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19 SepEnjoy getting up to date at BT Tower….

Enhancing Deaf Access – Telecommunication and Broadcasting Conference Update

Thursday, 16th November at BT Tower

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An opportunity not to be missed!

Get up to date, hear about the latest upcoming developments Enhancing Deaf Access – Telecommunication and Broadcasting, enjoy networking and the included buffet lunch in the exclusive revolving restaurant at the top of the BT Tower whilst enjoying the view below….

REGISTER ONLINE or for further information or assistance with registration contact Clare Long at c.long@deafcouncil.org.uk.

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14 SepAction on Hearing Loss GP Survey

Do you find it difficult to book GP appointments?

Do you need a BSL interpreter to get all the information you need about your health and care?

If so, Action on Hearing Loss want to hear from you!  

Over the past three years, NHS guidance and quality standards have been introduced across the UK which to improve the way GPs and other NHS services communicate with people who are Deaf.  Action on Hearing Loss have launched a major new survey to gather evidence on the impact of these changes.

video has also been produced, see link below, which explains the survey in BSL.  Action on Hearing Loss are offering an option for people to book appointments with them so that your answers can be given in BSL over Skype/Facetime.

https://youtu.be/1WOSnwdiDfw

Take the survey today and share your views!

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 SepA 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.