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JCI Southampton #BeBetter #5: Deaf awareness within the workplace and Hearing Dogs

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Event Type: Training
Venue: TBC
Date: 24th May, 2018
Time: 6.30 pm
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As part of Deaf Awareness Week we are pleased to have Kim Harbut from Action on Hearing Loss talking about raising awareness of deafness within the workplace.

She will be talking about:

  • Different levels of communication, ability, thinking, etc as an individual.
  • Barriers to employments – what is the problem? And what is some of the support?
  • Case studies to cover story, challenge, achievement.

We will also have a voluntary speaker/puppy socialiser and hearing dog from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People to raise awareness about the charity.

About the Charities

Action on Hearing Loss (AOHL) is the largest charity for people with hearing loss in the UK, They support those with hearing loss to take back control and live the live they choose. From providing day-to-day-care, to practical information, to campaigning for a fairer world for people with hearing loss, and funding research to find a cure.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they would otherwise miss – simple sounds that many people take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like the fire alarm. Being aware of these – thanks to a hearing dog – makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives. 

About the Speakers

Kim Harbut - I am a Specialist Employment Adviser work for Action on Hearing Loss. I am deaf with speech and have the best of both communicating as speech and sign language. I have worked in this role for over 15 years first with City Limits Employment at Southampton City Council then AOHL last year in May 2017; covering the South Hampshire area.

I was born deaf and attended main stream school with a Hearing Impairment Unit. I had a cochlear implant last May 2016 and still wear my hearing aid in the other ear. My partner is deaf and we have a Hearing Dogs for Deaf People name Erin who we have had now for seven year.