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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

11 JulSense Launch Report ‘ Someone Cares If I’m Not There’

Photo of smiling woman with graphic that reads "I felt left out of group discussions" - Erin. Logo says Jo Cox Loneliness. Start a conversation

‘Someone Cares If I’m Not There’, a new Sense report examining the issue of loneliness for disabled people, will be launched at a Parliament tomorrow afternoon [12th July 2017].  It explores why loneliness affects so many people with disabilities, from the perspective of disabled people themselves.

To view the report or for more information on the month’s activities, please visit



London Exposition Monday 31 July 2017

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL



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 Stairway to BIVR BAW 2017


Who will join us on the red carpet up to BIVR BAW 2017 Exposition?

BAW Exposition 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.

It’s the last day of the Hilary Term – 31 July 2017

Contact: to let me know that YOU are coming


Visit the BIVR stall, the court reporting software giant Stenograph; various court reporting and transcription firms.

Mingle with fellow reporters, judges, lawyers – anyone who wants to see what the court reporting profession does!

Contact: to book your stall


03 JulUKCoD Conference Update

UKCoD will be holding its annual conference on 16 November at BT Tower, London.

The theme this year will be an update on accessibility in Telecommunications and Broadcasting. The three main sections of the conference will cover

  • Telephone Relay service;
  • Video on Demand; and
  • Live Broadcasting including developments in Subtitling and Clear Speech.

There will be panel discussions in each section to allow questions to be raised.

Opening Address: Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Chair of the APPG on deafness

Presenters already confirmed include BBC R&D, Ofcom, SKY, Action on Hearing Loss, Signficant and CapTel along with researchers from University of Salford, UCL and Roehampton University.

Draft programme will be available shortly.

Sponsorship packages available – please contact Clare Long at for details.

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