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Deaf Awareness Training Course

A real understanding of your deaf colleagues or clients​.

Dea Awareness Course & BSL Taster Session by Deaf Umbrella


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Technical equipment
Deaf culture and community
Interacting with a deaf person
Basic British Sign Language (BSL syntax & grammar)
Gesture & Expression
Communication Support and how to use it. Modifying documents and plain English use

Deaf Awareness Training
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What's Deaf Awareness Training - Facts and aims

Deaf and hard of hearing people often find themselves discriminated against due to a lack of understanding of their needs. 

We hope that we can keep the campaign for Deaf Awareness in the forefront of people’ minds by providing bespoke and specific training packages that are interactive and deal with deaf awareness issues in London and South East area (Kent).

In his modern age, we tweet about deaf issues, publicise events or programs on our Facebook page and provide a behind the scenes look on Instagram.  Do look or follow, maybe like us to gain up to date advice.

We have been providing Deaf Awareness Training for many years and it is universally well received – those attending feel they have gained a real understanding of their deaf colleagues or clients. 

The facts and figures we deliver astound people:

  • 10 million people in the UK with a hearing loss in 2011

  • Estimated 14.5 million people in the UK with a hearing loss by 2031

  • Roughly 1 in 6 of the UK population currently has a form of hearing loss

  • At least 4 million people in the UK would benefit from using hearing aids, but they do not currently use them

  • On average, it takes 10 years for people to address their hearing loss

  • It is hoped that upon completing his/her education, a deaf pupil will leave school with a chronological reading age of 9

There are also many questions asked; people feel free to bring up things within the secure environment of a training room that maybe they would not voice otherwise:

  • Can you drive if you are deaf?

  • How do deaf people dance?

  • If you are reading, do you sign in your head? 

  • Why do deaf people sometimes struggle with written English, it is the same language isn’t it?

The last question is one that many hearing people struggle with – they find it difficult to understand why so many deaf people struggle with the written word.  It is really quite simple – English is a phonetic language; our children usually learn to read using phonics as a guide.  If you have no access to sound, how do you grasp this concept? 

There have been many articles written over the years (and we ourselves have publicised this on our Blog before) that scientists believe your brain is wired differently if you are born deaf or lose your hearing in early infancy before language is developed (pre-lingually deaf).

Deaf Awareness Training supports equality and has a profound and positive impact on everyone in the community and reduces unintentional discrimination.

We hope that we can be of service to you within your training days or staff development. 

Deaf Awareness Training by Deaf umbrella reviews

“Probably one of the best training courses I’ve ever had and Abi is fantastic at her job! Very eye opening. Very educational and very, very helpful!.”