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07 SepCross sector support for statement of common purpose

Almost 60 organisations are already supporting the statement of common purpose on deafness and hearing loss.

The list already represents the breadth of the sector. It includes organisations that work with or represent

  • people of all ages who are Deaf, deaf, deafened, deafblind or have a hearing loss;
  • the myriad of responses to deafness and hearing loss, from people whose only language is sign language to those who have a cochlear implant; and
  • communication and language professionals, education institutions, communication agencies, and politicians.

Significantly, it includes organisations that aren’t exclusively concerned with deafness or hearing loss. They include NHS Grampian, the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot Watt University, and Southampton City Council’s Reablement Team.

Craig Crowley, chair of the task force that has led the work, said: “We are pleased so many have already signed the statement and look forward to more doing the same.

“The diversity of organisations shows we have gone some way to identifying the core of what our sector is about. We knew there is much we agree on – we just needed to have the conversation.

“Likewise, the work that will be done as a result of this process will be led by organisations across the spectrum of deafness and hearing loss. We are already talking to high profile hearing aid manufacturers, telecommunications providers and others about their involvement too.

“We therefore hope the list will have grown to at least 80 organisations before we formally launch the statement in late autumn. Then we will be in a good position to realise our vision of a world that benefits from people who are deaf or have a hearing loss being able to fulfil their potential.

Six mission groups will develop a collaborative programme of work. They are

  • awareness, chaired by Jim Edwards of Signature;
  • education, chaired by Lindsey Rousseau of NatSIP;
  • employment, chaired by Jan Sheldon of RAD;
  • information, chaired by Lorraine Gailey of Hearing Link;
  • services, chaired by Jeff Skipp of Deafblind UK; and
  • prevention, chaired by Paul Breckell of Action on Hearing Loss.

The chairs will make up the majority of the steering group that will oversee all the work. They will be joined by Jane Cordell of Getting Equal and Craig Crowley of Action Deafness.

The statement of common purpose initiative is facilitated by the UK Council on Deafness. For more information see http://deafcouncil.org.uk/category/commonpurpose.

If you want to join the list of founder signatories and help promote the statement please email dan.sumners@signature.org.uk.

Signatories

  1. Action Deafness
  2. Action for Deafness
  3. Action on Hearing Loss
  4. ADEPT
  5. appa
  6. APPG on Deafness
  7. Association of Lipspeakers
  8. Association of Sign Language Interpreters
  9. Association of Verbatim Speech to Text Reporters
  10. BID Services
  11. Brian Archbold
  12. British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
  13. British Deaf Association
  14. Cambridgeshire Hearing Help
  15. Chief Officers’ Group of Third Sector Deaf Organisations
  16. Clarion Interpreting
  17. Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group
  18. Cumbria DeafVision
  19. Deaf Direct
  20. Deafblind UK
  21. Deafconnect
  22. Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London
  23. Deafness Support Network
  24. deafPlus
  25. Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies, Heriot Watt University
  26. The Ear Foundation
  27. Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education
  28. Gloucestershire Deaf Association
  29. Gwen Carr
  30. HearFirst
  31. Hearing Link
  32. Hearing Loss and Deafness Alliance
  33. Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service
  34. Home Counties Cochlear Implant Group
  35. Jane Cordell
  36. Louise Tonks
  37. Manchester Deaf Centre
  38. National Association of Deafened People
  39. National Cochlear Implant Users Association
  40. National Community Hearing Association
  41. National Deaf Children’s Society
  42. National Sensory Impairment Partnership
  43. NHS Grampian
  44. Nottinghamshire Deaf Society
  45. Phonak UK
  46. Reablement Team, Social Services, Southampton City Council
  47. Royal Association for Deaf People
  48. Scottish Council on Deafness
  49. Sense
  50. Sign Solutions
  51. Signature
  52. SignHealth
  53. Social Research with Deaf People, University of Manchester
  54. South Wales Cochlear Implant Support Group
  55. StageTEXT
  56. UK Deaf Sport
  57. Visual Language Professionals

16 AprStatement of common purpose on deafness and hearing loss

This statement is the basis for collective work by organisations concerned with deafness or hearing loss.

The organisations listed below are committed to the vision, mission and values. Any organisation concerned with deafness or hearing loss may join us as a signatory.

