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Archive for May 7th, 2020

07 MayNational Association of Deafened People

NADP represents all people with a hearing loss who use English as their main language, not just deafened people. We are voluntary led by people with a hearing loss and provide support to individuals, both directly and through our extensive network of key decision makers. We live hearing loss and that is the unique angle we provide to discussion and debate.

Since the COVID 19 outbreak we have provided key information to support our membership recognising the changing environment we are in. This includes information they may need if they need to visit hospital along with regular updates on sources of information to assist them during lockdown. Through our president Lilian Greenwood MP we have reached out to government and MPs to state what we believe needs to be done to ensure people with a hearing loss are not left out in decision making.

Our recent drop in at Parliament, prior to lock down, in support of World Hearing Day, was received by nearly 50 MPs, who expressed support for the needs of people with a hearing loss, particularly within their constituencies. NADP provided a hand out stating what MPs could do to support people with a hearing loss, for them to take away. NADP is currently following up and extending this network of support with MPs.

NADP fully supports Deaf Awareness Week and in particular, the theme of Acquired Hearing Loss, which in our view is so often ignored or simply misunderstood by policy and decision makers in government and industry. Yet Acquired Hearing Loss can have a significant impact on an individual’s social and mental well being, as well as their confidence and self esteem at work. We welcome the opportunity to help support people with an Acquired Hearing Loss.

07 MayHappy Awareness Week!


AVSTTR’s Gill Croft has been speaking to Sandra Norburn about her acquired deafness:

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First of all I hope you’re ok. Isolating is hard for everyone but can be even harder if you’re deaf.

The theme this year is ‘Acquired Deafness’ which simply means you lost your hearing at some point during your life, rather than being born deaf.

This is a lot more common than people might think. It happens to older people, but it may happen to people all through their lives and often there isn’t any explanation for it.

It happened to me in my 30s. I was a busy working mum with two teenage children.  First of all, I noticed when they would shout to me from another room I wouldn’t be able to understand what they were saying. I could hear their voices, even some of the words, but not enough to make sense of it.

Later, I noticed that if I was at home with the TV on or music playing – the kids would come in and complain it was really loud.

Then at work I started having difficulty on the phone. It seemed as if everyone mumbled! If only they would speak up! And slow down!  Read more of this article

07 May180 new GPs in the SignLive Community Directory

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We are thrilled to announce that we have 3 new partnerships that cover 180 GP surgeries in the Sussex area.

Brighton and Hove CCGEast Sussex CCG and West Sussex CCG are now live in the Community Directory. This means that deaf patients can now call their GP free of charge in these areas.

For SignLive users logging in through a web browser, the individual surgeries are grouped under each area.

To see the full list of practices available download or login to SignLive and click on the Community Directory.

Organisations – Take the first step to making yourself more accessible by contacting us here.


07 MayClap for Key Workers – Deaf Awareness Week

“We want to say a special thanks to all the deaf key workers & those supporting the deaf community”

This Deaf Awareness Week, the GB Deaf Tennis Team are leading our #ClapforOurKeyWorkers #ClapForOurCarers