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26 JunPress Release

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 2018

Aldi Stores Limited pledges support to Deaf Awareness Week

Aldi Stores Limited supported Deaf Awareness Week, a UK-wide campaign by charity UK Council on Deafness which took place 14th – 20th May.

‘Deaf Awareness Week’ is an annual event primarily owned and promoted by the UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) to provide Charities and interested organisations under the umbrella of UKCoD to join forces to raise awareness and challenges of Deafness and hearing loss faced by 1 in 6 people in the UK.

Aldi Stores Limited played a major role and produced their first ever fully signed ad break during Deaf Awareness Week with the exclusive first broadcast of Aldi’s new Like Brands advert introduced by an ITV voiceover and also signed, as part of ITV’s Proud to Present initiative.  It was created by McCann UK, and featured Maisie Sly, the star of Oscar-winning film, the Silent Child.

Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK, said: “It has been an honour to support the UK Council on Deafness and increase awareness of their annual Deaf Awareness Week campaign. The public response to our completely silent and signed advert has been overwhelming and a clear indication of the importance of Aldi’s commitment and role to inclusivity.”

Craig Crowley, Chair of UK Council on Deafness said “We are indebted to Aldi for their generous donation which will help towards building even more awareness of Deafness and Hearing Loss amongst the stakeholders with positive benefits and exposure for our member organisations.

We are delighted to have helped Aldi with their advertising campaign as part of Deaf Awareness Week and positive exposure it brings to the wider audience of the importance of our work at UKCoD.

Thank you Aldi!”

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Enquiries: info@deafcouncil.org.uk

UKCoD, c/o Griffin Chapman, 4 & 5 The Cedars, Apex 12, Old Ipswich Road, Colchester, CO7 7QR /

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Registered Charity Number 1038448

 

26 MarDeaf Awareness Week 2018

Deaf Awareness Week - some facts

Deaf Awareness Week will take place 14th – 20th May and you can find posters and our Press Release now available for downloading on our publicity page.

Craig Crowley, Chair of the UK Council on Deafness, states: “This year’s Deaf Awareness Week is an excellent opportunity showcasing our members proactively raising awareness of Deafness and hearing loss as well as promoting and championing the many organisations that support Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and Deafblind in the UK”.

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21 MarPress Release

We are pleased to see that the Department of Work and Pensions has decided to significantly raise the Access to Work cap. This will help deaf people whose first language is British Sign Language (BSL) to access the communication support so vital to enabling them to thrive and succeed in the workplace.

The increase in the cap to £57,200 from April 2018 means that many more people will no longer face restrictions that impact their ability to carry out their jobs. We welcome this development which will reduce the barriers people face when accessing vital support to work, but we believe it is important to continue to monitor the impact of the cap on those with highest needs.

We welcome the ongoing engagement that the DWP has had with the sector through the UK Council on Deafness and DWP’s commitment to work collaboratively with us to monitor the impact of the cap. We will work with Access to Work’s specialist team as it seeks to coproduce tailored workplace assessments, and to improve its advice to Deaf people and employers, including on the appropriate use of technology, and we are committed to continue working with the Department to explore how this scheme can work for all.

 

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02 MarHouse of Commons – Petition Debate

House of Commons first: live simultaneous BSL interpretation for petition debate

On Monday 5 March there will be a petition debate on making BSL part of the National Curriculum. The debate will be in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm.

For the first time, live in-picture interpretation for people watching live online will be available and a subtitled version will also be made available within hours of the debate.

Further details here

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

House of Commons first: live simultaneous BSL interpretation for petition debate

The Commons Petitions Committee has scheduled a debate in Westminster Hall on a petition calling for British Sign Language (BSL) to be part of the National Curriculum.

The petition, started by Sign Language performer and TV and radio presenter Wayne Barrow, has so far been signed by more than 26,500 people. He grew up in Birmingham with profoundly deaf parents. In the petition, Wayne Barrow argues that “Around 50,000 people in the UK use British Sign Language, so why is this not taught in schools? There are many children who are born deaf, and we need to give them a better chance at a more integrated future.” Read more of this article

13 SepAN EXCITING NEW ERA FOR ACTION DEAFNESS!

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WE ARE MOVING!

Action Deafness (AD) is moving to a new office base in Loughborough!

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Deaf-led Action Deafness (one of the top 10 Deaf organisations in the UK) is now fit and ready to capitalise on facilities provided at the Advanced Technology & Innovation Centre (ATIC) at Loughborough University to support the next phase of its own development work.

AD will continue to retain an office at the Peepul Centre, Leicester but the majority of staff and services, including Communications Interpreting and Community Personal Assistance (PA) will move to the new building.

AD will also continue to operate its own local offices in Derby and Brighton to maintain its close relationships with valued customers, clients and stakeholders.

The move to Loughborough is scheduled to be completed in the first week of October 2017.

Karen Read, Joint Chair of Action Deafness, said: “This new location embodies the organisation’s ambition to build on our regional and national services. It is particularly an exciting time for the organisation!”

For more information please contact Action Deafness:

Email:                   enquiries@actiondeafness.org.uk

Telephone:          0844 593 8440

Website:              www.actiondeafness.org.uk

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