Hearing Loss: 100 Years of Adult Education at City Lit

Posted by 2162 on December 9, 2018

Hearing Loss: 100 Years of Adult Education at City Lit

December 09, 2018 at 9:25 AM

 The City Literary Institute held an event at the Houses of Parliament on the 19th November - Hearing Loss: 100 Years of Adult Education at City Lit, where they launched their  #HearMyLips campaign.  It was inspiring to see so many people joined together to address a serious issue impacting the physical and mental health of over 11 million people in the UK, and support this campaign which highlights their work in supporting people with hearing loss and launched their centenary campaign to expand lipreading and manage hearing loss courses across the country.

 They were joined by City Lit students and tutors, adult education sector stakeholders, leading individuals and organisations from the hearing loss community, plus supporters and partners who have worked with City Lit.  Their  own City Lit Parliamentarian Fellows also attended, including Baroness Sheila Hollins and Rt Hon. David Lammy MP, as well as those they have engaged in their work. It was fantastic to hear from all of the speakers, including Rt Hon. Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, and to have such energy and inspiration in the room.

 

They announced Grayson Perry, as Patron of City Lit’s Centenary Campaign - #HearMyLips, which highlights their work in supporting people with hearing loss and launched their centenary campaign to expand lipreading and manage hearing loss courses across the country. Their campaign film, which was showed on the evening, can be viewed here:  https://youtu.be/bDYE7cXHcHU  and further information about the campaign can be found on their website: https://www.citylit.ac.uk/blog/hear-my-lips .

 

As you know, acquired hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline and is a growing factor in social isolation.  This condition is invisible, so it’s often overlooked, but can become an overriding disability that dominates every aspect of a person’s life. There is no cure, but there are ways to help people cope with the impact and lead healthier, more productive and engaged lives.  Lipreading is proven successful, but unfortunately access to lipreading and managing hearing loss classes is now a postcode lottery.  Building on a 100 years of teaching lipreading, City Lit is embarking on the #HearMyLips campaign to make lipreading classes available across the UK.

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