Deaf Awareness Week is an annual event primarily owned and promoted by the UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) to provide charities and interested organisations under the umbrella of UKCoD to join forces to raise awareness and challenges of Deafness and hearing loss faced by 1 in 6 people in the UK.

Link to the UK Council on Deafness

Have a look at the The UK Council on Deafness blog which will be updated with daily stories from their partners supporting the campaign. https://www.deafcouncil.org.uk/category/deaf-awareness-week/

This year the theme is about ‘Coming Through it Together’ and throughout the week there will be an online campaign to encourage the celebration of Deafness, raise awareness of best practice and to use the week for demonstrating change and positivity. The aim is to:

  • Continue to raise awareness
  • Improve access to education, health, social care and employment
  • Ensure people have the accessible information they need
  • Advocate and inform Government and the public at large about Deafness and hearing loss
  • Provide Secretariat support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness; · raise awareness about the importance of embracing and recognising language and culture, preventing hearing loss
  • Improve the quality of services for people who are Deaf or have a hearing loss
  • Continue to raise the profile and importance of equality, accessibility and recognition through our supporting sub-groups in Deaf Access in Communications (DAC), Employment (including Access to Work), British Sign Language Act Group(BSLA ).

This year it is important that as changes are introduced as a result of the pandemic in so many areas, particularly with the emphasis on remote working, the needs of people who are deaf or have any level of hearing loss are understood and necessary adjustments made to services.