It’s Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) 3 to 9 May. It’s organised by the UK Council on Deafness.
The week aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness and promote social inclusion. It also aims to raise awareness of the huge range of local organisations that support deaf people and their family and friends.
DAW 2021 is focusing on ‘coming through it together’, raising awareness of the needs of the 1 in 6 deaf or hard of hearing people in the UK, and sharing best practice.
Here are some deaf awareness tips from the UK Council on Deafness
- Face the person while you are speaking, don’t turn away
- Repeat yourself if necessary
- Never say ‘It doesn’t matter’
- If the person doesn’t understand you, don’t give up!
- Write it down or draw a picture
- Speak one at a time, don’t talk over each other
- Keep your mouth visible
- Smile and relax
- Don’t speak too quickly or too slowly
However, everyone is different! So don’t be afraid to ask the person you’re speaking to, to find out what might help.
There are also lots of great resources on the National Deaf Children’s Society website.
Nottingham College also has a specialist Deaf Access team, who support students and promote deaf awareness across the College.
If you’re thinking of applying to study at Nottingham College, we’re here to help and support you too! Find out more about additional learning support at Nottingham College.