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24 JanPRESS RELEASE

Friday, 24 January 2020

Alliance of deaf charities condemns treatment of deaf inmates in prison

The coalition of deaf charities, the UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) is seeking urgent action by prison service to improve their treatment of deaf inmates following a shocking new report.

In an article report on deaths in custody by the charity Inquest[1], The Guardian highlighted a story about deaf inmate Tyrone Givans, who took his own life after staff at Pentonville deprived him of access to his hearing aids.

Commenting on the report Craig Crowley, Chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said:

“It’s bad enough that the deaf community has to face daily barriers and isolation because of the low levels of deaf awareness across society and the lack of appropriate services which meet the tailored needs of deaf people. But for ignorant service providers to deprive us of our dignity through inhumane treatment is more than any community should ever have to endure.

“Cases like Tyrone’s underline the urgency of the work that the UK Council on Deafness and its members are doing. We will continue to challenge Government, public services, businesses and individuals members of society to understand and respect the lives of the deaf people in order to create a more inclusive society for our community”.

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[1] https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/22/prison-death-tyrone-givans-deaf-hmp-pentonville

[2] Death in Prison: A national Scandal, https://www.inquest.org.uk/prison-report-2020

 

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29 NovUCL’s Summer School for deaf & hard of hearing (year 11 & 12) students

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Background

Deaf students are hugely under-presented in Higher Education (HE), ‘Discover UCL Summer School for D/deaf and hard of hearing (year 11 and 12) students’, a residential event, unique to UCL, aims to redress balance by equipping deaf students for university life. Approximately 15 students have attended each year, 62 in total since 2014.

The ‘Discover UCL…’ team deliver a programme to support deaf students’ preparation for university, developing confidence and skills to flourish in HE. This unique event has deafness at its core, every aspect is designed to benefit deaf students. It is also a commitment in UCL’s Access and Participation Plan (APP).

Note: APPs are contracts with the Office for Students, that outline how an institution will increase admission and retention of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Programme

The summer school  is innovative and creative, drawing together groups of (internal/external) people who would never ordinarily work together, or previously encountered deaf people.

The programme (https://youtu.be/ruifNflabkk) includes practical information (e.g. UCAS statements), object-based learning sessions using UCL’s museum collections and PhD student talks on varied subjects. Deaf role model and current/former UCL deaf student talks convey career choices and barriers through personal stories to help students plan for university and careers. Disability services support sessions to provide practical guidance, explain access rights under the Equality Act 2010, and reassure students that UCL (and other universities) can support their access needs, and are legally obliged to do so. Academic ‘taster’ sessions are tailored to the interests of the cohort. To instil confidence and self-advocacy skills, students win prizes for requesting adjustments like asking interpreters to rephrase, reminding a speaker to use a radio aid transmitter. Read more of this article

20 NovUKCoD Health & Social Care Conference

Colleagues from across the health and social sector came together with UKCoD member organisations last week for our annual UKCoD conference. This year the theme was “Creating a Dialogue: Person-centred Practice with D/deaf people in Health and Social Care” and BT once again hosted our conference, this time at BT Centre near St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The conference began with a session focused on Talking to Government. Craig Crowley, Chair of UKCoD, led this session which included a presentation from Susan Daniels OBE, CEO National Deaf Children’s Society who spoke about the progress that’s been made and what it still to do. Dr Jagjit Sethi, Specialist Advisor to the Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England, also gave a presentation outlining her role and the ways in which the NHS is beginning to change, particularly in preparing to deliver their new Long Term Plan.
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21 AugUKCoD Annual Conference

Monday, 11th November
at BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ

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Creating a Dialogue: Person-centred practice with d/Deaf people in health & social care

This year’s UKCoD conference, hosted by BT, will bring together experts from across the health and social care sector to discuss what best practice looks like when working with people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss.

The conference will include conversations between public sector bodies, regulators, providers, commissioners and UKCoD member organisations on the latest innovations in quality and co-production. Whether working with older people in social care settings and learning how best to include those with hearing loss, or ensuring access to health pathways for profoundly deaf people who use sign language, the conference will provide an interactive environment in which to share best practice and learn about what’s going on in the sector.

Full of tips and tricks to improve your own practice or provision, this is the ideal event for anyone working in health and social care, as well as staff or volunteers at UKCoD member organisations. UKCoD will also confirm its new strategy for the future as well as plans for Deaf Awareness Week 2020.

Tickets are limited so book now to take advantage of early bird pricing!

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Exhibiting Space is available – please contact Clare Long at c.long@deafcouncil.org.uk for details

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07 JunVideo Relay Service – VRS For All & 24/7 – Scotland

 

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A great step forward for the the Deaf BSL Community in Scotland as on the 1st of June Contact Scotland BSL & Scottish Government/Health announced they are now VRS for all & 24/7!

Deaf / deafblind British Sign Language users and hearing people can now call each other instantly via an online BSL interpreter.

Quote form Clare Haughey MSP

 “…Now the service is being enhanced so that, for the first time, users will be able to contact anyone they wish and at any time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    I’m delighted to be able to support this innovation to help the users of the service to live as independently as possible.”

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