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A 'Right to Hear'

09 May 2019

Eleven million people (1 in 6) in the UK live with hearing loss and they consistute the largest disabled group and almost a quarter of them wear a hearing aid.

This quick reference guide has been produced for Deaf Awareness Week 2019.

It sets out your responsibilities as a service or business with premises accessible to the public and the assistive listening technology that can help you to meet those responsibilities.

The Equality Act 2010 states that everyone should be treated equally.

Public buildings are required to make "reasonable adjustments" to allow people with hearing loss to access venues and services.

What constitutes a "reasonable adjustment" depends on the size of the organisation, the costs involved and how practical it would be to make the changes.

Part M of building regulations provides premises with guidance for making sure everybody can access and use buildings and their facilities.

The revised British Standard 8300 (January 2018) represents best practice for making buildings inclusive and accessible.

For the first time, it now includes recommendations for where assistive listening technology should be provided.

Read more on legislation on our website at www.contacta.co.uk/hearing-loops-legislation


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