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Our plan for 2022-23

We are passionate about making life more inclusive for our diverse communities. Our new strategy is ambitious, and exciting.

We’re naturally collaborative with colleagues and partners, and deeply connected to our communities.

This is our action plan for the next year – a live look at what we want to achieve by spring 2023.

Spring 2022

A new online community

We’re going to launch a new online community for people who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus, and their family and friends.

We don’t know exactly what it will look like yet (we’re being curious and open minded as we do our research about it) but we want to give our diverse communities the chance to share information, support and resources directly with each other.

RNID near you

We know that for many of our communities, nothing can replace meeting people face to face. Early this year, we’re going to be testing the best ways to provide information and advice near you. We’ll build up to the point where we have services on the ground across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Contact RNID

We’re making sure that whether you want to call, message, chat to us online or contact us using British Sign Language (BSL), we’re here for all your information and support needs.

Helping kick start new research

Our new Innovation Seed Fund starts this year. It will give financial awards to researchers to kick-start innovative research into the causes, treatment and diagnosis of hearing loss and tinnitus.

Guides to using accessibility features on video conferencing platforms

Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other online tools are part of daily life now. But accessibility features vary and not everyone knows how to use the.

We’ll launch a new demo product on our website, testing and reviewing what kinds of technology are most accessible for our communities.

Summer 2022

Preparing a new campaign on hearing health

We’re going to be speaking to our communities and getting expert insight in preparation for a new campaign to encourage more people to take action on hearing loss earlier.

We’re working with behaviour change experts to design a campaign that will make real, measurable difference to people with hearing loss over the next few years.

Getting your views heard in government

We’ll hand in our Subtitle It! petition to government. It’s part of our continuing work to push for more and better subtitles across all TV, however people watch it.

Developing future research leaders

We’re going to award new Fellowships, helping to develop future research leaders and support cutting edge research into better treatments.

Talking to employers

We’ll be doing research throughout the year so we can be better at talking about the business benefits of employing and supporting our communities at work. We’ll work out which employers we need to engage with to achieve the greatest impact.

Autumn/winter 2022

Finding out what people really think

We’ll do an in-depth poll about attitudes with the general public, and our communities of people who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus.

This insight will help us plan a major new public attitudes campaign next year.

Developing new research projects for investment

Our Hearing Therapeutics Initiative will launch a new ‘accelerator’ programme supporting innovators to develop projects that have a high chance of attracting investment – speeding up the time it takes for ideas to get out of the lab, into testing and closer to transforming the lives of people with hearing loss and tinnitus.

Winter 2023

Access to mental health support

We’ll work to set up partnerships with other organisations to work towards better access to mental health services for our communities.

Supporting employers online

We’ll launch a new digital information service for employers that will help them better recruit, support and retain staff from our communities.

Putting communities at the heart of new research

We’ll launch a new Research Network to help make sure that our communities are involved in the development of new treatments.

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