We use ‘deafness’ and ‘hearing loss’ to encompass people who are deaf, Deaf, deafblind, deafened and hard of hearing, whatever language they use, their chosen mode of communication or response to their deafness and hearing loss.

Vision

A world that benefits from people who are deaf or have a hearing loss being able to fulfil their potential.

Mission

To realise our vision we will work with people who are deaf or have a hearing loss to make sure they have equal access to all aspects of society by

  • making sure access is available in the most appropriate languages and modes and means of communication for the individual;
  • making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss can access all public services, giving special attention to education, health and social care, policing and justice;
  • making sure government and others fulfil their obligations under legislation such as the Equality Act 2010 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  • making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss are central to discussions about issues affecting their lives, in particular the development of services;
  • raising public awareness of deafness and hearing loss, the challenges faced by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, the needs they have and the contribution they make;
  • making sure the education of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss is delivered in environments which maximise linguistic, academic and social development and attainment;
  • improving the education and training available to professionals providing services to people who are deaf or have a hearing loss;
  • making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss can access employment and training in environments which maximise professional and social development and attainment;
  • improving the quality and availability of information, advice and guidance for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, and parents and carers of children who are deaf or have a hearing loss;
  • improving the quality of services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, including assisting the research and development of technologies that improve access for and to people who are deaf or have a hearing loss; and
  • preventing avoidable deafness and hearing loss by educating the public about the value of hearing and how to protect it.

Values

In carrying out our mission we

  • collaborate: work together;
  • are creative: explore new ideas and approaches.;
  • use evidence: base our work on the best research and the experiences of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss;
  • are inclusive: seek to involve all interested organisations and individuals in our work;
  • have integrity: be open and honest about our work; and
  • demonstrate respect: have due regard for the different views of individuals and organisations involved in our work.

Steering group

A steering group oversees progress on the following elements of the mission:

  • making sure access is available in the most appropriate languages and modes and means of communication for the individual;
  • making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss can access all public services, giving special attention to education, health and social care, policing and justice;
  • making sure government and others fulfil their obligations under legislation such as the Equality Act 2010 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and
  • making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss are central to discussions about issues affecting their lives, in particular the development of services.

Mission groups

The following groups develop work on the elements of the mission:

  • awareness: raising public awareness of deafness and hearing loss, the challenges faced by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, the needs they have and the contribution they make;
  • education: making sure the education of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss is delivered in environments which maximise linguistic, academic and social development and attainment; and improving the education and training available to professionals providing services to people who are deaf or have a hearing loss;
  • employment: making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss can access employment and training in environments which maximise professional and social development and attainment;
  • information: improving the quality and availability of information, advice and guidance for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, and parents and carers of children who are deaf or have a hearing loss; and
  • services: improving the quality of services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, including assisting the research and development of technologies that improve access for and to people who are deaf or have a hearing loss; and
  • prevention and early intervention: preventing avoidable deafness and hearing loss by educating the public about the value of hearing and how to protect it.

Planning

Each group has a plan for the year ahead. It usually includes

  • issues that need to be addressed (aims);
  • actions to address those issues (objectives);
  • what will be produced (outputs);
  • what will happen as a result (outcomes);
  • the evidence that will be used or collected (evidence);
  • organisations and individuals that need to be involved (partners);
  • details of how other organisations and individuals can contribute (opportunities);
  • how it will communicate its work to the sector and others (communication);
  • resource requirements and ways to meet them (resources); and
  • when it will do the work (timescale).

Resources

Signatories support our collective work where possible with resources such as

  • staff time;
  • rooms and other facilities;
  • promotion of initiatives;
  • sharing of research and other intelligence;
  • sharing of contacts; and
  • financial contributions.

16 AprDeaf sector pulls together ahead of general election

Organisations concerned with deafness and hearing loss will be working collectively to influence the next government following agreement of a statement of common purpose.

Organisations are now from all sectors are now being asked to become founder signatories and promote the statement.

A campaign will be launched after the general election to raise awareness of the problems faced by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss and the solutions the sector is pursuing.

The aim is to take us closer to a world in which people who are deaf, Deaf, deafblind, deafened or hard of hearing are able to fulfil their potential.

