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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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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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04 NovThe outcome of Common Purpose Conference

Press Release – 4 November 2016

Craig Crowley

Craig Crowley MBE, chief executive of Action Deafness, was appointed chair of the UK Council on Deafness at its AGM on 2 November. Craig succeeds Jim Edwards, who took up the position in 2010.

The AGM was part of the Council’s annual conference, which this year celebrated the power of collaboration. Groups of presenters explained how their cooperation had brought about benefits for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

Jim Edwards said: “I am delighted to announce Craig is the new chair of the Council. His appointment comes at an exciting time, with the sector working more collaboratively than ever before. His involvement with the initiative to define a common purpose means he is well placed to take up the reins.”

Craig said: “Jim’s six year stewardship of the Council is much appreciated. In particular, he made sure we kept challenging ourselves. The Board and I look forward to continuing what he worked so hard to begin.”


 View Presentations (pdfs)

Prevention and Early Intervention
Common Purpose

15 Jun30 June Parliamentary debate on deafness and hearing loss

APPG-logo-PORTCULLISThe APPG on Deafness, chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, has secured a 90 minute debate on deafness and hearing loss in Westminster Hall at 3pm on Thursday 30 June.

Please tell the MPs you know about the debate, and encourage them to attend and speak. This is a great opportunity for us to make sure the government is aware of the range of issues faced by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

The motion for the debate is “that this House has considered the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the new adult hearing service commissioning framework”. The framework is due to be published soon.

The debate will also be an opportunity to discuss issues of deafness and hearing loss in general, such as support into education and employment, and access for sign language users. For example, the Life Chances Strategy launched by the Prime Minister in January 2016 talked about the importance of support for families, education, and health and social care in supporting self reliance. Deaf people still face many barriers to accessing these services.

We are preparing a briefing for MPs ahead of the debate. While we know our members will be preparing their own, please feel free to tell us what you think should be included.


02 MarWorld Hearing Day, 3rd March

Teeth checked! Eyes Checked. What about your hearing?

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Professional hearing care makes you both healthier and smarter. Maybe it’s time to get your hearing checked.  Get a free hearing test on March 3 .  On WHO World Hearing Day, March 3, you can in many European countries get a free hearing test by visiting a hearing care professional.  Professional hearing care is important and relevant for all those with a hearing loss, from small children to the elderly.The offer of a free hearing test on WHO World Hearing Day, March 3rd, is provided by AEA, (Association of the European Hearing Aid Professionals).

Around 16-17% of all adults have a hearing loss, when measured with a hearing test. Unfortunately only around one in three treat their hearing loss with professional hearing care. This means that 10% of all do not treat their hearing loss.

Healthier and smarter Several surveys and scientific studies in recent years have shown that people who treat their hearing loss with professional hearing care can stay or become healthier and smarter than those who do not treat their hearing loss.

You can download the AEA, EFHOH and EHIMA joint press release for further information by clicking on the link below:

Press Release (pdf)