Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Deaf Gold Standard
So far, more than 260 gold medals have been awarded to athletes from more than 25 different nations at the Games and the Birmingham 2022 Games themselves are also joining them in receiving their own gold standard.
The National Deaf Children’s Society has awarded Birmingham 2022 the Gold Standard of Excellence for the Deaf – the first organization to successfully receive all three levels of excellence bronze, silver and gold.
The Deaf-Friendly Standard was created to help organizations be as inclusive as possible for Deaf children and young people. Reaching the gold standard demonstrates Birmingham 2022’s commitment to engaging deaf young people and increasing access to opportunities within the Games.
Obtaining this certification demonstrates our commitment to organizing accessible and inclusive Games.
With the largest Parasport offering ever at the Commonwealth Games to date and the first Games to have a dedicated access feature, this award recognizes only part of the work done to make Birmingham 2022 the most accessible Commonwealth Games .
Accessibility has been integrated into all Games, beyond simple venue considerations. This includes developing the look and feel of the Games; inclusion of British Sign Language interpretation at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies; providing rental of hearing aids; awareness training for staff and even assistive technologies, such as the accessibility toolbar on the Games website.
Emma Ord, Birmingham 2022 Accessibility Manager said: “We have always said that we want Birmingham 2022 to be a Games for everyone, so we are extremely proud to have achieved the Gold Deaf Friendly Standard certification.
“Achieving this certification demonstrates our commitment to organizing accessible and inclusive Games.”
As part of the Games, the National Deaf Children’s Society appointed a selection of “young inspectors” to experience and attend the opening ceremony of the Games.
With accessibility being a key consideration across the Games, Birmingham 2022 is committed to ensuring that the world-class sport, celebration of culture and overall Games experience can be enjoyed by all.