This week, from 2nd to the 8th May was Deaf Awareness Week 2016. It’s been fantastic to get involved in this week. I thought I would share with you all the exciting things that went on.
Coronation Street and Emmerdale were deaf aware!
If you watched the latest Corrie and Emmerdale episodes this week, you would’ve seen some British Sign Language featured in the storyline! I’m not a soap fan myself but it was great to see ITV getting on board with Deaf Awareness.
Phonak’s Deaf Awareness Blog
I was so pleased to write the ‘Hearing Like Me’ Deaf Awareness Week blog! It’s all about inclusion tips for deaf people! You can read it here.
It was #HearingLossHour once again on Twitter – the first Wednesday of each month from 1-2pm. I got involved this month and it was brilliant. We discussed our travel experiences with a hearing loss! Join us for next month’s #HearingLossHour on Twitter!
Deaf Unity’s Top 10 Apps Blog
I was also asked to write a blog about the ‘Top 10 apps for deaf people’ for this week in particular. It was interesting to think about which ones I would like to share to other deaf people!
Action On Hearing Loss – ‘I definitely can’ campaign
I’ve seen Action on Hearing Loss sharing these fantastic life stories of iconic deaf people who are proving that they ‘definitely can’ achieve anything. My personal favourite was Shane Prendergast’s quote! They are also asking for other deaf people to share their stories, why not share yours?
‘Accessible Marketing for deaf people’ – Flying Saucer Creative
A friend of mine is a blogger and she asked for my input into her brilliant article about ‘Accessible Marketing for deaf people’. I was surprised that she even thought about doing one but I really do appreciate it when other people get involved in Deaf Awareness Week! Please share to any organisations who you think might benefit from these tips!
UK Council on Deafness – ‘Common purpose’
‘Common Purpose’ was the UK Council on Deafness‘ theme for this year’s Deaf Awareness Week. Here’s a poster they’ve been sharing on social media.
I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I started this blog! I was reading back through my old posts and thought I’d share last year’s ‘Deaf Awareness Blog’ with you.
I’d like to say thank you to everyone who took part this week, it really makes a huge difference when someone becomes deaf aware.
I’d like to finish off with my Top 3 Deaf Awareness Tips and I hope you will continue to share them!
- Speak slowly and clearly and make sure you are facing the deaf person
- Don’t give up! We may keep asking to repeat yourself, so please do! If this doesn’t work, try rephrasing or writing it down!
- Never say ‘I’ll tell you later’ or ‘It doesn’t matter’ – it’s our pet hate!
P.S. Thank you so much to my followers on Twitter – I’ve now reached the 1000 milestone! I never dreamt this day would come!
P.P.S Only 2 days until Switzerland and my visit to Phonak HQ! I can’t wait!
Hope everyone’s enjoying the sunshine!
Love E x