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Deaf Awareness Week 2013

Deaf awareness week takes place this week (6th-12th May), where the theme is 'get involved, get aware'.

The UK Council on Deafness have put together some facts to raise awareness:

  • 1 in 6 people in the UK are deaf or hard of hearing
  • More than 45,000 children in the UK are deaf
  • About 2 million people in the UK have hearing aids
  • Nearly 3.7 million people of working age have hearing loss, 135,000 of them are severely or profoundly deaf

Adults and children who are deaf or hard of hearing face communication barriers which can cause:

  • Lack of confidence
  • Exclusion from society
  • Isolation
  • Unemployment
  • Depression.

Breathing Space BSL service

Our British Sign Language webcam service offers online advice, information and support for Deaf people in Scotland. The webcam is open on Thursday and Sunday evenings and can be accessed from the homepage by clicking on ‘BSL service’.