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More Than Half of British Adults Don't Feel Confident Talking To Deaf People, With Deaf Children Left Facing Isolation and Loneliness

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52% of Britons don’t feel confident about communicating with deaf people, according to new figures released for Deaf Awareness Week (5-12 May).

  • One in five has felt nervous when they do.
  • The National Deaf Children’s Society fears that a reluctance to speak to deaf people is contributing to feelings of isolation and loneliness, particularly among the UK’s 50,000 deaf children.
  • Results also reveal a limited understanding of deafness actually is, with more than two-thirds saying they don’t know anyone who is deaf.
  • Case study: Jackson Youngs, 6, went to school for over a year and didn’t even know his classmates’ names. He still often stands alone in the playground.
  • More than half of Britons don’t feel confident when talking to deaf people, new research has revealed.

The figures, released today by the National Deaf Children’s Society, also show that one in five people (20%) have felt nervous when talking to deaf people because they don’t know what to do, while one in ten (10%) have pretended to understand something a deaf person said instead of asking for clarification.

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52% of Britons don’t feel confident about communicating with deaf people, according to new figures released for Deaf Awareness Week (5-12 May). One in five have felt nervous when they do. The National...

 

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