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Deaf News: Deaf man jailed for six weeks with no access to interpreter

March 20, 2015


It has been reported that a Deaf immigrant in America was jailed for six weeks with no access to an interpreter. Extract: He knew he was in jail, but he didn’t know why. Eventually, Abreham Zemedagegehu learned that he’d been accused of stealing an iPad — an iPad whose owner later found it. He spent […]

Glyn Robbins: Sign my petition to help prevent two profoundly deaf children from being deported by the Home Office

March 19, 2015


I am writing this article about a Tower Hamlets family who recently became the foster family to two profoundly deaf children, a brother and sister called Anisa (14) and Samian (12), from Bangladesh. Nasir and Ashfa, the foster parents, have lived in Tower Hamlets for over 20 years. In January 2013 they were visited by […]

Deaf News: 12 deaf young people win places in national arts competition

March 18, 2015


Twelve deaf children and young people will feature in a film which aims to increase participation in the arts, after winning a national competition. ‘Raising the Bar’ was developed by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) to drive expectations of what the 45,000 deaf children and young people in the UK can achieve. Defmotion’, the […]

Deaf News: Ofcom fine BT £800,000 for missing deadline for providing text relay service

March 17, 2015


Ofcom has today fined BT £800,000 for failing to provide an improved text-to-voice service between April and September last year. The service, called ‘Next Generation Text Service’, helps users have more natural conversations using speech as well as text, and is accessible on devices such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. In October 2012, Ofcom told […]

Deaf News: DWP’s new Access to Work cap criticised for being a “cap on the aspirations of deaf young people”

March 12, 2015


The Government has been criticised for setting a cap on the amount of Access to Work support people with disabilities can receive. The new cap, announced yesterday, is likely to have a disproportionate effect on deaf people who require communication support. The announcement stated: As of October 2015, Access to Work will provide awards up […]

Deaf News: Victory for deaf student backed by NDCS as government retreats on cuts to Disabled Students’ Allowance

March 12, 2015


Deaf student Zanna Messenger-Jones has forced the Government to back down on proposed restrictions to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). With the support of the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), Zanna, from Ireleth, Cumbria, brought judicial review proceedings against the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) for its failure to consult properly on changes […]

Deaf News: Accessible Deaf ‘Question time’ video available from tomorrow

March 12, 2015


On Monday last week (2 March) leading disability spokespeople from the UK’s three main political parties fielded questions from a 200-strong audience at the first ever General Election debate on hearing loss and deaf issues. The Westminster event, staffed with sign language interpreters, lip speakers and speech-to-text reporters, was organised by charity Action on Hearing […]