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03 MayThanks to our Sponsors for #DAWrolemodels2019

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Monday – Education/Employment

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Hearing Aid Repair Shop (HARS)

At the Hearing Aid Repair Shop (HARS) we pride ourselves on repairing any make and model of hearing aid.

We’re a joint venture company, which is owned by Mary Hare School for deaf children and a large multi-national hearing aid company. We started out in 2002 and we’ve been providing a fast and efficient repairs service to our customers ever since. 50% of our profits go to Mary Hare School, so by having your hearing aid repaired with us you’re actively supporting the education of deaf children and young people from across the UK.

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BIVR

“How do you do that?” “How do you write those words so fast?” “But there’s no letters on the keyboard AND you’re not even looking at it?”

With the advent of machine shorthand for verbatim reporting, these are just some of the questions our members have been asked. Back in 1853 when the Institute was established, querying minds would have been more likely to ask stenographers about the light and dark squiggles above, on or below the line, which was representative of Pitman shorthand, and other versions of its ilk.

BIVR exists to provide verbatim stenographers with ongoing training, guidance and continuing professional development, whilst at the same time promoting members’ services and protecting their interests. Known as shorthand writers, stenographers, palantypists (particularly in the STTR field), shorthand typists, court reporters, captioners, speech-to-text reporters, our members cover assignments in a wide range of forums, from producing a verbatim transcript in a legal proceeding to providing communication support for the D/deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

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DeafReach
Our mission is to support schools and vocational training centres for disabled children and youth in sub-Saharan Africa.

At present, our particular interest is to support the education and vocational training facilities for deaf pupils in Eastern Rwanda, and also pre-school work in Kampala, Uganda. We are a small charity, and all of our Trustees are volunteers.

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Mary Hare
Mary Hare is a national school for the deaf in Newbury, Berkshire and is the largest school of its kind in the UK.  The school moved to Newbury in 1949 and was officially opened by Princess Margaret in 1950.

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Signature

Signature is the leading awarding body for deaf communication qualifications in the UK.

We’re dedicated to improving communication between deaf, deafblind and hearing people, and creating better communities in the process. Since we began our work to promote and teach British Sign Language in 1982, we’ve supported more than 400,000 people to learn British Sign Language (BSL).

Alongside our qualifications, we’re also helping employers and schoolchildren learn more about BSL and deaf awareness so that everyone has the opportunity to become a better communicator at every stage of life.

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DeafUmbrella

DeafUmbrella provide BSL Professionals & Communication services between Deaf & hearing people in London and Kent area.

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AVSTTR

Speech-to-Text Reporters (STTRs) provide professional communication support for deaf and hard of hearing people. AVSTTR, the Association of Speech-to-Text Reporters, was created to offer support and guidance to our professional members, to share learning through the exchange of ideas and experiences and to promote training. We aim to raise public awareness of our profession and to promote equal access to communication in English for deaf and hard of hearing people.

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Terra Consultancy is a service provider for the Disabled community. Our work embraces the ethos of social enterprise and addresses all aspects of need for Disabled people from all backgrounds across the UK. We provide: specialist services for Disabled students, British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation, multicultural interpreting including International (ISL) and American Sign Languages (ASL), training, employment advice and advocacy as well as business consultancy. We also offer interpreting and translation services for many spoken languages. We promote awareness raising, access to information and inclusion through event management opportunities nationwide. Examples include Planet DeaFantastic EXPO and the Deaf Christmas Business Show.

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Tuesday – Health

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Hearing Advisory Service is an independent registered charity (RCN 1063430) offering over 30 years experience of providing practical help and advice to people affected by hearing loss.  We work in partnership with NHS Audiology Departments and the Hearing Help charities in the Eastern Region, and offer ‘Hearing Aider’ training for front-line care home staff.

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InterpreterNow 

InterpreterNow’s Video Relay Service means deaf BSL users can contact NHS111 when they need health advice fast.

