The Manx Deaf Society | Deaf Awareness Week 2022 | April 2022

Deaf Awareness Week 2022 runs from Monday 2nd May to Sunday 8th May. This year the theme is Inclusion.

Date: Friday 29 April 2022

Lucy Buxton, CEO of The Manx Deaf Society said “Hearing loss can leave a person feeling unsupported, unwanted, invisible and excluded. The effects of social
isolation can cause poor mental health and depression. Deafness very often goes hand in hand with other invisible challenges many of which can be too vague to be noticed. During Deaf Awareness Week we want to shine a light on the work of TheManx Deaf Society. As well as providing lipreading and British Sign Language (BSL) classes we have an Equipment Library which people can borrow items from to see for themselves how, for example, a different telephone or alarm clock or a
personal listener can be of benefit. We would also like to encourage businesses and organisations to become more Deaf Aware. Approximately 1 in 6 people has
some degree of hearing loss and by not thinking about how a services can be adapted for deaf people businesses can be losing out on lots of custom.”

To celebrate Deaf Awareness Week, The Manx Deaf Society are running a series of events and activities for people to take part in.

Attend a lipreading class:


Tuesday 3rd May 1:30-3:30pm at St Paul’s Church Hall, Market Place, Ramsey.
Wednesday 4th May 1:30-3:30pm at The Guild Room, Peel Methodist Church, Athol Street Peel.
Thursday 5th May 6-8pm at The Manx Deaf Society, 3 Somerset Road, Douglas.

On Saturday 7th May there is a series of events taking place at The Manx Deaf Society, 3 Somerset Road, Douglas.

10am – 12pm - Craft Material Sale and Coffee Morning – Admission is free, donations towards costs of refreshments are gratefully appreciated.

1:30-2:30pm – Lipreading for absolute beginners. If you’ve ever wondered whether you would benefit from a lipreading class or are interested to know what happens in one, this is the session for you!

3-4pm – Introduction to BSL. In this session you’ll learn the manual (fingerspelling) alphabet and simple greetings.

4:30-5:30pm Deaf Awareness – Find out how to communicate more effectively and explore some of the items from our Equipment Library.

To reserve your place at any session or for more information, please call/text 202875 or email contact@manxdeafsociety.org.im