Help for hard of hearing as town becomes deaf-aware

Linlithgow is to be made Scotland’s first deaf- aware town under an innovative new project run by the national school for the deaf.

Tourist attractions, shops and businesses across the West Lothian town are being encouraged to become more aware of the needs of the deaf under the new initiative.

Staff who deal with the public will be taught basic sign language as well as simple tips on how to make their premises more welcoming to deaf people.

Advice includes not turning your back on a deaf person while speaking, to allow them to lip-read.

Organisations which complete the training will be given a sticker to display in their shop window or office to show they have staff who have been trained to deal with the deaf.

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