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Westfield Health offers stage support for hard of hearing

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People with hearing difficulties will soon be able to enjoy performances at the Sheffield City Hall for the first time, thanks to a donation from Westfield Health.

 

The health insurance provider has donated £12,000 to purchase captioning equipment, which provides deaf or hard of hearing audiences with access to selected arts performances at the venue.

 

The equipment consists of a screen placed on either side of the stage in a position where it is possible for users to read the captions and still follow the actors on stage.

 

It is estimated that there are 80,000 deaf or hard of hearing people in Sheffield and the Caption Support Group, thought to be the only one of its kind in the country, works to make the arts more accessible to those people.

Health cash plan news: 10 February 2012