Deaf Awareness Week

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03 / 5 / 2016 8am

This year, Deaf Awareness Week is running from 2-8 May 2016. During the week, organisations come together to raise awareness and promote social inclusion, 

Key facts and figures

  • There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss. By 2035, it is estimated that this figure will rise to 15.6 million - equating to one in five of the UK population.
  • Around 6.7 million people could benefit from wearing a hearing aid and one in every ten UK adults has tinnitus. 
  • There are approximately 250,000 people in the UK with both hearing loss and sight loss.
  • In the UK, around 24,000 people use British sign language (BSL) as their main language. 


Read Deaf people in employment, the blog that Julie Ryder wrote to highlight Deaf Awareness Week. Julie, who lost her hearing in her 20s, runs an organisation that delivers diversity and equality training packages and employs members of staff with disabilities.

Further information

The UK Council on Deafness has produced useful Deaf Awareness Week resources to help organisations promote deaf awareness.

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