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07 DecFREE NADP webinar

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In the upcoming FREE NADP webinar, speakers will take on a tough topic of hearing loss in the workplace. Aimed at both employees and employers, HR teams and recruiters. You will gain crucial insight thanks to shared stories, guidance and useful tips!

Often people with invisible disabilities will not disclose it for the fear of ridicule, disbelief or immediate stereotyping, this is also true for people who experience a hearing loss.

Real life stories, Talent first – not the disability, Breaking the Ableism Cycle,  Good practice in EDI and HR policy development, your rights, accessibility and more…

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtd-muqjsjHdVuQDVj6Fc7-yOgiGNuJ5D4

Real time captioning will be provided

 

 

30 OctBSL SIG Act

David Buxton, Chair of the UKCoD’s Special Interest Group called the ‘BSL Act SIG’, shares information about this group and key points about the work they have been doing so far towards a new BSL Act.

Watch David’s signing this information in the video below or scroll down to read in English:

BSL Act SIG is a voluntary group consisting of UKCoD members: British Deaf Association (BDA), DCAL, Deaf Ex-mainstreamers (DEX), Heriot Watt University and National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). David Buxton was appointed as Chair. David is currently CEO of Action on Disability (AoD) and also Hon. Treasurer of the BDA.

  • The purpose of UKCoD’s BSL Act SIG is primarily concerned with getting a BSL Bill through Parliament with support from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (APPGD), which is currently chaired by the Rt. Hon Lilian Greenwood, MP.
  • David presented a draft BSL Bill to the APPGD in August 2020. MPs and Peers were there to listen and ask questions regarding how we would plan a BSL Bill campaign. They agreed in principle to support a BSL Bill. David, with Craig Crowley, Chair of UKCoD, will be meeting the Rt. Hon Lilian Greenwood MP to discuss the next steps.
  • Representatives of the BSL Act SIG met the Clerk of the Private Members Bill Unit at the House of Commons earlier this month to discuss the draft BSL Bill which will be slightly amended in order to meet the desired parliamentary language style and structure.
  • Once a BSL Bill and BSL Act Campaign plan is approved by BSL Act SIG, then we will consult with the Deaf Community and BSL supporting organisations to gather their thoughts and views in order to build up a strong network in support of the BSL Act campaign work.
  • The BSL Act SIG will launch a formal BSL Bill and mobilise local BSL supporting campaigners to meet their local MPs (only backbenchers not Ministers, etc.,), to persuade them to agree to support a BSL Bill if their names are drawn out of the Private Members Bill ballot around May 2021. We have to ensure that one of the first five MPs drawn out of the PMB ballot is willing to introduce a BSL Bill – preferably the first one drawn.

20 AugDWP enters legal agreement to improve services for deaf customers

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has entered a legally binding agreement with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to improve support for deaf customers accessing its services by telephone.

Two advisers raised a complaint with the EHRC on behalf of four hearing-impaired people who needed to use the telephone service with a British Sign Language interpreter to help them decide whether or not to apply for a home loan.

All four disabled people faced difficulties in dealing with staff from DWP and Serco who didn’t know how to arrange the interpreting service. One out of the four managed to book an interpreter, but only after three months of difficulty.

In its agreement with the EHRC, the DWP has committed to an action plan to address the problems these complaints identified.

The action plan commits DWP to:

  • Provide a Video Relay Service (VRS) across telephony services for all benefits and services. VRS enables deaf users to contact DWP via video relay using an interpreter;
  • Ensure customers can easily locate what they need in order to request information in alternative accessible formats;
  • Improve their customer information system so disabled people’s communication needs are recorded and shared;
  • Improve the use of Equality Analysis in the design and delivery of all changes.

The EHRC will monitor DWP’s action plan on a monthly basis to ensure the agreed steps have been completed.

Full story here.

17 AugCalling all who have used Relay UK in the last year

Watermelon Research are looking for participants in a survey about the Relay UK service, which you might also have known as NGT or Text Relay.

The survey is being conducted on behalf of BT, to understand what you think of the service. Previously this survey has helped us make significant improvements to Relay UK, including the launch of a new and easier to use mobile app.

To say thank you for taking part, on completion of the main survey Watermelon will send you a £10 Amazon voucher. More information about how to qualify for the voucher can be found here.

If you’d like to sign up to take part please click here: https://watermelonsurveys.com/wix/p802284325100.aspx

 

30 JulContact PDSA with SignLive

Great news! You can use the SignLive app to contact PDSA, the UK’s leading veterinary charity.

PDSA operate a network of 48 Pet Hospitals throughout the UK, all of which can be contacted directly from the SignLive Community Directory.

British Sign Language (BSL) users who call will be connected to a qualified BSL interpreter who will relay your call.

PDSA clients can download the app and call to arrange an appointment. If you are not currently a PDSA client, and are looking for help with vet bills, please visit www.pdsa.org.uk/eligibility to see if you meet the criteria to get assistance from the charity. Alternatively, download the SignLive app and call to speak to the Client Care Team for advice.

 

BSL Service for contacting vet charity PDSA from SignLive on Vimeo.