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  • Writer's pictureKelly Knopp

Deaf Awareness Week 6 - 12 May 2024

As someone whose Mum is hearing impaired, Deaf Awareness Week in the UK holds a deeply personal significance. It's a time when we can shed light on the daily challenges and frustrations that she, and many others like her, face due to misconceptions and misunderstandings about deafness.

My Mum often encounters situations where people assume she's being rude or simply not paying attention because she doesn't respond to verbal cues or misses parts of conversations. It's incredibly frustrating for her to navigate these misunderstandings, especially when all she wants is to engage fully in social interactions like anyone else.

Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about these challenges and educate others about the realities of living with hearing impairment. It's a chance to remind people that deafness is not a lack of intelligence or interest—it's simply a difference in communication style that deserves understanding and accommodation.

By sharing our experiences and advocating for greater inclusivity and accessibility, we can help break down these barriers and ensure that individuals like my Mum can fully participate in all aspects of life without facing unnecessary obstacles or judgments. Let's use this week to amplify the voices of the deaf community and work towards a more compassionate and inclusive society. #DeafAwarenessWeek #Inclusion #Accessibility #Understanding

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