Deaf Awareness Week 2021

Deaf Awareness Week 2020 | UK Council on Deafness


Deaf Awareness Week aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion and raise awareness of the huge range of local organisations that support deaf people and their family and friends.

The focus is on ‘coming through it together’, working with our members to continue to raise awareness more so now than ever and to ensure that we continue to campaign together whilst focusing on positivity going forward.  

Home - Royal Association for Deaf people

Many think that sign language is a universal language used by all Deaf people worldwide but it’s not. Sign language evolves wherever there are Deaf people. Not only are there international variations but there are regional variations too, much like the regional accents and colloquialisms found in spoken languages.

British Sign Language (BSL) is the signed language of the Deaf community in the UK. A rich and complex visual spatial language, it involves a combination of hand shapes, facial expressions, lip patterns and body language.

They offer various support services:

  • Advocacy
  • Community Engagement
  • Deaf Aware Quality marks
    Independent Living
  • Young People
  • Children and Families
  • Communication Services
  • Deaf Awareness Training
  • Employment
  • Information, Advice and Guidance

RNID - National hearing loss charity

They also offer support for people with hearing loss.

See video below on tips for communication with hearing loss.

Local Support:

Due to COVID 19 this may be offered in a different way.

Contact Us:

0121 553 0201 (Mon – Fri day time)
07885 913 225‬ (7 days 24 hours for all services)

Book an interpreter:

To book a BSL Interpreter please send an email to or call and speak to us on the number above.

BSL Courses:

Are you interested in learning British Sign Language (BSL)? If you are SDCA hold BSL level 1, 2 & 3 courses throughout the week. If you are please send us an email to or alternatively call us on the number above

Sandwell Deaf Community Association
New Deaf Centre
Summer Street
West Bromwich
B71 4JA