The top deaf charities in the UK
If you or a family member are struggling with living with hearing loss, there are many charities and organisations that can offer help, support and guidance. Below we have listed the top deaf charities in the UK.
Suffering from any kind of hearing loss can be a worrying time – for you, your family and your friends.
If your hearing has gradually deteriorated over time due to the negligence of a past employer, then you could find yourself suddenly and unexpectedly having to deal with changing your lifestyle to deal with your hearing loss.
We have previously put together a huge guide: Living with hearing loss – to help those who have suffered hearing damage deal with their new challenges, as well as offering advice to friends and family members.
Depending on your situation, you may find that you and your support network may need additional guidance and support – which is where the various deaf charities and organisations can help.
Below we have identified the top deaf charities in the UK, who can offer help, support, advice and guidance to you and your family.
British Deaf Association
What they do: The British Deaf Association is an organisation that pushes for equality for deaf and hearing-impaired people, particularly by pressing for official government status for British Sign Language (BSL). In their own words:
“Achieving legal status means that BSL would be protected and promoted in the same way as Welsh and Gaelic languages. This would mean that service providers would be required to produce information and support where appropriate in BSL, giving equal access to services for sign language users and removing many of the commonplace barriers that they currently face, and which result in widespread discrimination.”
Find out more: https://bda.org.uk/
National Deaf Children’s Society
90% of deaf children are born to parents with little or no experience of living with hearing loss, so the help and support of the NDCS is invaluable to them.
Find out more: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/
What they do: Hearing Link is a UK charity for people with hearing loss, as well as their family and friends. They can help you adjust to the practical and emotional challenges that hearing loss can bring – offering shared experiences, practical support and guidance, so you can reconnect with people and face the future with confidence.
Hearing Link’s work ensures that people living with hearing loss can find information, specialist services, and social contact, in order to live well with hearing loss.
Find out more: https://www.hearinglink.org/
Action on Hearing Loss
They offer support with everything from finding the best hearing aids and rehabilitation services to working on new technology to improve the lives of people with hearing loss.
They also offer help to businesses to make sure they are well-equipped to welcome employees and customers with hearing difficulties.
Find out more: https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/
Royal Association for Deaf People
What they do: The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) provides services to Deaf people in their first language, usually British Sign Language (BSL) and supports mainstream providers to be more accessible to Deaf people.
RAD can provide help and support to deaf people regarding employment, communication services, children and families, social inclusion and much more.
Founded in 1841, the Royal Association for Deaf people is one of the oldest and most established charities for deaf people and has a wealth of experience in their aim to create a better and more inclusive world for deaf people.
Find out more: http://www.royaldeaf.org.uk/
What they do: SignHealth works to improve the health and wellbeing of people who are deaf. They provide many of their services in British Sign Language, work directly with the NHS on deaf health issues and regularly campaign on behalf of deaf people.
SignHealth offers a range of services such as BSL Healthy Minds, therapy for deaf people suffering from depression or anxiety, and DeafHope which helps women and children suffering from domestic violence.
Find out more: https://www.signhealth.org.uk/
British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
What they do: The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) is an organisation that promotes excellence in Deaf Education and is the only Association that represents the interests of teachers of deaf children and young people in the UK.
BATOD runs regular conferences and workshops around the country to help develop the professional expertise of its members and also provide support for people working with deaf children. They promote the education of all deaf children, young people and adults and actively works to promote the status of teachers of the deaf.
Find out more: https://www.batod.org.uk/
Hearing loss compensation claims
If your hearing loss was caused due to the negligence of a third party then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
To find out more about hearing loss claims and whether you might be eligible to make a No Win No Fee compensation claim, read our detailed guide: Hearing loss claims – everything you need to know or fill out our quick claim form and our team of expert solicitors will be in touch: https://cllegal.co.uk/contact-us/