The National Deaf Children’s Society has been campaigning for British Sign Language (BSL) to be added to the national curriculum in the UK. Thanks to their effort, a BSL GCSE curriculum is in development and should be available soon – watch this space!
The theme for this year is ‘Building Inclusive Communities for All’. Inclusivity means that we think about making these as easy to use as possible for as many people as we can.
One of the things that can cause challenges in our everyday lives is having hearing loss. Hearing loss can range from very mild changes in the way we hear to profound deafness. It can also include conditions like tinnitus which affect our hearing. According to the World Health Organization, more than 5% of the world’s population has a 'disabling' level of hearing loss.
On International Week of Deaf People 2022, we want to think about how to build accessibility into everything we do. We aim to create an even playing field for everybody, whatever our individual abilities, challenges, and needs. Here at Healthwatch Newcastle we want to improve health and social care services for everyone. We welcome feedback on how services - our own included - can be made more accessible.