Open Meeting 28 January 2020 – Hearing and Sight Impairments

Our Open Meeting on January 28th 2020 is themed around supporting people with hearing and sight impairments. We have a number of guest speakers who will make short presentations and who will also be available after the meeting, for anyone who wants to chat to them.

The Main Presenters

Halifax Society For The Blind: one of Calderdale’s largest and most proactive disability groups, Halifax Society For The Blind will be joining us to talk about their new HQ and to show us some of the products they recommend to help visually impaired people in their daily lives. They will be speaking about the range of social activities and groups that they co-ordinate.

Calderdale Council’s Sensory Team: Michelle Gerrard and Sue Straw, Service Coordinators for Calderdale Council’s Sensory Team. Michelle (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Co-ordinator) and Sue (Visually Impaired Co-Ordinator) will be speaking about the service offered by the council’s Sensory Team and about groups that offer support for people with sensory impairments in Calderdale. They will also speak about “Access to Work” a government programme aimed at supporting disabled people to take up or remain in work.

Guide Dogs – also available for a chat after the meeting will be a Guide Dog user who will be able to advise on the ownership of a dog.

Disability Partnership Calderdale – our own trustees and workers will also be at the meeting and are always available for a chat. We will also be asking for your help in our ongoing consultation with the disabled people of Calderdale into the issues that most concern them in their day-to-day lives. This helps us to focus our activities on the most pressing needs amongst the disabled community.

More About The Meeting

Where: The Kings Centre, 3 Park Rd, Halifax HX1 2TS

When: Tuesday 28 January 2020. Doors open at 5pm and the meeting should finish by 7.30pm

Accessibility: The meeting venue is on the ground floor and is accessible via gentle ramps from the pavement outside. It includes accessible toilets. The meeting will include two screens on which the text of all presentations etc are transcribed live by a palantypist (speech to text reporter). There will also be a BSL translator available throughout, translating all presentations and helping people with hearing impairments to fully contribute to the meeting.

Cost: The meeting is FREE to attend for everyone and there is no need to pre-book a place. Simply turn up on the day!

Travel Expenses: All disabled people attending the meeting can obtain full travel expenses – simply bring your tickets/receipts to the meeting and present them at the door when you sign in.

Food & Drink: A free buffet is available at all our meetings, with clearly labelled options for people with food intolerances. There’s also a limitless supply of tea, coffee and water. The buffet will be available throughout the evening. The meeting usually includes a mid-session break after approximately one hour.

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