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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

06 MayGreater Manchester Police introduces new service for reporting crime in BSL

Click on the image below to view the news in British Sign Language.

5th May 2016 – Greater Manchester Police is launching a new service that enables people to use British Sign Language (BSL) to report a crime online.

Previously, people who use BSL in Greater Manchester would have needed to report a crime face to face with an officer and an interpreter present. Now, BSL users can use the SignVideo service as an instant video interpreter between themselves and GMP’s call handlers, enabling them to speak to the police wherever they are.

Accessing the SignVideo service through the GMP website on a laptop, smartphone or tablet, members of the public can simply click on a button to be connected to SignVideo. SignVideo will then phone through to GMP’s call handling team for the request to be processed.

Assistant Chief Constable at GMP, Garry Shewan, said: “The deaf community face many challenges every day when communicating and this new service enhances the ways in which people can access policing services.

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

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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 OctSky to trial video relay

Sky have announced a trial of video relay as a way of contacting their accessible customer services team using BSL. 

The service is available via their accessibility website (http://accessibility.sky.com/contact-us/contact-sky-using-british-sign-language), which in turn links to a remote interpreter.

The services is available from 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday, all you need is a webcam.

Laura Johnston, from Sky, said “we want to make it easy for customers with disabilities to get the most from Sky. The service is enabled by SignVideo’s technology and we are glad to be working with them.”