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Deaf Awareness Training

There are approximately 8.7 million people in the UK with a hearing loss, which is approximately 1 in 7 people, so the likelihood of you meeting a deaf or hard of hearing person in your workplace or local community is high.

The John Denmark Unit (JDU) in Prestwich is an inpatient unit for Deaf people - one of only three such units in the country. The Trust’s JDU is proud to deliver Deaf Awareness Training and aims to provide a more detailed understanding of deafness; deaf people, their culture, community, and language.

The course includes some fun games where you get to experience first-hand the types of communication barriers deaf people experience every day. You will have fun as you learn!

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand and demonstrate how you can engage and communicate with people who have a hearing loss
  • Gain some understanding of deaf culture and community
  • Be more aware of the importance of body language, facial expression and non-verbal communication
  • Experience some difficulties in communicating from a deaf perspective and be able to assist in improving communication
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude with deaf and hard of hearing people.

Lead tutors: Katie Mowat

“Having a tutor who was deaf gave the best learning environment as we could experience the reality of how deaf people communicate and gain a better knowledge of their personal experiences.”

Dates, Times and Venues

25 November 2019 – 9.30am to1.30pm
Room 3, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL


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