“We were looking at how to possibly catch you out or restrict you.” Access to Work adviser talks to BBC News

October 31, 2014

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A BBC News report, aired on Wednesday evening, has shown an anonymous Access to Work adviser talking of a “culture shift” at the scheme in 2011, saying: We were checking rather than supporting, we weren’t asking how can we help you? We were looking at how to possibly even try to catch you out or […]

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Emily Howlett: Top 10 Halloween outfits for Deafies!

October 31, 2014

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1) The Thing You know that disembodied hand from The Addams Family that crawls all over the place? Well, it can sometimes feel like that’s how the world sees us signing deafies – just strange, blurry hands waving about, not actually connected to a human being. So I say, for once, give the people what […]

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Deaf News: UK Council on Deafness welcomes commitment to improving Access to Work from Minister for Disabled People

October 30, 2014

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Here’s a press release from the UK Council on Deafness, which was released moments ago on the BDA Facebook page. In it, it is stated that the Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper has admitted that changes to the ATW scheme had been “handled badly,” while the management of the costs of the scheme had […]

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Meet: Craig Jones, who runs CJ Interpreting Service, which is Deaf-led

October 30, 2014

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One of our newest supporters is CJ Interpreting Service. Here, Craig Jones, who is also Deaf, tells us about the company and about his career. Tell us about the company. What do you provide and whereabouts are you based? The company is called CJ Interpreting Service (CJIS) which is obviously named after me being a […]

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Professor Graham Turner: 10 key issues relating to the Access to Work crisis

October 30, 2014

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While The Limping Chicken has made sure that Deaf people are appropriately stirred up about ATW, See Hear and William Mager have done the community a service by helping to drive this issue up the wider public agenda. Here are some of the key issues as I see them: 1. When did we start calling […]

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Deaf News: RAD officially launch Hate Incident Reporting Centre

October 29, 2014

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It has now become far easier for Deaf people in Essex to report hate crimes, with the news that the charity RAD has officially launched a Hate Incident Reporting Centre. The news was announced when the District Commander of Essex Police, Chief Inspector Richard Phillibrown and DC Phil Merriam – Hate Crime & Vulnerable Adults […]

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Five recent technological advances that are changing deaf people’s lives

October 29, 2014

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1. Next generation text relay Once the mainstay of communication for deaf people, Text Relay or Type Talk, as it used to be known, was being ever more replaced by email, texting, skype or video relay service. Now Text Relay is on the rise again after months of delays and years of decline with a […]

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