Deaf Awareness Week happens every year in May. It is run by the UK council on Deafness and this year it will run from the 1st to the 7th May.
The theme this year is deaf inclusion. This year’s theme highlights how hearing loss impacts daily life and how others can help support deaf people.
Being deaf brings unique challenges that not everyone will experience.
Why is it important to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week?
- To promote the amazing aspects of deafness, including its rich culture and history.
- To raise awareness of some of the challenges that d/Deaf people may face in the community.
- To ensure everyone in our community feels valued and included.
Here are some tips of how you can become more deaf aware:
For the d/Deaf children that we teach, it is important for them for not only for the people surrounding them to be deaf aware, but also to have d/Deaf role models.
One of those amazing role models in our own community is Massimo. He works at the hearing resource base at Rushy Meadow Primary Academy, supporting d/Deaf children. He has created a YouTube video speaking about the importance of Deaf Awareness and some advice on how to be more deaf aware.