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13 SepAN EXCITING NEW ERA FOR ACTION DEAFNESS!

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WE ARE MOVING!

Action Deafness (AD) is moving to a new office base in Loughborough!

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Deaf-led Action Deafness (one of the top 10 Deaf organisations in the UK) is now fit and ready to capitalise on facilities provided at the Advanced Technology & Innovation Centre (ATIC) at Loughborough University to support the next phase of its own development work.

AD will continue to retain an office at the Peepul Centre, Leicester but the majority of staff and services, including Communications Interpreting and Community Personal Assistance (PA) will move to the new building.

AD will also continue to operate its own local offices in Derby and Brighton to maintain its close relationships with valued customers, clients and stakeholders.

The move to Loughborough is scheduled to be completed in the first week of October 2017.

Karen Read, Joint Chair of Action Deafness, said: “This new location embodies the organisation’s ambition to build on our regional and national services. It is particularly an exciting time for the organisation!”

For more information please contact Action Deafness:

Email:                   enquiries@actiondeafness.org.uk

Telephone:          0844 593 8440

Website:              www.actiondeafness.org.uk

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12 SepAPPG on Deafness

The APPG on Deafness held its AGM last Tuesday, 5th September and re-register as an APPG following the general election.

We are delighted to announce that at this meeting, Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Labour, Polar and Limehouse) was reappointed unopposed as Chair of the Group.  Full details of appointed officers can be found at http://deafcouncil.org.uk/about-us/party-parliamentary-group-deafness/

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During the AGM a good discussion took place on Access to Work and BSL Language recognition.  The minutes of the meeting and previous meetings can be viewed at http://deafcouncil.org.uk/policy-and-campaigns/meetings/ or here:

APPG on Deafness Minutes [PDF]

Note:  
A survey on the AtW cap has been created, details of which can be found here.  The All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (APPG) and UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) are supporting this survey. We need to gather further evidence on the ATW cap before engaging with the Minister for the Disabled (Penny Morduant MP) and the Department of Work and Pensions.

IMPORTANT: The survey needs to be completed before Friday 22nd September 2017

12 SepTHIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

A SURVEY ON THE ATW (Access to Work) CAP

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The ATW CAP survey has been created to provide more information about the effects of capped ATW budgets on the working and professional lives of Deaf people.

The survey is definitely for you if:-

  • You have an ATW award

and

  • Your allocation has already been capped, or will be capped in April 2018

and

  • You live in England, Wales or Scotland (not Northern Ireland).

The survey is in BSL (British Sign Language) and English.  If you would like to answer the questions in BSL then please contact darrenth@gmail.com.

IMPORTANT: The survey needs to be completed before Friday 22nd September 2017.

The survey link is:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ATW_CAP

ATW survey 2017

 

Please note: we need MORE people to complete the survey.

This is your opportunity for your views and experiences to be ‘heard’ by the Government (The Department of Work and Pensions).

Please share information about this ATW cap survey with your friends and colleagues.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (APPG) and UK Council on Deafness (UKCOD) are supporting this survey. We need to gather further evidence on the ATW cap before engaging with the Minister for the Disabled (Penny Morduant MP) and the Department of Work and Pensions.

24 AugUNCRPD – UK Gov Sessions to be Live Streamed

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Over Wednesday the 23rd and Thursday the 24th August, the committee will review the UK Government and create a list of recommendations based on the evidence provided by the British Deaf Association and other key UK Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations.

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23 AugPress Release: BDA challenge UK Gov at UN

21st August Press Release

British Deaf Association take complaints about UK government’s disability rights record to the United Nations

The British Deaf Association, with other Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) from across the United Kingdom, will today attend the United Nations in Geneva to highlight the government’s ongoing human rights violations and evasive behaviour towards a major United Nations committee.

The disability committee is reviewing the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People for the first time. The UK government ratified the Convention in 2011. DDPOs will tell the Committee that the government has ignored many of the questions put to it earlier this year as part of the review process. It will consider the government’s response to its questions and the DDPOs’ observations before quizzing representatives from the UK and devolved governments in Geneva later this week (23 and 24 August).

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