness Week from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 May.

The week will have a ‘celebration’ theme and will showcase the work of the various organisations providing support for people who are deaf or affected by hearing loss.

There will be a display of information and equipment in the foyer of the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare throughout the week. Representatives from different services will be there and available to talk to between 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm from Tuesday to Friday.

They will include:

  • Action on Hearing Loss who will be offering free online hearing checks
  • Sense – a dual sensory impairment charity based in Bristol
  • Vision North Somerset’s equipment officer for deaf and hearing impaired people who will visit people in their homes to assess what equipment could help them such as a flashing doorbell system, amplified telephone or television aid
  • Weston General Hospital’s audiology service
  • Weston College
  • Citizens Advice North Somerset
  • Avon Fire and Rescue Service
  • North Somerset Council’s social worker who supports deaf and hard of hearing people
  • SARABEC who will be demonstrating specialist equipment for deaf people
  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People who train dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they would otherwise miss
  • Community Connect
  • AB Cochlear Implants.

Visitors to the Town Hall will also have the opportunity to talk to Derek Boardman and Lucy Brewer who will be running interactive deaf awareness activities.

Derek, a former sign language teacher, was diagnosed as deaf when he was four years old. Lucy is also profoundly deaf and has a hearing dog Cazzie to alert her to sounds such as doorbells, alarm clocks and traffic.

A timetable of who will be at the stand at what time is available on the council’s website at or by telephone on 01275 882 826 or 07917 265576.

There will also be a ‘crack the code’ competition using British Sign Language (BSL) finger spelling and a digital interactive colouring activity for young children with prizes for the winners.

In addition, lip reading teacher Gillian Drennan will be running free lip reading taster sessions at the Town Hall on Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 12.30pm. These 20-minute sessions need to be booked in advance by texting 0748 200 2303.

Weston College’s deaf and hard of hearing lead practitioner Emm Sharpe will be visiting Uphill and Mendip Green primary schools on Tuesday and Locking and Ashcombe primary schools on Thursday, accompanied by Derek Boardman and Lucy Brewer with her dog Cazzie.

Derek will sign a story to the children supported by a BSL interpreter. Emm, with the help of Derek and Lucy, will then teach the children some basic BSL phrases and the alphabet.

There will also be an information stand at Portishead Library on Thursday where Liz Watkins, the council’s social worker supporting deaf people, will be available to talk to and give advice, and a stand in the main reception area at Weston Hospital each morning supported by the hospital’s audiology service.