Deaf Awareness Week 2021

Monday 3 May 2021 will mark the start of Deaf Awareness Week. This year's theme is ‘Coming Through it Together'.

12 million people in the UK are living with some form of hearing loss. That’s 1 in 5 of the UK population. Deaf Awareness Week aims to promote the positive aspects of living with deafness.

What it's all about

The definition of deafness covers deaf, deafblind, deafened and hard of hearing, including those with hearing loss.

The UK Council on Deafness is using #DAW2021 as a chance to celebrate all of the amazing deaf organisations and communities across the UK. They have all continued to raise awareness of deafness and hearing loss, focusing on the positives.

People who are deaf or have a hearing loss can occasionally experience feelings of loneliness or isolation, through communication and language barriers, which is why we want to emphasise the importance of social inclusion within the deaf community.

It also helps to raise awareness of BSL (British Sign Language), which is a form of sign language used by many people in the UK.

Resources for BSL users

You can find BSL videos, like the one below, covering various health topics on the NHS inform YouTube channel and at www.nhsinform.scot/bsl.

You can use contactSCOTLAND-BSL - an online BSL interpreting video relay service interpretation service - to contact NHS 24 phone services (including 111 and the NHS inform helpline) day or night.

Further information about the campaign

Visit the UK Council of Deafness Website to:

  • download and use various publicity materials
  • get useful Deaf Awareness tips
  • find out how you can get involved in Deaf Awareness Week

If you're a parent or teacher, there are various DAW 2021 resources on Twinkl to educate and support children.

Useful websites

For information, advice and support in Scotland visit: