The 3rd to 9th May 2021 is Deaf Awareness Week. It aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion and raise awareness of the huge range of local organisations that support deaf people and their family and friends.

One of the ways Living Sport is marking Deaf Awareness Week is by highlighting the work of our partner and good friends 
Cambridgeshire Deaf Association (CDA). The CDA are a charity that are focused on improving the wellbeing of deaf people. They have done incredible work to promote healthy lifestyles and support people that are D/deaf to access sport and physical activity during the pandemic. And now, with restrictions beginning to lift they are getting ready to start to open their specific sport sessions. 

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DA have been a partner of Living Sport and our disability work for several years. Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer, and their staff are passionate about offering opportunities and supporting those who are D/deaf in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This includes a healthy lifestyle; their vision is that we have a world where deaf people experience improved health and wellbeing and equality. 

During the last year they have done some amazing work to highlight access for deaf people for fitness online. This included teaming up with Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, to produce British Sign Language (BSL) fitness work outs that could be accessed by any BSL user. Find out how this happened here, or try one of the workouts. 

CDA have also produced BSL supported online recorded content for 
Tai chi and Yoga. 

 


Their flagship sport is football, CDA works with Peterborough United (POSH) to provide football opportunities for deaf adults and children. The Posh Deaf project began in 2011 with just four boys and since then has grown into a club playing in national competitions with success and now has over 70 players involved, with both adult and children’s teams. They are currently planning for face to face training to resume. Find out more about the Posh Deaf project on 
Facebook

More recently, people showed an interest in basketball, at various engagement opportunities which involved Living Sport. With the support of Sense, CDA started running some fun and friendly basketball sessions for people aged 14+ who are deaf or hard of hearing. In 2018 the Raptors Basketball team started and now has enough players to have a team that competes in various competitions. Again, planning for training to restart in 2021 is in action. Follow CDA on Facebook or contact Andy by email for information. 

About Deaf Awareness Week 2021
The UK Council on Deafness
, founded in 1993 and the national umbrella organisation for charities and professional bodies working in the field of deafness, co-ordinates Deaf Awareness Week which involves UK wide series of national and local events to raise awareness of the needs of the 1 in 6 deaf or hard of hearing people in the UK.