The Royal Association of Deaf People (RAD) work with deaf people to secure a better future. They provide a wide range of services, from advice on employment to legal support; all services provided by RAD are supported with sign language – even on their website! The RAD deal with discrimination in order to combat social injustice.
RAD has been promoting the rights of 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 various 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; around 230 people from London and Essex have 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. Volunteers have supported these community groups in each field.
Find out more here: http://royaldeaf.org.uk/