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Deaf Awareness Week 2017 - free taster sessions

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Deaf Awareness Week, 15-21 May 2017

Deaf Awareness Week celebrates collaborative work that has made a difference for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

Promoted by the UK Council on Deafness, Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness that 1 in 6 people in the UK are deaf or have a hearing loss. Members of the UK Council on Deafness and others have united behind a common purpose and work is ongoing to:

· raise awareness;
· improve access to education and employment;
· make sure people have the information they need;
· inform government and the public about deafness and hearing loss;
· support the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness;
· educate people about the importance of preventing hearing loss; and
· improve the quality of services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

Craig Crowley, Chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said: “This year’s Deaf Awareness Week is ‘A Celebration’ of collaboration and working together on a joint campaign for the benefit of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss”.

City Lit will be running a number of free events on Thursday 18th May 2017 to mark Deaf Awareness Week:

11am to 4pm - A stall will be open on the ground floor with more information on the BSL and lipreading work carried out by City Lit.

2pm to 3pm  - Deaf awareness session with Lorraine Braggins (room 106)

Find out about the different ways to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people

3pm to 4pm - British Sign Language session with Geraldine Davison-Gray (room 106)

Learn the basics including how to fingerspell your name

You can also visit the Deaf Awareness Week website for full details on events happening across the week.

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