National Deaf Awareness Week

This year’s annual National Deaf Awareness Week runs from 2-8 May. In the UK alone, there are over 10 million people living with some form of hearing loss, whether it is mild or profound.

Deafness and hearing loss can mean different things to different people. People use various words and terms to describe how they view their own deafness or hearing loss. It is important that everyone is mindful of how they communicate with people who live with hearing loss and be aware of the isolation that living with a hearing loss can bring, whether that is a feeling of isolation in a meeting or social event, or longer-lasting isolation within society.

We encourage staff to read these communication tips and deaf awareness tips for video calls and meetings produced by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID).

We have also included a poem for Deaf Awareness Week, which was written by NCL staff member, Jane-Amanda Stephenson-Glynn. Please keep an eye out for further Deaf Awareness information throughout the month of May.