The Deaf Equality and Accessibility Forum was set up in 1999 to support our local deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind community
|The Deaf Equality and Accessibility Forum was set up in 1999 with the aim of supporting our local deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind community. Established, and run, by those who live within that community, we have a firm understanding of the everyday challenges faced.|
We operate with dedicated committee members and trustees. Our membership and reach covers the whole of South Lanarkshire, connecting with South Lanarkshire Deaf Clubs/communities, Local Authorities, national organisations and we work in partnership with Deaf organisations from all over the country.
D.E.A.F. our aim is to empower our community; give them the skills and confidence to function within a wider, hearing led, society. We also aim to raise awareness of BSL and the benefits it provides while being integral to the deaf communities. Those who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind face challenges daily in having their needs met through the same information sources and communication methods as the wider population. Many have enduring issues with access, confidence, education & isolation, leading to difficulty gaining employment, accessing further/higher education and in engaging equally within a culturally “hearing” world. It is the responsibility of our society to adapt to make those changes and so, we hope to be the change we want to see, build on the legacy of our ‘Empowerment’ work to date, tackle the aforementioned issues and work to reduce the impacts for those who live within our community.