Deaf & Hearing Awareness Training (DAHAT)

Updated: May 2017 Deaf & Hearing Awareness Training (DAHAT)DeafHear provides DAHAT courses to raise awareness of the barriers faced by Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and to inform participants on appropriate strategies and behaviours to enable them to support Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

The Disability Act places obligations on public bodies to make sure their services and information are accessible to people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. DAHAT courses can be tailored to individual service providers to support them to make their services more accessible.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the barriers that Deaf and Hard of Hearing people face in daily living.

  • List the ways in which Deaf and Hard of Hearing people communicate.

  • Understand and demonstrate how to implement positive methods of communication, and offer an equal service to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

  • Know when and how to book a sign language interpreter.

  • Know the key communication assistive technologies used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

The depth of participants knowledge will obviously depend on the length of the course.


DAHAT for the Workplace

The employment of people with disabilities is a key Government priority, and in 2015 the Government launched a new strategy entitled the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities 2015–2024.

Awareness training is an important element in supporting a Deaf or Hard of Hearing employee in the workplace, especially for line managers and supervisors. Employers can receive grants up to 90% of the cost of awareness training for employees, making this a very worthwhile investment.

As part of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy, the government have funded a new online service for employers managed by a consortium of employer organisations – Chambers Ireland, IBEC and ISME and is funded through the NDA, as part of the comprehensive employment strategy for people with disabilities.

The purpose of the service is to provide employers with advice and information on employing and retaining staff with disabilities and to enhance the confidence and competence of individual employers in this area.

The service comprises:

  • A helpline on a dedicated phone line providing advice and information to employers on employment of people with disabilities

  • A central web-based information resource

  • Forum on the website for employers to share experiences and learn from one another

For more information:


Some Organisations/Professionals
who have availed of DAHAT:

Social Care worker

For more information on our DAHAT courses, contact your local DeafHear Resource Centre:

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