Browsing All Posts published on »June, 2014«

Charlie Swinbourne: Music venues should follow Glastonbury and give Deaf people better access to concerts

June 30, 2014

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By all accounts, this year’s Glastonbury festival went down a muddy storm, and even better, the festival has also been honoured for the way it allowed Deaf and disabled people to access the festival. BBC News has reported this morning that the festival is the first ever to be awarded ‘gold’ status by the charity Attitude […]

Access to Work inquiry sees sense and allows evidence in BSL

June 30, 2014

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Deaf people’s hopes of a positive outcome from the Work and Pensions committee’s inquiry into Access to Work have received a significant boost with the news that the inquiry will now accept evidence in British Sign Language. Deaf people who use BSL as their first language and rely on BSL interpreters at work have previously […]

Fraser Gunn: What it was like to be a batonbearer for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games!

June 27, 2014

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Back in March, I received an email from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ organisers telling me that I had been chosen to be a batonbearer. I was delighted, as – although I knew I had been nominated by the National Deaf Children Society (NDCS) – it was still a big surprise when the email came […]

Tamsin Coates: What the government’s Special Educational Needs changes mean for parents of deaf children

June 26, 2014

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The government has put in place some new ‘reforms’ – changes to current practice, which are directly within the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) area. These will potentially affect families with deaf children so I thought I would put together a little piece to highlight a few of the key changes and what families […]

Deaf News: Shocking 73-week wait for hearing aid reassessment in Wales is revealed

June 26, 2014

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Patients with hearing loss in one area of Wales are being forced to wait up to 73 weeks, or 17 months, to get reassessed for hearing aids, Wales Online reports. Figures obtained from Cym Taf Health Board by the local Liberal Democrat Group show the shocking delay patients face to obtain hearing aids if they […]

The Question: If Scotland votes for independence, what happens to British Sign Language? (with BSL translation)

June 25, 2014

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On 18th September this year, Scottish people will vote on whether they want to remain part of Britain, or whether to become independent. Both sides have been battling hard to persuade people to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’, with the debate so far focusing on issues such as the economy, membership of Europe, and whether Scotland […]

Deaf News: Ofcom launch official enquiry into BT over Text Relay delay

June 25, 2014

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Communications regulator Ofcom have launched an official enquiry into BT over their delay in providing a replacement telephone service for deaf people and people with a speech impairment. A new service was due to be launched on April 18th but was delayed when testing showed problems in the way the new service, knows as Next […]