Jenny Marra - Parliamentary Motion on Deaf Awareness Week
5 April 2012
Jenny Marra has tabled the following motion in the Scottish Parliament
That the Parliament notes Deaf Awareness Week, which runs from 7 to 13 May 2012; supports the work carried out by organisations across the country that help people who are deaf or hard of hearing; understands that these organisations aim to create a world where hearing loss does not limit or label people, where children who are deaf are able to achieve their full potential and where people value and look after their hearing; understands that 850,000 people in Scotland are affected by hearing loss and that, and that, for around 6,000 people, British Sign Language (BSL) is their first language; further understands that, by 2031, over 1.2 million people in Scotland could be affected with hearing problems; believes that there are many barriers for deaf and hard of hearing people, including access to public services, progressing in the education system, finding employment and overcoming social exclusion, and commends the efforts of everyone contributing to and coordinating Deaf Awareness Week.
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