How Brent Council is supporting Deaf residents through COVID-19
6 May 2020
This week is Deaf Awareness Week and Brent Council is using this opportunity to remind residents what support is available to them if they’re Deaf or hard of hearing, especially in the current COVID-19 crisis when receiving accessible information is more important than ever.
What support Brent Council offers
- Brent Deaf and Hearing Impaired Service supports children and young people (from the age of 0 to 25) who have a hearing impairment and they are offering British Sign Language (BSL) classes for parents and carers every Tuesday from 10-11am – email Manjula.Shah@brent.gov.uk for more information
- Sign Video is available to residents who need to contact the council using a BSL interpreter
- Our dedicated COVID-19 web page includes information in a range of accessible formats, including BSL clips
- Brent Start are offering Level 1 and 2 BSL courses from September 2020 daytime, evening and weekend for anyone who wants to learn BSL
Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, says:
“I’m very proud of the work we’ve done as a council and continue to do, to ensure the local Deaf community are not left behind. We provide training for staff, offer BSL courses and make sure that consultation and other information materials are accessible so that no one is excluded.”
The council has also taken steps to ensure the exciting and ambitious Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture programme is accessible for all.
Asif Iqbal, President of the Harrow & Brent United Deaf Club, and Community Adviser for the Brent 2020 programme, says:
“The Brent 2020 programme is committed to celebrating Deafness and ensuring that the programme is fully accessible, with BSL interpreters, subtitles and T loop systems that are available for hearing aid users.”
We know this is a really difficult time, so if you need to speak to us about anything coronavirus-related, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about Deaf Awareness Week by visiting the UK Council on Deafness website.
Sign Health are also sharing daily BSL videos on their YouTube channel with the latest coronavirus information.