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SignHealth

SignHealth is a charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Deaf people by making sure Deaf people get the same healthcare access and health information as hearing people. SignHealth campaigns to remove the barriers to health that Deaf people face as Deaf people in general have poorer health, simply because access to medical services and information is not routinely provided in sign language. SignHealth is committed to delivering a personalised service for each individual and provides services to Deaf people in three core areas:

SignHealth work is varied and aims to give Deaf people easier access to health, social care, and information as well as providing services which are not provided elsewhere. SignHealth supports Deaf people to live independently and to access information to make their own choices, but we know Deaf people still have poorer health than hearing people and we think it’s time for that to change.

Social Care: https://www.signhealth.org.uk/our-projects/homes/
Psychological Therapy: https://www.signhealth.org.uk/our-projects/psychological-therapies-service/
Domestic Abuse: https://www.signhealth.org.uk/our-projects/deafhope-projects/

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UCL DCAL

UCL Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre (www.dcal.ucl.ac.uk ) has developed a suite of online, short Deaf Awareness courses specially designed for Health Professionals (audiologists, doctors, nurses, professions associated with health and administrative staff). These courses will enable a better understanding of the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing (HoH) patients and provide practical strategies to employ in your workplace to improve service provision. You will learn through watching videos of patients’ real life experiences and the perspectives of healthcare professionals.

Deaf Awareness: Online Courses for Health Professionals

Why this course?

Learn to:

  • employ appropriate behaviours and language when interacting with deaf and hard of
    hearing (HoH) patients.
  • distinguish between communication preferences and adapt your communication to the
    patient’s needs.
  • recognise legal requirements (Equality Act, 2010 and Accessible Information Standard, 2016) to provide reasonable adjustments related to disability.
  • identify commonly used assistive technologies and apply them to the needs of the patient.

AND Learn at your own pace.

Discounted rates available through particular professional bodies.

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Action Deafness is a thriving and Deaf-led national organisation that provide bespoke, specialist and contracted services in BSL and video Interpreting, Community, Care and Support Assistance, Children, Young People and Families, as well as YOUchoose partnership and other joint ventures.

Action Deafness has offices in Leicester, Loughborough, Derby, Birmingham and Brighton.

Our strapline: Deaf-led, ‘You Choose Action – We Deliver’

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Wednesday – Sport

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UK Deaf Sport  aims to enable Deaf people to reach their full potential in sport. We work to increase opportunities by working in partnerships with key organisations to create a sporting future that is DEAFinitely Inclusive from grassroots through to Elite level Sport.

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Thursday – Entertainment

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Friday – Family/Youth

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DSN 

At DSN, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved on behalf of our service users throughout Cheshire since we were formed in 1976. We’re proud of our team, our volunteers and other supporters, the local authorities we work with and the organisations we work alongside.

DSN is the service provider organisation for D/deaf* people in the county of Cheshire and the surrounding areas. These services are delivered under contract for Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Wrexham and Flintshire Councils.

The local societies (Deaf Clubs) located in the same premises in Chester, Warrington and Vale Royal are independent of DSN and are actively involved in shaping how we deliver services. Each society serves a distinct local community but is strengthened by its partnership with DSN, which is able to innovate and develop, whilst acting as a guide and support for the local organisations.

Services delivered include Social Care, Supported Living, Training, Day Services & BSL Communications, alongside a vast array of other projects delivered within the community.

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DeafDirect
Deaf Direct is a Deaf-led local charitable organisation that provide information and guidance. In addition to this communication services, outreach services, youth and family services. As well as YOUchoose partnership for deaf and hard of hearing people, family members, carers, professionals and other organisations in Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and surrounding areas.

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Saturday – Technology

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SignVideo are a Video Relay Services and Video Remote Interpreting provider in the UK. We provide British Sign Language (BSL) video interpreting services to enable communication between the community of over 150,000 deaf BSL users in the UK and hearing people. Our relay service allows users to make and receive BSL interpreted video calls so that they can effectively and effortlessly communicate with each other. This happens through a professional video interpreter who relays the call between BSL and English.  This service is available instantly on tablets, smartphones, computers and laptops via apps and software. We are also a Video Remote Interpreting provider, offering BSL video interpretation on site, when two people are co-located.

