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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.”

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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.

 

17 NovSignatories to the statement of common purpose on deafness and hearing loss

The organisations listed below are committed to the statement of common purpose on deafness and hearing loss. Any organisation concerned with deafness or hearing loss may join us as a signatory.

  1. Access Bedford
  2. Action Deafness
  3. Action for Deafness
  4. Action on Hearing Loss
  5. appa
  6. All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness, UK Parliament
  7. Association of Deaf Education Professionals and Trainees
  8. Association of Lipspeakers
  9. Association of Sign Language Interpreters
  10. Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults
  11. Association of Verbatim Speech to Text Reporters
  12. Auditory Verbal UK
  13. BID Services
  14. Boots Hearingcare
  15. Brian Archbold
  16. British Academy of Audiology
  17. British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
  18. British Deaf Association
  19. British Society of Audiology
  20. British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists
  21. Cambridgeshire Hearing Help
  22. Chief Officers’ Group of Third Sector Deaf Organisations
  23. Clarion Interpreting
  24. Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group
  25. Connevans Limited
  26. Cross Party Group on Deafness, Scottish Parliament
  27. Cumbria DeafVision
  28. Deaf Direct
  29. Deaf Education through Listening and Talking
  30. Deaf Hub
  31. Deaf Umbrella
  32. Deafblind UK
  33. Deafconnect
  34. Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London
  35. Deafness Support Network
  36. deafPlus
  37. DEAFvibe
  38. Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies, Heriot Watt University
  39. The Ear Foundation
  40. Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education
  41. Gloria McGregor – lipreadingpractice.co.uk
  42. Gloucestershire Deaf Association
  43. Gwen Carr
  44. HearFirst
  45. The Hearing Care Centre Ltd
  46. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
  47. Hearing Link
  48. Hearing Loss and Deafness Alliance
  49. Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service
  50. Home Counties Cochlear Implant Group
  51. Jackie Baillie MSP
  52. Jane Cordell
  53. Jim Fitzpatrick MP
  54. Louise Tonks
  55. Manchester City Council
  56. Manchester Deaf Centre
  57. Microlink
  58. National Association of Deafened People
  59. National Cochlear Implant Users Association
  60. National Community Hearing Association
  61. National Deaf Children’s Society
  62. National Sensory Impairment Partnership
  63. NHS Grampian
  64. NHS Health Scotland
  65. Nottinghamshire Deaf Society
  66. Phonak UK
  67. Reablement Team, Social Services, Southampton City Council
  68. Royal Association for Deaf People
  69. Scottish Council on Deafness
  70. Sense
  71. Sign Language Interactions
  72. Sign Solutions
  73. Signature
  74. SignHealth
  75. SignLive
  76. SignVideo
  77. Social Research with Deaf People, University of Manchester
  78. South Wales Cochlear Implant Support Group
  79. Specsavers
  80. StageTEXT
  81. UK Deaf Sport
  82. UK Hearing Care
  83. University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service
  84. Visual Language Professionals
  85. Your Local Cinema .com
  86. Zebra Uno

18 SepSector celebrates passing of BSL (Scotland) Bill

British Sign Language (BSL) has been recognised as a language in law for the first time with the passing of the BSL (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill requires the Scottish Ministers to “promote, and facilitate the promotion of, the use and understanding of the language known as British Sign Language”.

The Bill, introduced by Mark Griffin MSP, is the result of years of campaigning by deaf and deafblind people.

There were cheers from the gallery as MSPs passed the Bill unanimously. Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick took the unprecedented step of thanking Mark Griffin, the parliamentary staff and all the interpreters for their fantastic work.

Craig Crowley, chair of the task force that helped the sector find a statement of common purpose, said: “This is a great day for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland and across the UK.

“Not only does is set us firmly on the road to UK recognition of our language, it shows what the sector can achieve when we work together.

“This Bill wouldn’t have happened if deaf and deafblind people, organisations working through the Scottish Council on Deafness, and the Scottish Government hadn’t put aside their differences and focused on what we collectively care about.

“So I hope it will be a boost to the work that will follow from our statement of common purpose. The group that will oversee it is meeting for the first time at the end of the month, and I know they’ll have their sights set on just as big a prize.

