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03 MayRNID supporting Deaf Awareness Week

Facebook Live on Tuesday

Here at RNID, we are busy behind the scenes getting ready for Deaf Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 3 May to Sunday 9 May.

Keep an eye out for people sharing their experiences of being deaf or having hearing loss, along with practical tips on our social media platforms. We also have events such as our Facebook Live on Tuesday 4 May.

Together, let’s make life more inclusive for deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus.

02 MayGet ready for Deaf Awareness Week!

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Deaf Awareness Week is almost here!

There are many organisations raising awareness and sharing experiences and information.

Keep an eye out on our Deaf Awareness Week blog for daily stories and links from all those supporting the campaign.

#DeafAwarenessWeek2021

12 AprUKCoD/DAC Relay UK Survey

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 Relay UK survey.  The initial results were surprising.  We will now review the information provided by you before we can issue key findings.   During this process we will be approaching some participants who provided contact details to enable to obtain views on possible solutions to the issues identified.  If any participants would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you.  In the first instance please contact Clare Long at c.long@deafcouncil.org.uk.  We will then be discussing the resulting wish list to improve the communication relay services with BT, Ofcom and others.

18 MarLaw change opens doors for deaf jurors in England and Wales

Deaf people who require the use of a sign language interpreter will be allowed to take part in jury service for the first time, it has been announced.

Before this announcement, laws strictly prohibited anyone beyond the 12 sworn jurors from entering jury deliberation rooms. This is to safeguard against outside influence. It meant that an interpreter would be deemed an unlawful “13th person”, thus preventing those who require their assistance from participating in this important civic duty.

The new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 announced last week (March 9th) means over 80,000 deaf people across England and Wales can now participate in jury service. It forms part of wider reforms announced that seek to build a fairer justice system.

Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, said: “Disability should not be a barrier to people carrying out this most important civic duty. I am delighted we can open up jury service to many thousands more people and ensure our justice system becomes as accessible and inclusive as possible.”

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