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23 JulOfcom asks Deaf people to respond to consultation on BSL on TV


Ofcom is seeking views on whether the signing obligations applying to low audience channels should be reviewed for the first time since these were set in 2007.

The British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT) has been delivering sign language programmes since 2009.

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14 JulChair of Deaf Access to Communications Appointed

Congratulations to Christopher Jones who has recently been appointed as the new Chair of Deaf Access to Communications (DAC).

Christopher has taught, written and researched on a wide variety of areas, including relay services, and has many years experience supporting campaigns related to access for deaf.

At the DAC Strategic Executive meeting held last week, Christopher stated:

‘As your new Chair of DAC, I look forward very much working with my Strategic Executive towards a goal of achieving enhanced accessibility in electronic communications for deaf, deafened, deaf blind and hard of hearing.  This will include a range of modern relay services, remote communication support services, better quality subtitling on TV and ensure new forthcoming technology is accessible to all of us.  This would lead better independence especially in the place of work and increased enjoyment of TV and its related services such as video on demand.’

UKCoD Chair, Jim Edwards and the Board welcome Christopher and look forward to working with him.

Website: Deaf Access to Communications




14 JulMinister of State for Disabled People pledges support for RAD

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Mike Penning, Minister of State for Disabled People at the Department of Work and Pensions, visited the head office of Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) in Colchester on 10th July to gain a better understanding of the barriers Deaf people face when it comes to getting work and accessing services.

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09 JulMonitor consutlation on adult hearing loss services

Open consultation – launched today – deadline for response midnight 4 September 2014

NHS adult hearing services in England: how any qualified provider is working for patients

This research project examines the extent to which patients in England benefit from having a choice of NHS hearing loss services.

Exploring how choice is working in NHS adult hearing services

How you can get involved

You can also download and complete a Word version of the survey:

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