Deaf News: Deaf people in Camden say they are “frightened” and “stressed out” by closure of disability service

Posted on July 16, 2014



The Ham and High has reported on how the closure of Camden’s DISC disability support service has left Deaf people in the area unable to access council services.

DISC, which stands for Disability in Camden, closed earlier this year after 40 years of supporting local residents.

Extract:

The fallout following the closure of a disability charity in Camden has left the deaf community “devastated”, “frightened” and “utterly stressed out”, campaigners warned councillors last week.

Deaf people in the borough say the loss of sign language interpreters has meant they have been unable to access council services, make urgent repairs to their council homes or even get basic advice.

It follows the closure of Disability in Camden (DISC) in March.

The charity had been a lifeline for many of Camden’s disabled residents for over 40 years and offered the deaf community services like interpreters and employment training.

It has been left to informal organisations like the Deaf and Disability Awareness Group (DDAG) to pick up the pieces, with them claiming that the ordeal had put the community “back in time”,

The group issued a stark warning to councillors during the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee that the council “needed to do more to help”.

Read more here: http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/frightened_and_stressed_out_deaf_community_plea_for_help_from_camden_council_1_3685524

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