Deaf Culture in England

By Catherine C

How are the Deaf treated?

There are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, or one in six of the population with around 8.7 million in England.

The Deaf are treated as equals by the hearing. They are very prideful and involved in the Deaf culture, especially if they use Sign Language.

How are the Deaf educated?

76% of school aged deaf children attend mainstream schools (where there is no specialist


21% of deaf children are recorded as having an additional special educational need. The most common additional need appears to be moderate learning difficulties.

There are 23 schools for the deaf in England ranging from Elementary to University levels.

What is the most common form of communication?

15,000 people in England and Wales who declare BSL as their first language and 7,000 saying they use another sign language. The Department of Health’s latest GP Patients survey, however, estimates there are 122,000 or eight times as many BSL users.

Many of the deaf also learn Oralism and learn to lip read and speak fluently.

What services are available?

Deafened and Hard of Hearing people are dependent on different communication professionals – lipspeakers, notetakers (manual and electronic) and speech to text reporters (which are all forms of interpreters)

What is the most common language in England?


What sign language is there?

British Sign Language or BSL

But being an Internationally popular country, and being a part of the United Kingdom, some use other forms of sign language. BSL is the most popular.