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Hackney London Borough Council (Hackney Learning Trust)

Deaf awareness ambassadors: paving the way for inclusion

Keywords: Deaf and hearing learners, Disability, Enabling careers advisers

Region: London region


The aim of the project was to pilot specific support to integrate deaf and hearing learners on existing community learning provision, to challenge stereotypes, promote awareness and develop understanding and appreciation of the experience of deaf learners.


The project trained ten deaf awareness ambassadors to engage with and support hearing impaired, deaf with speech and profoundly deaf learners to access mainstream adult community learning classes in Hackney. The project supported the ambassadors to train and progress in British Sign Language (BSL), eight achieving BSL level one qualifications. In addition a BSL club was be established to enable ambassadors to gain more practice.

Collaboratively, tutors, ambassadors and learners developed strategies to enable joint learning. The project supported training providers who deliver creative provision (ie sewing, cookery and pottery) to prepare and adapt their course delivery to include deaf learners and ambassadors in the classroom.

A video documenting the journey of those involved was made from February 2015 and will benefit other adult training providers, organisations and community groups they work with.  The film may also be used to engage deaf and hard of hearing learners.


Project team

Main contact: Dawna Lee: