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“We all know Deaf plumbers are better than the hearing ones!” Meet Anthony Smare, Deaf plumber

August 6, 2014

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How did you become a plumber? I was working at the time for my father renovating properties and my brother in law who is an electrician mentioned I should look into plumbing as he felt that it was a good trade to go into. I felt unblocking someone’s filthy toilets would be a problem, especially […]

Darren Townsend-Handscomb: What’s happened to the Access to Work submissions, and advice on giving evidence in BSL

July 4, 2014

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In this article, I’ve written more information about what’s happened to people’s submissions, and I’ve written some important things to think about if you are still planning to send in evidence in English (18th July) or BSL (1st August). The Select Committee has received around 300 submissions.  We should feel really proud of this.  It’s […]

Deaf News: Access to Work inquiry evidence made available online

July 3, 2014

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The Work and Pensions Committee recently announced an inquiry into the Access to Work scheme, asking Deaf and disabled people to give evidence by 20th June about their experiences of receiving employment support. The inquiry is particularly interested in the application and assessment processes, whether the ongoing support is adequate and whether ATW is helping them […]

Emily Howlett: 10 dangerous jobs for deaf people!

June 23, 2014

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1. Coastguard These guys are an amazing bunch of volunteers who can drop everything at the ding of a bell and rush out to sea, saving lives and being generally heroic. Deaf people can be heroic. However, they can’t rush off, leaving their sign language conversation behind. It’s just impossible. “I’ve got to go! Someone’s […]

Darren Townsend-Handscomb: How you can give evidence to the Access to Work inquiry (by THIS Friday!)

June 18, 2014

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Deaf people up and down the country have been having lots of problems with Access to Work – the government scheme that gives Deaf and disabled people support in accessing the workplace. There is now an inquiry into ATW, which needs your input. The website DeafATW.com, which I run, now has a page about the inquiry, aiming to support […]

Deaf News: Deaf charities call on government to halt Access to Work changes that are pushing deaf people out of work

November 26, 2013

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Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) and other leading deaf organisations including the British Deaf Association (BDA) are urgently calling on the government to reassess cost-cutting policy changes to their Access to Work scheme, which they say are creating barriers to employing deaf people and preventing them from playing a full role in the workplace […]

Sign: Petition to stop changes to Access to Work provision for deaf people

November 12, 2013

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A new petition asking people to help stop changes to Access to Work has attracted nearly 1,500 signatures within 48 hours. The petition, which is directed at Sir Malcolm Bruce and Iain Duncan Smith, says that “Deaf and hard of hearing people are being restricted to unrealistic salaried budgets that do not meet their support […]