Deaf Awareness Week 2015

Are you Deaf Aware?

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.

Be part of RUSU’s Deaf Awareness Week 2015 by supporting the events below:




7th May 2015

Deaf Aware Quiz and Karaoke

Sign along to your favourite songs and put your knowledge to the test at our quickfire quiz about Deaf Culture

Mojo’s Bar 7.30pm - late

8th May 2015

Free Sign Language Workshop

Learn sign language with our free sign language workshop

Thet Win Aung 12pm – 1pm

8th May 2015

Experience what it's like to be 'Deaf for a day'

Grab your free earplugs from our Deaf Awareness Stall

Outside RUSU 11am – 4pm


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