My name is Sian and I worked on the Deaf Awareness Project with Kylie. We are from Queen Alexandra College. We are both members of the Young Disabled Champions group which is part of Voice is Power Birmingham Children and Young People’s Parliament.
For many months, we have been working with staff from the Children’s Rights and Participation Team and Queen Alexandra College to create Deaf Awareness Guidelines for the City of Birmingham. The guidelines show people how to communicate with the deaf and partially deaf community.
We arranged a workshop which was attended by Hearing Impaired young people from many schools. The Deputy Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayors’ also attended the workshop.
During the workshop the young people had the opportunity to say what they thought of the draft deaf awareness guidelines. The young people designed images for the deaf awareness guidelines.
We really hope the deaf awareness guidelines are used in the city. We presented the deaf awareness guidelines at the Executive Management Team meeting with Len Gregory the Deputy Lord Mayor. All the professionals including Mike Whitby the Leader of Birmingham City Council thought the guidelines were fantastic.
The Deaf Awareness Guidelines are part of the Deaf Awareness Scheme which recently won a Chamberlain Award for Equalities and Communications.