Top tips for including your deaf friends or colleagues in conversation

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Guest post from Vicki Kirwin. Development Manager for Audiology and Health at the National Deaf Children’s Society.

This week (19 – 25 May) is Deaf Awareness Week and it provides us with an extra opportunity to highlight the importance of good communication. Scope’s End The Awkward campaign is also a brilliant platform to raise awareness of the issues many disabled people face on a daily basis.

Thousands of deaf teenagers have told the National Deaf Children’s Society that improving their friends’ understanding of deafness and finding ways to communicate is really important to them.

There are 45,000 deaf children and young people in the UK and many go to a mainstream school where very often they are the only deaf person in that school. This means some of their classmates don’t know how to communicate with deaf children. More than three in four teenagers who have not met a deaf…

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