Social media campaign aims to get all involved
Edinburgh based charity Deaf Action has launched a social media campaign to increase deaf awareness and promote inclusion for the deaf community.
The challenge ties in with Deaf Awareness Week, which runs from 3 – 9 May 2021.
This year, the theme is ‘Coming through it together’, highlighting the hardships from the pandemic, and looking forward to a brighter future.
The charity has created a social media challenge called #SignForDeafAction with the aim to teach people some basic British Sign Language (BSL) skills.
The campaign will encourage people to film themselves signing their name, upload their video to social media, make a donation, then nominate others to do the same.
The charity wants people to know that something as simple as learning your name in BSL can make a difference and can promote inclusion.
Philip Gerrard, CEO at Deaf Action, and a deaf BSL user, said: “Deaf people are proud of our language and our culture, and we want to share it with everyone! Anyone can learn basic BSL – learn to sign your name and next time you meet a BSL user you can introduce yourself. It’s such a simple way to increase inclusivity for deaf people.”
The charity hopes this will trend over deaf awareness week and has enlisted the help of other people in the deaf community to promote inclusion.
Evelyn Glennie, the deaf solo percussionist will be taking part in the campaign, showcasing how deafness is not a barrier.
With social media challenges such as the ice bucket challenge being so successful in the past, the charity hopes this will have a similar impact, raising awareness of deafness.
Angela McCormack, fundraiser at Deaf Action, said: “The #SignForDeafAction challenge is a great way to encourage people to learn basic BSL and have some fun.
“By taking part in the challenge, people are helping us increase deaf awareness and raise vital funds. We have lost revenue due to the pandemic over the past year, so we’ve created this fundraising challenge to increase funds to help us sustain and grow our services which support deaf people across Scotland.”