It will benefit everyone who is deaf or has a hearing loss, whether they use sign language or  spoken language, have a cochlear implant or hearing aids, or see themselves as disabled or part of a cultural minority.

Craig Crowley, chief executive of Action Deafness, is chair of the task force that has produced the statement. Craig said: “We are pleased and encouraged that we’ve agreed this basis for collective work in a relatively short time.

“Everyone seems to have recognised a lack of common purpose has stopped us making the political and social progress on deafness and hearing loss we should have. We now have a firm platform from which to speak to government and the public.”

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, which led the initiative on behalf of its members, said: “In the past, organisations have focused on differences of opinion, rather than common aims. The focus this statement provides is an indication that’s changing.

“Because whatever we think about the importance of using this or that language, or the benefits of one or other medical intervention, we agree society shouldn’t hold someone back just because they are deaf or have a hearing loss.” Read more of this article

18 DecA vision, mission and values for the deaf sector

A vision, mission and values for the deaf sector have been defined as part of UK Council on Deafness work to find a common purpose for the sector.

They are the first parts of a statement that will be the basis for collective work by organisations concerned with deafness.

The next step is to decide what the priorities for collective action will be. They will be the main point of discussion at the next stakeholder meeting in February 2015.

When the statement is complete, organisations will be asked to sign up to it. By doing so they will commit to the vision, mission, values, priorities and principles of partnership working.

Any organisation concerned with deafness may become a signatory. The statement will use ‘deaf’ to refer to people who are deaf, Deaf, deafblind, deafened and hard of hearing, whatever their chosen mode of communication or response to their deafness.

If you are interested in being involved in this work, please contact Dan Sumners via dan.sumners@signature.org.uk.

Vision

A world that benefits from deaf people being able to fulfil their potential.

Mission

To realise our vision we will work with deaf people to make sure they have equal access to all aspects of society by

  • making sure access is available in the most appropriate languages and modes and means of communication for the individual;
  • raising public awareness of deafness, the challenges faced by deaf people, the needs they have and the contribution they make;
  • making sure government and others fulfil their obligations under legislation such as the Equality Act 2010 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  • making sure deaf people can access all public services, giving special attention to education, health and social care, policing and justice;
  • making sure the education of deaf people is delivered in environments which maximise academic and social development and attainment;
  • making sure deaf people can access employment and training in environments which maximise professional and social development and attainment;
  • improving the quality of services for deaf people, including assisting the development of technologies that improve access for and to deaf people;
  • improving the quality and availability of information, advice and guidance for deaf people, and parents and carers of deaf children;
  • making sure deaf people are central to discussions about issues affecting their lives, in particular the development of services;
  • improving the education and training available to professionals providing services to deaf people; and
  • preventing avoidable deafness by educating the public about the value of hearing and how to protect it.

Values

In carrying out our mission we will

  • collaborate: work together;
  • be creative: explore new ideas and approaches.;
  • use evidence: base our work on the best research and the experiences of deaf people;
  • be inclusive: seek to involve all interested organisations and individuals in our work;
  • have integrity: be open and honest about our work; and
  • have respect: have due regard for the different views of individuals and organisations involved in our work.

02 DecOne step closer to a common purpose for the deaf sector

The UK Council on Deafness is one step closer to defining a common purpose for the deaf sector following a stakeholder seminar on 1 December.

Representatives from businesses, local authorities, communication and language professional associations, charities and health services met to refine the draft statement of common purpose. They also considered what the priorities for collaborative working should be.

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said: “We now have a strong consensus on the need for a statement that outlines the basis for collective work by organisations working in the field of deafness.

“There was a clear sense of ambition and purpose at the seminar. It was great to have campaigning organisations such as the British Deaf Association sitting alongside local councils and providers of technology. They all agreed we share aims and will be stronger if we work together.

“We also agreed this needs to be a common purpose for the sector, not just the UK Council on Deafness. We hope it will attract a significant number of signatories.”

The draft statement of common purpose considered at the meeting was the result of a recent survey and ongoing conversation with key sector stakeholders. You can download the report of the survey [Word].

Following the meeting, the statement will be developed and refined before being circulated for further comment. The final statement will be presented to the sector in February 2015