Deaf Awareness Week 2014

Did you know there are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, or one in six of the population?

We do not know exactly how many people use BSL (British Sign Language), but estimates of the number of Deaf signers who use it as their first language range from 30,000 to 70,000. Many hearing people also know some BSL because they might have family members, friends or colleagues who are Deaf, and recent figures from the British Deaf Association suggest that on any day up to 250,000 people use some BSL.

BSL has a historically been misunderstood by hearing people as a collection of ungrammatical gestures. In fact, it is a richly expressive language, with a full grammar (one that is based on space and timing), a creative and adaptable vocabulary and a long cultural and artistic heritage, with complex and original signed stories and poems.

Deaf Awareness Week is a unique campaign in that so many different organisations participate, each able to promote their own work within the broad spectrum of deafness. As the name suggests the main aim of the week is to promote awareness of d/Deafness and issues associated with d/Deafness and hearing loss.

Please look out for our many events during Deaf Awareness Week which runs from 19th - 25th May.

  • Information stall and lip reading game - in the Students' Union 10.00am -2.00pm Monday - Friday. With the Reading University Sign Language Society (day tbc).
  • Sign Song and Taster on Friday - 5.00pm to 6:30pm Thet Wing Board Room (upstairs in The Students' Union) - Run by the Reading University Sign Language Society.
  • 'Deaf' for a night - look out for us in at the Saturday Union (May 24th) we'll have T-shirts, ear plugs, information and be teaching some night out related sign language!

Take a break from exams and come find us during the week!

Happy signing!


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