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Royal Association for Deaf People

The Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) promotes the welfare and interests of deaf people and provides services to deaf people in their first or preferred language, usually British Sign Language (BSL).

Contacts details

Address:Block F
Knowlege Gateway
Nesfield Road
Telephone number: 0300 688 2525

Our services include:

  • Advice and Employability
  • Advocacy and Wellbeing
  • Independent Living
  • Interpreting and Communication
  • Training Centre: DeafAdvance
  • Translation
  • 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 that 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 that 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 the 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 if you are at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Supporting parents with custodial and child protection matters. 

Book an interpreter

To book an interpreter, please email or call 0300 688 2626




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Price: Please contact us for information about our costs
Based: Nationally based
  • Everyone, regardless of age
  • Hearing impairments

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