The Royal Association of Deaf People (RAD) work with the deaf people to aim at securing a better future. They provide a wide range of services from advice on employment to legal support; with all services provided by RAD being supported with sign language – even on their website! The RAD deal with discrimination in order to combat social injustice.


RAD have been promoting the rights of the deaf people since 1841, making them the oldest deaf organisation – with the use of British Sign Language (BSL) at the heart of this. Their services provide Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) to deaf people in a variety of areas including: benefits, housing, employment, debt and family life.

RAD support deaf people in finding employment: even establishing job centres in Essex and London. These job centres offer help from CV writing, filling in application forms, searching for suitable job vacancies to training.

Another service that RAD offers is free money advice services for deaf and deafblind individuals throughout England. They offer advice on: budgeting, savings, investing, loans, mortgages, credit cards, taxes and much more.


The Deaf Achieve Project is a milestone in the history of RAD. The project was supported by funding from Big Lottery for 3 years; with around 230 people from London and Essex having befitted from this project. The project has allowed RAD to set up informative workshops within a variety of areas; such as: Driving Theory, First Aid, Employability Skills and even Confidence Building exercises. These community groups have been supported by volunteers in each field.

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