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Archive for December, 2012

19 DecVRS – Ofcom Report

Ofcom have published their research into how video relay services are provided internationally.  As UKCoD’s Deaf Access to Communication group is working to identify a model that will see greater provision in the UK, the research will be valuable in pointing the way for some of the policy and infrastructure challenges we face.  Lessons from other countries about how many people use VRS, how it is funded and how technology is used can help shape our own thinking and developments.

The report can be found on Ofcom’s website.

14 DecAccess to Work

UKCoD write to the Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey MP re concerns raised by Liz Sayce about declining Access to Work take up.  On 19 November an announcement was made on a number of measures aimed at making Access to Work more responsive and easier to use.  In addition to this, recommendations were made by the Access to Work expert panel, Chaired by Mike Adams from the Essex Coalition of Disabled People – see full announcement at

To view full details, please see below:

Letter to Ester McVey MP – 16 November 2012

Letter to UKCoD from Esther McVey MP 4 December 2012







13 DecInquiry into the Work Programme

UKCoD have recently sent their report to The Work and Pensions Committee on users experience of the Work Programme and are continuing to gather data on this.

Download the letter to the Work and Pensions Committe and submission here:

Letter – 7 December 2012

Report – 7 December 2012

04 DecConference News – 17 January 2013

‘The Health Reforms – their Impact on Services for People with Hearing Loss and Deafness’

Date: Thursday, 17th January 2013

National Union of Teachers,
Hamilton House, Mabledon Place,
London WC1H 9BD

Our speakers include:

Sir Malcolm Bruce, Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (Invited)
Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer, Department of Health
Professor Adrian Davis, Director NHS Newborn Hearing Screening &  DH Lead Advisor on Physiological Science Services and Audiology
Andrew P Smith, Any Qualified Provider Programme Lead Department of Health
Adam Beckman, President of British Academy of Audiology
Jim Edwards, Chair, UK Council on Deafness
Brian Lamb, Chair, Hearing Loss and Deafness Alliance
Dr Pritti Mehta, Head of Research and Policy, Action on Hearing Loss

Early Bird Prices available!

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