Leisure

Summary – Whilst 89% told us they were ‘happy with’ or felt that their social life was ’good enough’; further exploration of this showed that this was the case if participants were active within the Deaf community and visited Deaf clubs. Many felt that the barriers to accessing leisure activities enjoyed by the hearing population were still too great, in fact the majority never took part mainstream activities. Barriers included a lack of Sign Language interpreters, particularly for the theatre, participation in sports or gym classes and attending religious services. Participants felt that subtitled films at the cinema were only scheduled at times that are unsuitable for Deaf people to attend and are certainly never screened on a Friday or Saturday evening. We were told that these were often cancelled or that when people arrived to watch the film cinema staff had forgotten to put the subtitled film on.

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