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16 AprStatement of common purpose on deafness and hearing loss

This statement is the basis for collective work by organisations concerned with deafness or hearing loss.

The organisations listed below are committed to the vision, mission and values. Any organisation concerned with deafness or hearing loss may join us as a signatory.

We use ‘deafness’ and ‘hearing loss’ to encompass people who are deaf, Deaf, deafblind, deafened and hard of hearing, whatever language they use, their chosen mode of communication or response to their deafness and hearing loss.

Vision

A world that benefits from people who are deaf or have a hearing loss being able to fulfil their potential.

Mission

To realise our vision we will work with people who are deaf or have a hearing loss to make sure they have equal access to all aspects of society by

  • making sure access is available in the most appropriate languages and modes and means of communication for the individual;
  • making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss can access all public services, giving special attention to education, health and social care, policing and justice;
  • making sure government and others fulfil their obligations under legislation such as the Equality Act 2010 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  • making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss are central to discussions about issues affecting their lives, in particular the development of services;
  • raising public awareness of deafness and hearing loss, the challenges faced by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, the needs they have and the contribution they make;
  • making sure the education of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss is delivered in environments which maximise linguistic, academic and social development and attainment;
  • improving the education and training available to professionals providing services to people who are deaf or have a hearing loss;
  • making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss can access employment and training in environments which maximise professional and social development and attainment;
  • improving the quality and availability of information, advice and guidance for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, and parents and carers of children who are deaf or have a hearing loss;
  • improving the quality of services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, including assisting the research and development of technologies that improve access for and to people who are deaf or have a hearing loss; and
  • preventing avoidable deafness and hearing loss by educating the public about the value of hearing and how to protect it.

Values

In carrying out our mission we

  • collaborate: work together;
  • are creative: explore new ideas and approaches.;
  • use evidence: base our work on the best research and the experiences of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss;
  • are inclusive: seek to involve all interested organisations and individuals in our work;
  • have integrity: be open and honest about our work; and
  • demonstrate respect: have due regard for the different views of individuals and organisations involved in our work.

Steering group

A steering group oversees progress on the following elements of the mission:

  • making sure access is available in the most appropriate languages and modes and means of communication for the individual;
  • making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss can access all public services, giving special attention to education, health and social care, policing and justice;
  • making sure government and others fulfil their obligations under legislation such as the Equality Act 2010 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and
  • making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss are central to discussions about issues affecting their lives, in particular the development of services.

Mission groups

The following groups develop work on the elements of the mission:

  • awareness: raising public awareness of deafness and hearing loss, the challenges faced by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, the needs they have and the contribution they make;
  • education: making sure the education of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss is delivered in environments which maximise linguistic, academic and social development and attainment; and improving the education and training available to professionals providing services to people who are deaf or have a hearing loss;
  • employment: making sure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss can access employment and training in environments which maximise professional and social development and attainment;
  • information: improving the quality and availability of information, advice and guidance for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, and parents and carers of children who are deaf or have a hearing loss; and
  • services: improving the quality of services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, including assisting the research and development of technologies that improve access for and to people who are deaf or have a hearing loss; and
  • prevention and early intervention: preventing avoidable deafness and hearing loss by educating the public about the value of hearing and how to protect it.

Planning

Each group has a plan for the year ahead. It usually includes

  • issues that need to be addressed (aims);
  • actions to address those issues (objectives);
  • what will be produced (outputs);
  • what will happen as a result (outcomes);
  • the evidence that will be used or collected (evidence);
  • organisations and individuals that need to be involved (partners);
  • details of how other organisations and individuals can contribute (opportunities);
  • how it will communicate its work to the sector and others (communication);
  • resource requirements and ways to meet them (resources); and
  • when it will do the work (timescale).

Resources

Signatories support our collective work where possible with resources such as

  • staff time;
  • rooms and other facilities;
  • promotion of initiatives;
  • sharing of research and other intelligence;
  • sharing of contacts; and
  • financial contributions.

16 AprDeaf sector pulls together ahead of general election

Organisations concerned with deafness and hearing loss will be working collectively to influence the next government following agreement of a statement of common purpose.

Organisations are now from all sectors are now being asked to become founder signatories and promote the statement.

A campaign will be launched after the general election to raise awareness of the problems faced by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss and the solutions the sector is pursuing.

The aim is to take us closer to a world in which people who are deaf, Deaf, deafblind, deafened or hard of hearing are able to fulfil their potential.

It will benefit everyone who is deaf or has a hearing loss, whether they use sign language or  spoken language, have a cochlear implant or hearing aids, or see themselves as disabled or part of a cultural minority.

Craig Crowley, chief executive of Action Deafness, is chair of the task force that has produced the statement. Craig said: “We are pleased and encouraged that we’ve agreed this basis for collective work in a relatively short time.

“Everyone seems to have recognised a lack of common purpose has stopped us making the political and social progress on deafness and hearing loss we should have. We now have a firm platform from which to speak to government and the public.”

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, which led the initiative on behalf of its members, said: “In the past, organisations have focused on differences of opinion, rather than common aims. The focus this statement provides is an indication that’s changing.

“Because whatever we think about the importance of using this or that language, or the benefits of one or other medical intervention, we agree society shouldn’t hold someone back just because they are deaf or have a hearing loss.” Read more of this article

18 DecA vision, mission and values for the deaf sector

A vision, mission and values for the deaf sector have been defined as part of UK Council on Deafness work to find a common purpose for the sector.