“It’s been over 20 years since the Commission of Enquiry into Human Aids to Communication called for BSL to be officially recognised as a minority language. If we all pull together, perhaps we can achieve that before the end of the decade.”

07 SepCross sector support for statement of common purpose

Almost 60 organisations are already supporting the statement of common purpose on deafness and hearing loss.

The list already represents the breadth of the sector. It includes organisations that work with or represent

  • people of all ages who are Deaf, deaf, deafened, deafblind or have a hearing loss;
  • the myriad of responses to deafness and hearing loss, from people whose only language is sign language to those who have a cochlear implant; and
  • communication and language professionals, education institutions, communication agencies, and politicians.

Significantly, it includes organisations that aren’t exclusively concerned with deafness or hearing loss. They include NHS Grampian, the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot Watt University, and Southampton City Council’s Reablement Team.

Craig Crowley, chair of the task force that has led the work, said: “We are pleased so many have already signed the statement and look forward to more doing the same.

“The diversity of organisations shows we have gone some way to identifying the core of what our sector is about. We knew there is much we agree on – we just needed to have the conversation.

“Likewise, the work that will be done as a result of this process will be led by organisations across the spectrum of deafness and hearing loss. We are already talking to high profile hearing aid manufacturers, telecommunications providers and others about their involvement too.

“We therefore hope the list will have grown to at least 80 organisations before we formally launch the statement in late autumn. Then we will be in a good position to realise our vision of a world that benefits from people who are deaf or have a hearing loss being able to fulfil their potential.

Six mission groups will develop a collaborative programme of work. They are

  • awareness, chaired by Jim Edwards of Signature;
  • education, chaired by Lindsey Rousseau of NatSIP;
  • employment, chaired by Jan Sheldon of RAD;
  • information, chaired by Lorraine Gailey of Hearing Link;
  • services, chaired by Jeff Skipp of Deafblind UK; and
  • prevention, chaired by Paul Breckell of Action on Hearing Loss.

The chairs will make up the majority of the steering group that will oversee all the work. They will be joined by Jane Cordell of Getting Equal and Craig Crowley of Action Deafness.

The statement of common purpose initiative is facilitated by the UK Council on Deafness. For more information see http://deafcouncil.org.uk/category/commonpurpose.

If you want to join the list of founder signatories and help promote the statement please email dan.sumners@signature.org.uk.

Signatories

  1. Action Deafness
  2. Action for Deafness
  3. Action on Hearing Loss
  4. ADEPT
  5. appa
  6. APPG on Deafness
  7. Association of Lipspeakers
  8. Association of Sign Language Interpreters
  9. Association of Verbatim Speech to Text Reporters
  10. BID Services
  11. Brian Archbold
  12. British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
  13. British Deaf Association
  14. Cambridgeshire Hearing Help
  15. Chief Officers’ Group of Third Sector Deaf Organisations
  16. Clarion Interpreting
  17. Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group
  18. Cumbria DeafVision
  19. Deaf Direct
  20. Deafblind UK
  21. Deafconnect
  22. Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London
  23. Deafness Support Network
  24. deafPlus
  25. Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies, Heriot Watt University
  26. The Ear Foundation
  27. Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education
  28. Gloucestershire Deaf Association
  29. Gwen Carr
  30. HearFirst
  31. Hearing Link
  32. Hearing Loss and Deafness Alliance
  33. Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service
  34. Home Counties Cochlear Implant Group
  35. Jane Cordell
  36. Louise Tonks
  37. Manchester Deaf Centre
  38. National Association of Deafened People
  39. National Cochlear Implant Users Association
  40. National Community Hearing Association
  41. National Deaf Children’s Society
  42. National Sensory Impairment Partnership
  43. NHS Grampian
  44. Nottinghamshire Deaf Society
  45. Phonak UK
  46. Reablement Team, Social Services, Southampton City Council
  47. Royal Association for Deaf People
  48. Scottish Council on Deafness
  49. Sense
  50. Sign Solutions
  51. Signature
  52. SignHealth
  53. Social Research with Deaf People, University of Manchester
  54. South Wales Cochlear Implant Support Group
  55. StageTEXT
  56. UK Deaf Sport
  57. Visual Language Professionals