Our BSL video interpretation solution demolishes existing barriers facing service providers, businesses, work colleagues and family wanting to hold conversations with deaf BSL-using people.  In addition, our service has reduced the previous waiting time of three to six weeks for a BSL interpreter to be available, down to an average of thirty seconds or less.

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Sunday – Politics

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Thank you for taking part in Deaf Awareness Week!

 

 

12 DecTechnology and the Workplace

UKCoD Conference

This year’s conference was themed ‘Technology and the Workplace – fact vs fiction’ and was very kindly hosted by BT at their iconic building, BT Tower for which we are extremely grateful.

 

The conference was well supported with our thanks to sponsors InterpreterNow, SignLive and RedBee Media together with exhibitors ATLA, SignVideo, Terra Consultancy, BIVR & AVSTTR and The Association of Lipspeakers.

With excellent speakers within programme, many from far afield, it gave the audience the opportunity to listen to interesting topics and gather information and the opportunity to ask questions during the panel sessions.

Our Chair, Craig Crowley MBE, summarised the day saying that we faced a ‘brave new world’, with speakers talking of the future and technology, its impacts and how artificial intelligence may will embed itself as part of our being.

The day set off to a brilliant start.  We learn’t of the importance of DAC, ensuring that the quality of standards are in place, a summary of AI and the use of AI to deaf people giving the pro’s and con’s and in hearing technology.  We heard of the recent developments in STTR and how technology is improving outputs and how the National Theatre seek to make theatre accessible, with new technology being developed using smart glasses to access live subtitles at National Theatre performances, enabling them to view captions from any seat.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Chair of the APPG on Deafness stated the importance of our MPs receiving details of the ongoing issues and encouraged us all to contact our MPs and keep pressing for them to join the APPG on Deafness.

The active and positive research and future improvements involving apps, smartphones and programming hope to make the future more positive and an interesting one.

Lilian Greenwood MP spoke powerfully of the importance of our continuing to campaign ‘to keep the foot on the lobbying pedal’ and chaired the first panel session which provided interesting discussions to take place.

The afternoon focused on the ‘Work place’.   Our Employment Group Chair, Darren Townsend-Handscomb set the afternoon scene, updating the audience on the group’s activities and areas around Access to Work.  We heard about the impacts and limitations with views from all sides from equality through to an independent assessors point of view.  We were updated on the types of support for employees and the possible changes within the workplace.  RedBee Media gave examples of how they are utilising their current members of staff and how the disability passport can break down barriers and lastly learn’t about innovative projects for new technological opportunities.

The day concluded with another interesting panel discussion, set by the excellent speakers throughout the afternoon.

Angela Matthews, Head and Policy and Advice, Business Disability Forum said ‘the range of speakers was excellent – to have Government, Third Sector, Audiologists, Academics, Committee Members and Assessors all on the platform is rarely done enough in our sector and made the debates all the more stronger and informed’.

Summary: Keep progressing, researching, raising awareness, developing & improving improving and achieving!

Thank you to all who were involved.

17 OctTechnology and the Workplace – fact vs fiction

All day conference on 20th November at BT Tower, London.

EARLY BIRD RATES finish this Friday!

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02 OctUKCoD Annual Conference

At BT Tower, London on 20th November

Early Bird Rate available now!

 

23 MayNADP Annual Conference

NADP Conference
‘Working Better with your Hearing’
Saturday 16th June 2018
9am – 5pm at the NCVO

Please see our poster promoting one of our member organisations forthcoming conferences which is likely to be of interest to your members.

Please can you support by placing this poster on your noticeboard or somewhere prominent for your colleagues and members to see.

Please feel free to share electronically.

On behalf of NADP many thanks for your support.

Conference Poster [pdf]