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Facts and statements on inclusion


  • 9/10 of respondents to our Subtitle It Survey (May 2023) with hearing loss and who were deaf usually or always use subtitles when watching TV [1].
  • 97% of respondents told us they tried to watch a programme and found there were no subtitles [1].

Access to Services 

  • People who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus experience issues accessing or communicating with essential everyday services, in particular utilities companies, supermarkets, and essential retail [2].

Interpreter Provision 

  • In the UK there are currently around 1500 registered sign language interpreters. With up to 87,000 deaf BSL users in the UK, that’s roughly only 1 interpreter for every 60 deaf BSL users [3].  


[1] Find out more about subtitles in the RNID Subtitle It Report, 2023 (PDF, 3MB).

[2] Read a report on the impact of Covid-19 on deaf people and those with hearing loss (PDF, 141KB)

[3] (1) Visit the NRCPD listing for registered sign language interpreters.

[3] (2) Find out more about language professionals in Scotland working with the deaf community.

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Page last updated: 3 July 2023

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