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Town’s deaf sports fans’ views wanted

Batonbearer Robert Provan carrying the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton through Montrose at the end of the baton relay for Angus in June.

Batonbearer Robert Provan carrying the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton through Montrose at the end of the baton relay for Angus in June.

As Scotland prepares for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, a charity is urging sports fans from Montrose who are deaf or have hearing loss to share their positive or negative experiences of the event.

Whether it is travelling to and accessing venues, or watching the event on television, Action on Hearing Scotland wants to know deaf fans’ views.

Delia Henry, director of action for Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “The Commonwealth Games will be a tremendous showcase for Scotland, and we’d appreciate it if sports fans from Montrose who are deaf or hard of hearing would share their views about which aspects of travelling to, accessing or watching the Games were fully accessible for them, but also where there could be room for improvement.”

The charity says that deaf awareness and fully working induction loops at main ticket or information points in transport hubs and Games venues are vital for the 160,000 people in Scotland who wear hearing aids.

It advises that accurate, real-time visual information is important to avoid confusion for deaf people.

You can share your experience by e-mailing scotland@hearingloss.org.uk.

 

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