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National Assembly wins award for being a top deaf-friendly organisation

20/05/2015

​The National Assembly for Wales has won the silver award in Action on Hearing Loss Cymru's Excellence Wales awards.

The awards are organised to recognise success in providing deaf-friendly services to the 530,000 people in Wales who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

"The award demonstrates that the National Assembly is committed to being accessible to all," added Sandy Mewies AM, the Assembly Commissioner with responsibility for equalities issues.

"A key part of that is providing support services to people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

"I am proud of the Assembly's Equalities team for once again delivering exemplar services that are recognised by external partners."

The National Assembly provides:

  • Deaf awareness training to staff;
  • British Sign Language training to some staff;
  • Loop amplification systems for all official meetings of the National Assembly and meetings in public areas of the Assembly's estate;
  • Reasonable adjustments for staff who are deaf or have a hearing loss;
  • Weekly videos of BSL interpretation of First Minister's Questions;
  • Flashing beacons for fire alarms.

Richard Williams, the director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, said, "I'd like to congratulate all award winners for the steps they are taking to be accessible to the 530,000 people in Wales who are confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss.  We hope that more organisations across Wales will see them as role models of how to provide accessible services."

 

(L-R): Richard Williams, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru; Ross Davies, National Assembly's Equality Manager; Sandy Mewies AM, Assembly Commissioner with responsibility for equalities; and Paul Breckell, Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss

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