Simon was born prematurely and as a result, has a severe hearing loss.
During the pandemic, he struggled because of his need to lipread when communicating with others, and the masks presented a significant barrier in this regard. Having had several negative experiences (Doctor Surgeries, Supermarkets, Opticians, Pharmacies etc.) he wrote a post about the experience and this was viewed over 110,000 times on LinkedIn.
If you are interested in the post, you can view it here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/gsimonhoughton_im-so-sick-of-having-to-apologise-for-being-activity-6765630683810418689-3qBT
From this, he started the national campaign #WeSupportDeafAwareness which aims to help organisations and their staff better communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing. Since 12th April, over 24,000 UK employees have now been given access to his training, and a range of organisations from FTSE100, NHS, Charities, Trade Unions and small companies have joined the campaign.
If you are interested in learning more about Simon’s campaign, you can visit www.WeSupportDeafAwareness.org
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