Char­ity urges Oban res­i­dents to make small changes for big deaf aware­ness im­pact

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

Ac­tion on Hear­ing Loss Scot­land is urg­ing Oban res­i­dents to make small changes to meet the com­mu­ni­ca­tion needs of peo­ple who are deaf or have hear­ing loss which can have a big im­pact on their ev­ery­day lives.

Dur­ing Deaf Aware­ness Week (May 15-21), the char­ity is high­light­ing the im­por­tance of good com­mu­ni­ca­tion to en­sure peo­ple who are deaf or have hear­ing loss don’t ex­pe­ri­ence ex­clu­sion in the work­place, when ac­cess­ing ser­vices, so­cial­is­ing or chat­ting with fam­ily and friends.

Delia Henry, di­rec­tor of Ac­tion on Hear­ing Loss Scot­land, said: ‘Deaf Aware­ness Week is the ideal time to cel­e­brate the valu­able con­tri­bu­tions which deaf peo­ple and Bri­tish Sign Lan­guage users make to so­ci­ety. And it gives us the op­por­tu­nity to con­sider how ev­ery­one can take small steps to im­prove their com­mu­ni­ca­tion with peo­ple who are deaf or hard of hear­ing.

‘Each per­son may have their own pre­ferred method of com­mu­ni­cat­ing so, by sim­ply ask­ing what the best way is, and fol­low­ing our deaf aware­ness tips, you can make a huge im­pact on en­sur­ing deaf fam­ily, friends or col­leagues can fol­low and con­trib­ute to ev­ery­day con­ver­sa­tions.’

Malaika Rose, Ste­wart Campbell and Sal­lie To­maszewski.

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