Accessible Information Standard
From 31st July 2016, all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must have fully implemented and conform to the Accessible information Standard.
Full information about the Accessible Information Standard can be found on the NHS Website - Click here to find out more.
Part of the specification is to support people’s communication needs, offering support from a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, deafblind manual interpreter or an advocate.
Below are 2 articles that show the importance of ensuring accessibility of health care services to those with hearing loss
Access to primary care affects the health of Deaf people - Emond, A., Ridd, M., & Sutherland, H. 2015.
"How can I help you hear?" The transforming power of six little words - Chapman, S. 2015.
How can Action for Deafness help you with meeting these standards?
Deaf Awareness Training
Action for Deafness offer Deaf Awareness Training which can be beneficial for all employees to have a knowledge of how it is best to work with those who have a hearing loss. Find out more about our Deaf Awareness Training here.
Using a BSL Interpreter
InterpreterNow provide instant, online interpreting between British Sign Language (BSL) users and English speakers.
Hearing Loop Systems
Let's Loop the UK is a campaign run by Hearing Link to encourage installation, usage and quality of Hearing Loop Systems. Find out more information here.
If you are local to Sussex area, Action for Deafness will be able to test your hearing loop system for you. Contact us here