AS Deaf Awareness Week takes place this week, Shirley Lions are inviting people to understand the LOOK AT ME campaign.
With nine million deaf or hard of hearing people in the UK, various organisations are hoping to improve understanding of deafness by highlighting the methods of communication used by the deaf, deafened, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people such as sign language and lip reading.
Shirley Lions are kicking off the week with special badges to help the hearing impaired to be understood.
Lion Gillian Conlon, Shirley Lions community services chairman said: “Our badge I SEE WHAT YOU’RE SAYING indicates that the hearing impaired individual uses lip reading as their main means of understanding what is being said, a skill all deaf people have in varying degrees.
“We also have a DEAF AWARE CARD which can be used to advise people that they have difficulty hearing and how the hearing person can communicate with them more effectively.”
Both badge and card are available free of charge from Shirley Lions by phoning 0845 833 9547. For more information on Shirley Lions Club visit www.shirleylions.co.uk.