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Deaf women encouraged to share experiences of the menopause


A researcher from the University of Wolverhampton is inviting Deaf women to share their experiences of the menopause at a forum in Birmingham.

Sarah Bown, from the Faculty of Social Sciences, will be at the event organised by BID services on Tuesday, 26 March 2019.

The forum, from 10am-12pm in the John Lewis 4th floor Community Hub in Grand Central, Birmingham, will enable Deaf and hard of hearing women to discuss access to healthcare during their menopause experience.

Sarah said: “The menopause is frequently cited as the ‘last taboo’ but this topic and wider discussion around it is now gaining traction in the popular press.  Deaf people and in particular, those who use British Sign Language as a first or preferred language, are frequently left behind from mainstream press due to a lack of suitable access, e.g. sign language interpreted information.

“This research project aims to provide the evidence of what Deaf and hard of hearing women need and want, in order to achieve the same access to understanding and through that, the ability to make informed choices regarding their health and health care - just as hearing women would.”

Two successful pilot events were held in November 2018 and were well attended by women from a wide age range who participated via British Sign Language.

Topics included issues in accessing understandable information, healthcare and treatment. 

A BSL video and subtitles is available via BID services:

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Date Issued: Monday, 18 March 2019

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