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Royal Association for Deaf People

Promoting the welfare and interests of deaf people.

Since 1841, the Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) has worked to ensure that Deaf people have access to services in British Sign Language (BSL).

Contacts details

Telephone number: 0300 688 2525

Other ways to contact us

  • Head office text phone - 0300 688 2527
  • Head office fax - 0300 688 2526
  • Text - 7969415170
  • Local mobile - 07467914153

We provide services such as:

  • Advocacy
  • Children and Families
  • Community Engagement
  • Communication Services
  • DeafAdvance
  • DeafAge
  • Employment
  • Independent Living
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • RADvice
  • TalkMore
  • YouthAdvance

Advocacy for Deaf people

The Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) also works in partnership with The Advocacy People to provide accessible services for our clients.

We provide advocacy in a client's first or preferred language; British Sign Language (BSL) and not through interpretation.  All our advocates are either deaf themselves or fluent in BSL.

Advocacy can support you:

  • Making a complaint about any NHS service which you are unhappy with. This includes dentists, GPs, Walk-in services and Hospitals. (IHCA - Independent Health Complaints Advocacy).
  • Supporting you to be involved in decisions made about your care and support. (ICAA - Care Act advocacy).
  • Making a complaint about a Social Care service which you are unhappy with. (ISCA - Independent Social Care Complaints Advocacy).
  • Understanding your rights under the Mental Health Act. (IMHA - Independent Mental Health Advocacy).
  • Supporting and representing you during Liberty Protection Safeguards and as Relevant Person's Representative.
  • Supporting you with safeguarding issues - if you feel at risk or unsafe, if you have been a victim of crime, antisocial behaviour or domestic abuse or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Supporting parents with custodial and child protection matters. 


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Based: Nationally based
  • Everyone, regardless of age
  • Hearing impairments

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