Diabetes UK has worked with RNID to produce information in British Sign Language (BSL) for the people with diabetes in the Deaf community.
Clare Chilton (previously a presenter for the BBC's See Hear) has kindly helped to sign on the videos – "Understanding diabetes" and the "Diabetes and the body" animation.
Research was undertaken in Austria in 2002 which showed that at least 14% of Deaf people have diabetes.
For Diabetes UK, this has been a long-awaited resource. People with diabetes who are Deaf are more at risk of facing health inequalities to accessing care and are less likely to find accessible information to help better manage their diabetes.
We hope with the information produced, people who are deaf and have diabetes now have information that meets their needs appropriately.
Please note that these videos are best viewed at full screen.
in British Sign Language
"Diabetes and the body" animation
with British Sign Language
Diabetes UK Careline
The Diabetes UK Careline is a support helpline for anyone with diabetes, their friends, family and carers. Careline can be contacted in the following ways:
Call: 0845 120 2960*, Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm.
Or if you are in Scotland: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also welcome calls vie Text Relay (www.textrelay.org).
*Depending on your phone package, calls to 0845 numbers may be free. Otherwise, calls to this number from a BT landline can incur a 9.05p set-up charge plus an additional charge of up to 5.25p per minute. Please check with your phone provider for further details of costs to 0845 numbers. Alternatively, call 020 7424 1000 and ask Reception to transfer your call to the Careline.
Diabetes UK has also extended its telephone Careline service to a new base in Glasgow.