They are the first parts of a statement that will be the basis for collective work by organisations concerned with deafness.

The next step is to decide what the priorities for collective action will be. They will be the main point of discussion at the next stakeholder meeting in February 2015.

When the statement is complete, organisations will be asked to sign up to it. By doing so they will commit to the vision, mission, values, priorities and principles of partnership working.

Any organisation concerned with deafness may become a signatory. The statement will use ‘deaf’ to refer to people who are deaf, Deaf, deafblind, deafened and hard of hearing, whatever their chosen mode of communication or response to their deafness.

If you are interested in being involved in this work, please contact Dan Sumners via dan.sumners@signature.org.uk.

Vision

A world that benefits from deaf people being able to fulfil their potential.

Mission

To realise our vision we will work with deaf people to make sure they have equal access to all aspects of society by

  • making sure access is available in the most appropriate languages and modes and means of communication for the individual;
  • raising public awareness of deafness, the challenges faced by deaf people, the needs they have and the contribution they make;
  • making sure government and others fulfil their obligations under legislation such as the Equality Act 2010 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  • making sure deaf people can access all public services, giving special attention to education, health and social care, policing and justice;
  • making sure the education of deaf people is delivered in environments which maximise academic and social development and attainment;
  • making sure deaf people can access employment and training in environments which maximise professional and social development and attainment;
  • improving the quality of services for deaf people, including assisting the development of technologies that improve access for and to deaf people;
  • improving the quality and availability of information, advice and guidance for deaf people, and parents and carers of deaf children;
  • making sure deaf people are central to discussions about issues affecting their lives, in particular the development of services;
  • improving the education and training available to professionals providing services to deaf people; and
  • preventing avoidable deafness by educating the public about the value of hearing and how to protect it.

Values

In carrying out our mission we will

  • collaborate: work together;
  • be creative: explore new ideas and approaches.;
  • use evidence: base our work on the best research and the experiences of deaf people;
  • be inclusive: seek to involve all interested organisations and individuals in our work;
  • have integrity: be open and honest about our work; and
  • have respect: have due regard for the different views of individuals and organisations involved in our work.

02 DecOne step closer to a common purpose for the deaf sector

The UK Council on Deafness is one step closer to defining a common purpose for the deaf sector following a stakeholder seminar on 1 December.

Representatives from businesses, local authorities, communication and language professional associations, charities and health services met to refine the draft statement of common purpose. They also considered what the priorities for collaborative working should be.

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said: “We now have a strong consensus on the need for a statement that outlines the basis for collective work by organisations working in the field of deafness.

“There was a clear sense of ambition and purpose at the seminar. It was great to have campaigning organisations such as the British Deaf Association sitting alongside local councils and providers of technology. They all agreed we share aims and will be stronger if we work together.

“We also agreed this needs to be a common purpose for the sector, not just the UK Council on Deafness. We hope it will attract a significant number of signatories.”

The draft statement of common purpose considered at the meeting was the result of a recent survey and ongoing conversation with key sector stakeholders. You can download the report of the survey [Word].

Following the meeting, the statement will be developed and refined before being circulated for further comment. The final statement will be presented to the sector in February 2015

29 AugA common purpose for the deaf sector

We are asking for help to find a common purpose for individuals and organisations concerned with deafness and deafblindness.

We have designed a short survey that anyone working in the sector can respond to.

The initiative came about after Council members said a statement summing up what they are all working towards would be useful.

Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said: “In recent years our members and others working in the field of deafness and deafblindness have achieved a lot through cooperation. The recent DWP review of Access to Work is a good example, as is the support for Sir Malcolm Bruce’s proposed Communication Support (Deafness) Bill last year.

“So we’re starting from a strong position. There’s a lot we agree on. But the statement of common purpose will make that partnership even more effective. It will help us achieve the outcomes we want and deaf and deafblind people expect.”

The focus of the statement will be a clear vision and set of values. But it will also include a framework for working towards results, priorities for action and recommendations for working together.

The survey is open until Friday 12 September. There will then be some stakeholder events in November and December.

The statement will be promoted from early 2015. We hope it will provide a focus for individuals and organisations in the run up to the general election.

The common purpose initiative is overseen by a task force chaired by Michael Bishop, a UK Council on Deafness trustee. Its members are Brian Archbold, UK Council on Deafness trustee and former chief executive of The Ear Foundation; Carol Cole, Action on Hearing Loss trustee; Chris Cartwright, Key Projects Manager at Phonak UK; Craig Crowley, chief executive of Action Deafness; Gwen Carr, National Programme Lead for the NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme; Jane Cordell, small business owner and trustee of Disability Rights UK and Manchester Deaf Centre; and Jeff Skipp, chief executive of Deafblind UK.

It is advised by David Buxton, chief executive of the British Deaf Association; Steve Powell, chief executive of SignHealth; and Brian Lamb OBE, chair of the Alliance on Hearing Loss and Deafness and Achievement for All. And supported by Mike Elliott, previously chief executive and now trustee of the Clare Foundation; Jim Edwards, chair of the UK Council on Deafness and chief executive of Signature; and Dan Sumners, Senior Policy Adviser at Signature.

If you have any questions you can contact Dan Sumners via dan.sumners@signature.org.uk.