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12 SepA SURVEY ON THE ATW (Access to Work) CAP


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


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


  • 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

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

The survey link is:

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


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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27 JulEnhancing Deaf Access

Enhancing Deaf Access – Telecommunication and Broadcasting Conference Update

Thursday, 16th November 2017, at BT Tower, London

09:30am until 5:00pm  (Registration 9:00am)

On the 16th November 2017 we are bringing together a selection of Telecommunication and Broadcasting leaders to join other experts in the field at the Enhancing Deaf Access Conference at BT Tower, London.

The conference will give an update on accessibility in Telecommunications and Broadcasting covering Telephone Relay service, Video on Demand and Live Broadcasting including developments in Subtitling and Clear Speech, with panel discussions taking place in each section allowing questions from the audience which will be chaired by Lilian Greenwood MP, Andrea Saks (ITU) and Patricia Hodgson (Chair, Ofcom)

Confirmed Keynote: Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Chair of the APPG on deafness

Other Conference Speakers already confirmed:

  • Craig Crowley, Chair UK Council on Deafness
  • Mark Hudson, Significan’t
  • Johanna Taylor, Action on Hearing Loss
  • Marianne Mathews, SKY
  • Cathy Taylor, Ofcom
  • Pablo Romero-Fresco, University of Roehampton
  • Agnieszka Szarkowska, UCL
  • Nigel Megitt, BBC R&D
  • Lauren Ward & Ben Shirley, University of Salford
  • Christopher Jones, Chair, Deaf Access to Communications

Places are limited and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

REGISTER ONLINE or for further information or assistance with registration contact Clare Long at

PROGRAMME: Technology Conference programme 16 Nov 2017

Please feel free to share this invitation internally as places are limited and sold out at the last event, early booking is advised.

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24 JulHearing Link and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People merge

News Release: 18 July

Hearing Link and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People merge

HRH The Princess Royal, Royal Patron of charities Hearing Link and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, today attended the Hearing Dogs Board Meeting where the Chairman announced its forthcoming harmonious merger with Hearing Link on 1st August 2017. The Princess Royal will continue as Royal Patron of the merged charities. In common with many small charities, the challenging and competitive fundraising environment has proved extremely difficult for Hearing Link.

By merging with Hearing Dogs, and incorporating Hearing Link as a distinct service within the larger charity, Hearing Link’s future work is secured and they can plan with confidence to deliver life-changing services to ever-increasing numbers of people. Hearing Link’s name will not change, and their services will continue to run as before, but with the stability of a much larger charity to strengthen their work. Read more of this article