How to improve your deaf awareness without being boring!

May 15, 2017

Deafness is the third most common disability in the world! 1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by hearing loss (about 10 million people) and around 100,000 people use sign language as their first language. 

9 in every ten deaf children are born to hearing parents, but only 1 in 10 of those parents will learn sign language to be able to communicate fully with their son or daughter.


For deaf people with limited hearing or lip-reading skills, speaking clearly will help them.


As Deaf Awareness Week starts May 15th we want to promote our work with deaf people and share some tips to help you to communicate with a deaf person effectively.


You may think that most of these things are obvious, but in conversation we do it all the time!! Be prepared to laugh… :D







UK Council on Deafness offers a calendar of Events for Deaf Awareness Week 2017. Click on the picture to see all the information.  






Download our FREE Deaf Awareness Booklet. Improve the communication skills within your workplace to ensure you meet the needs of people with hearing loss. 

Get it now here:



Deaf Awareness Training


Deaf Umbrella puts together bespoke & specific training packages for each recipient.  Each training session is very interactive, ensuring that at the end of the training session course delegates will be confident and professional in their future interaction with Deaf people and have an understanding of:


  • The physical environment

  • Technical equipment

  • Deaf culture and community

  • Interacting with a deaf person

  • Basic British Sign Language (BSL syntax & grammar)

  • Gesture & Expression


More information about shorter options, taster sessions and rates HERE:


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