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Resources: Deafness and Hearing Loss

There are 11 million people in the UK with hearing loss, and at least 24,000 people who use British Sign Language (BSL) as their main language. Below is a collection of resources for if you are Deaf or have hearing loss, or if you would like to support people with deafness or hearing loss.

Support for people who are Deaf or have hearing loss

The organisations below can support you if you are Deaf or have hearing loss, or if you are supporting a family member (e.g. a child) who is Deaf or has hearing loss.

How to support:

You can complete our 20 minute video training 'Supporting D/deaf or hearing impaired students' by 

Mairead Watson, Disability Advisor in Student Services. Access the training here.

One of the key things you can do to be supportive is taking steps to make communication easier. Top tips for communicating:
  • Face the person while you are speaking, don’t turn away
  • Repeat yourself if necessary
  • Never say ‘It doesn’t matter’
  • If the person doesn’t understand you, don’t give up!
  • Write it down or draw a picture
  • Speak one at a time, don’t talk over each other
  • Keep your mouth visible
  • Smile and relax
  • Don’t speak too quickly or too slowly

Source: UK Council on Deafness

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