Deaf Awareness Week is an annual event that will next take place on the 4th-9th May 2022.
Each year, the event focuses on a theme. In 2020, the event aimed to raise awareness of 'acquired deafness', which refers to people who lose their hearing during their life, rather than being born with hearing loss or deafness.
Deafness and hearing loss can mean different things to different people. People use various words and terms to describe how they view their own deafness or hearing loss.
In the UK alone, there are over 10 million people living with some form of hearing loss, whether it is mild or profound.
Deaf Awareness Week is all about promoting the positive aspects of living with deafness. This event aims to raise awareness of the isolation that deaf people can occasionally experience, and promote the importance of social inclusion around the deaf community.
The event also raises awareness of BSL (British Sign Language), which is a language used by many people in the UK who are born deaf.
The UK Council on Deafness wants to celebrate all of the amazing local organisations around the UK that support deaf people and their families and friends during Deaf Awareness Week.