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BID's commitment to achieving full equality for people with a sensory loss

Following the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, BID Services remains committed to achieving full equality for people with a sensory loss.

It's been 25 years since the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) became law, making it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people. Replaced in 2010 by the Equality Act, this outlined what organisations need to do to make reasonable adjustments to the way they operate, so that people with disabilities are not disadvantaged or face barriers in accessing information, advice and employment.

BID recognises that whilst there have been many positive changes, the people we support, people who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or deaf/blind, still face daily barriers in accessing services, including health information, communications in accessible formats, employment opportunities and much more.

As a sensory charity, the needs of our service users are at the heart of all that we do, and we will continue to campaign and to work towards creating a world in which people with disabilities are not disadvantaged. We know there is still a long way to go but to mark this milestone, we thought you might like to learn about some of the work we are doing to support social inclusion and reduce discrimination.

Our Employment programme supports people with sensory impairments and other disabilities to find employment, training and volunteer opportunities. We work closely with employers to help them make reasonable adjustments and provide access to appropriate support such as communications support.

We work closely with health care, the public sector, employers and other organisations to offer Deaf Awareness, Visual Awareness and British Sign Language Training to increase understanding of the needs of people with a sensory loss.

We follow the guidance in the 2016 Accessible Information Standard ensuring our communications are produced in accessible formats, such as British Sign Language, audio and large print.

To increase understanding of COVID-19 guidelines in a way that is accessible to people with a sensory loss, we are delivering an awareness campaign both online and offline working with local and national providers to share information and ensure people understand the guidelines around social distancing, lockdown, financial support, and self-isolating.

We fundraise to offer social, leisure and training opportunities to children, young people, adults and older people with sensory impairments, and their families, who are often excluded from mainstream activities.

We continue to campaign to increase awareness and understanding around sensory impairments so that more people understand, and can help to overcome, the barriers people with sensory impairments face when accessing information, support, employment and wider opportunities.

We deliver high quality, professional British Sign Language interpreting and communications support to deaf people in a variety of ways, including face-to-face and video relay.

Please contact us if you would like to find out more about any of BID's services or if you would like some information on making your organisation disability friendly.

Tel 0121 246 6100

Email info@bid.org.uk



Posted 13th November 2020