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Deaf awareness training

Photo: Our deaf awareness workshop will help you understand what it takes to communicate with deaf people

Do you work with deaf children, young people or adults? Are you anxious about communicating with them, including them, or offending them? Do you want to find out more about how to communicate with them and make sure they feel included?

Being inclusive isn't as hard as you might think. Our deaf awareness online workshop will help you understand the simple steps it takes to communicate and include deaf people in activities and everyday situations.

What we do

Our 'Signature' nominated tutor delivers first-class deaf awareness training. Through practical exercises and group work, this online workshop will empower you to communicate with deaf people more effectively and make it easier for you to build a rapport. You'll take away simple tips that can be instantly used in your workplace.

Topics covered:

  • Language preferences - how should I be communicating?
  • Basic etiquette - tips to help you include a deaf person in communications and everyday situations
  • Basic fingerspelling
  • Different groups and needs - is communication support needed, can we adapt our environment?
  • Lip reading - how important is it to deaf people? Find out how it works and how effective it is
  • Useful resources to aid communication

Who is the training for?

This training is for all professionals that work with deaf children and young people.

Meet the trainer

Nathalie Koenig

Nathalie has worked at the National Deaf Children's Society since 2016 as a Training Officer. She leads on the development and delivery of Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language Level (BSL) 1 and 2.

Nathalie is profoundly deaf and uses British Sign Language to communicate. She has 25 years’ experience of teaching BSL in various places such as Gloscat college Gloucestershire, Banbury college Oxfordshire, Remark! and City Lit as well as several different London boroughs.

Since 2016, Nathalie has overhauled the approach to Deaf Awareness and staff are now more confident in using a wide range of communication techniques which has created a more deaf-friendly work force. She has also developed and delivered a new ‘Work Related’ course, which has been extremely successful for people to learn specific, work-related vocabulary. 

What do delegates say?

"Very well delivered session, interactive and clear." 

"Session was very informative and was a fantastic general overview of everything. Lots of meaningful interactions." 

" . . . I now feel more confident interacting with a deaf person, thank you." 

Enquire and book

We deliver this Deaf awareness training a bespoke package, tailored to your organisation's needs and delivered at a time that suits you. 

We are currently delivering all of our training opportunities online, however we will offer our face to face training when possible.

To find out more about and how we can work with you to support deaf people, build professional development and embrace diversity or to book your bespoke training package, please enquire below or contact us at [email protected].

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