Topic outline

  • Deaf Awareness week is to increase public awareness of Deaf issues, people, and culture. The week focuses on promoting the positive aspects of deafness, encouraging social inclusion, and raising awareness of the organizations locally, nationally and globally that support those who are deaf

    We can all help make Capel a Deaf Friendly Space here are some tips for being more Deaf aware: 

    • Face the person while you are speaking, don’t turn away
    • Repeat yourself if necessary
    • Keep your mouth visible
    • Don’t speak too quickly or too slowly
    • Speak one at a time, don’t talk over each other
    • Write it down or draw a picture
    • Reduce background noise or find a quiet environment
    • Use simple gestures to communicate; point or even demonstrate
    • Learn some basic BSL
    • Be patient – if the person doesn’t understand you, don’t give up!

    We celebrate and honour different identities within our communities. At NDC, we recognize that everyone has different experiences and journeys. This is reflected in the data, resources, and work we create and share. Whenever possible, we highlight differences by gender, disability, race, and ethnicity in our data reports and resources. In recognizing these differences, we support all paths towards #DeafSuccess

    Colleagues from across the National Deaf Children's Society, both hearing and deaf, tell us what their deaf awareness tips are when working with deaf colleagues! Want to learn more, watch this video: 

     Head over to their website here for details 

    More information about deaf awareness:

    Enfield work shop: We will be holding a work shop run by our lovely Dog Grooming Student Lily and her equally lovely interpreter Nicky, they will talk to us about Deaf culture, teaching the group some skills to communicate successfully with Deaf people.  Also teaching some basic BSL to the group. Did you notice the capital D - Deaf culture often says to use a capital D in Deaf to promote being proud of being Deaf and their identity. Please join this interactive workshop, helping to make the college a Deaf Friendly space.

     Please email: if you would like to join. 

    Because of May Bank holidays this will take place at Enfield on Monday 15th of May: 9:30 – 11:30 book early – there will be cake!

    Workshops are also going on at Gunnersbury Park - please speak to Sophie Patel to find out more.