Hampshire Deaf Association

Hampshire Deaf Association

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Hampshire Deaf Association

HDA believes in a world where all deaf and hard of hearing people will take their place as respected and confident members of the wider community, able to access opportunities, make informed choices and achieve their potential. We provide information and opportunities to break down the barriers faced by people with a hearing loss so they can realise their full potential. We maintain a range of services that meet the needs of the deaf community including: Confidential Interpreting Service, Communications Training, Community Development, Student Support, Children and Young Peoples’ Services, support for students for the transition from college to employment, Residential Service, Mentor Volunteer Project, a Resource Centre providing information and advice and display, demonstration and purchase of specialist equipment.

Deaf people are faced with a multitude of communication barriers everyday with little access to the 90% of new information that is picked up through hearsay by their hearing peers. Deafness being ‘invisible’ means deaf people are more often excluded from new information unless it is specifically directed to them in a medium they can understand. As a result they often receive reduced and/or inaccurate levels of information, preventing them from making informed choices or achieving their full potential.