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Supporting accessibility for deaf people in the workplace

Event Information:

Type: Information and Policy

Venue: East Midlands Chamber, Millennium Way, Chesterfield. S41 8ND, Derbyshire

Date: Thursday, 29 September 2022

Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

***Please note this date has been rescheduled from 3 May***

This event is held in partnership with the National Deaf Children's Society (NCDS) to support their campaign to get deaf young people into work – and into jobs that inspire them.

This event is a training session designed for employers and aims to deliver on the following learning objectives:

  • Identify obligations to deaf people as an employer
  • Name the support available to deaf people in employment
  • Describe what cost effective reasonable adjustments can be made
  • Name practical steps employers can take to support deaf people in their employment setting
  • Use a range of tactics for communicating with deaf people
  • Demonstrate some basic work place signs
  • Describe basic deaf culture, including etiquette and greetings
  • Explain what you can do if communication breaks down



8.00am - Registration, drinks and pastries

8.30am - Welcome from the Lucy Robinson, Director of Resources, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) 

8.45am - Session starts:

Topic 1 - Everyone is Different (and introduction)

  • What is the training programme?
  • What is deafness?
  • Introduce case studies
  • Barriers for deaf people and employers

Topic 2 - Deaf Awareness

  • Different ways to communicate
  • How to overcome communication barriers
  • Language/ Creating inclusive environments

Topic 3 - Pre-work preparation (and recruitment)

  • Pre-interview & Interview
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Health and Safety & Risk Assessment

Refreshment break

Topic 4 - Workplace

  • Positive approach and inclusive environment
  • Tips and practical steps (Inductions/ 121s/ training)
  • Cost effective reasonable adjustments

Topic 5 - Technology and support

  • Case studies
  • Obligations (Equality Act)
  • Different equipment to support DP
  • Funding (Access to Work)
  • Responsibilities and cost to organisation
  • Different types of communication support (expectations)

Topic 6 - The Way Forward

  • Case studies: positive comments
  • BSL videos
  • Signpost to resources

Close - we aim to close the agenda for 11.30am, there will be 30 minutes for questions


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Please note: As places are limited on this event we will only accept one representative per organisation, additional bookings will be respectfully declined.

Once booked please add the date and time in your diary, joining instructions will be sent out to delegates at least one week prior to the event.

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