The 2-8 May is Deaf Awareness Week. Promoted by the UK Council on Deafness, Deaf Awareness Week raises awareness that 1 in 6 people in the UK are deaf or have a hearing loss.
The theme this year is ‘Common Purpose’. All the members of the UK Council on Deafness, including SignHealth, are united in aiming to make a world where deaf people can fulfil their potential.
Part of the ‘common purpose’ is to make sure deaf people have the information they need. That’s why during Deaf Awareness Week, SignHealth will be sharing information on the Accessible Information Standard. The Standard is a set of rules, published by the NHS, which will make access to health care and information as easy for deaf people as it is for hearing people.
Over the week, we will be releasing a series of videos on our Facebook page in which deaf people and health professionals explain how the Accessible Information Standard will improve access to health care. We will also be sharing information on how the deaf community can ensure that health providers comply with the Standard, which becomes law on 31st July.
In addition, we will also be featured on the NHS Employers website, explaining how the Standard will empower deaf people to take control of their health and wellbeing.
For more information on the Accessible information Standard, visit our Healthier Together page.