"Positive deaf awareness meeting"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(as a volunteer/advocate),

The involvement centre at duncan McMillan house held an open meeting about deaf awarness. It is of course deaf awareness week. We herd several story's of how hard it is to grow and function within a socity that is very audio. Mobile phones are not much use to deaf people of course but text messaging is assesable in most cases.

It made me aware just how much we take for granted what we can hear.

The message for this years awareness week is simple look at the person that you are talking to (I think that's a good idea even if both people can hear)

Speak clearly without shouting.

There were lots of good things that came out of a very posative meeting.

Do you have a similar story to tell? Tell your story & make a difference ››


Response from Emmanuel Chan, Specialist Lead, , Deaf Services, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for the positive feedback. It is great that the meeting on 8/5/2012 has made a difference. You are absolutely right about the importance of eye contacts and speaking clearly as they are two of the five golden rules in the communication with deaf people.

You can find out more about deaf issues when you attend a deaf awareness training.

Deaf awareness week is an annual national event. Communities of Interest Deaf wellbeing project is working with the Involvement Centre at Duncan MacMillan House to deliver two deaf awareness workshops and a social early evening event during the week. Deaf wellbeing project aims to promote a deaf friendly environment within the Trust and requires support from both deaf and hearing people. Please contact us for further information if you want to get involved.

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