Hearing Impairment – News & Advice

  • Calderdale news
    Report: Halifax Bus Station accessibility workshop
    Meeting date: 30 September 2021 Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm Location: Microsoft Teams Meeting Project team attendees • Mark Auger – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Erica Ward – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Andrew Bradley – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Steve Smith – Calderdale Council …
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    Hate Crime Awareness Week: 10-17 October 2021
    To mark Hate Crime Awareness Week – 10-17 October – we have produced a series of videos that look at the issue of Hate Crime and at how to recognise it, how to report it and how the Safe Places scheme offers refuge and support for victims of Hate Crimes. Working with Lead the Way, West …
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    BSL Videos: The lived experience of disabled people during the pandemic
    The lived experience of disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic is a piece of research commissioned by the government. The full report is here, including easy read versions. Below are BSL versions: Video 1 of 2  Video 2 of 2 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
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    Exploring the everyday lives of disabled people: BSL videos
    Exploring the everyday lives of disabled people is a piece of government research carried out before and during the pandemic. You can read the full report here. BSL versions of the report have now been released and are available below: Video 1 of 2  Video 2 of 2 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike …
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    UK Disability Survey research report: BSL videos
    Below are BSL versions of a report that summarises responses to the Disability Unit’s UK Disability Survey from 15 January 2021 to 28 February 2021. The responses have been used to inform the National Disability Strategy. This survey was designed as a vehicle for disabled people, carers of disabled …
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    New Alerts Transceiver For People With Hearing Impairment
    The NEW Bellman Visit Mobile Phone Transceiver is a piece of new technology for deaf and hard of hearing people, allowing, for the very first time, Bellman Visit alerts to be received on a mobile phone, tablet and smart watch – alongside existing Visit receivers. Using the free iOS or Android …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    September 2021 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Deafblind Convention 2021 – Living better with sight and hearing loss Where else …
  • Deafblind UK Invites You To Their 2021 Convention
    You’re invited to the Deafblind Convention 2021 – Living better with sight and hearing loss 7th October, 9am – 5pm Free – click here to register today! Yes, that’s right, Deafblind UK is hosting the UK’s first virtual deafblind convention and we’d love you to join us from the …
  • Disability Horizons Newsletter
    Tell us how your work has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic With a lot of disabled people shielding and businesses struggling, work has been tricky for many during this time. To understand how it has impacted disabled people’s work, we’ve partnered with Leonard Cheshire to create a …
  • accessibility news
    Access to Work: factsheet & BSL video
    Access to Work – Overview Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support if you have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition. An Access to Work …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Deafblind Convention 2021 – Living better with sight and hearing loss This virtual event will be …
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    Deaf patients excluded in NHS rush to digital care
    In this extract from a longer piece on the BMJ website about how the NHS’s rush to use digital communications is excluding some patients, there is an examination of the particular issues this throws up for deaf patients. Even when patients do access primary care digitally, some are receiving …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disabled people’s lives ‘devastated’ by Covid – BBC Survey Thousands of D/deaf and Disabled people became more disabled during the pandemic with most losing access to vital medical appointments and necessary routines. A BBC survey of over 3,000 people found that many Disabled people experienced a …
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    BBC Research Reveals Pandemic Toll On Disabled People
    Thousands of deaf and disabled people across the UK have told the BBC of the devastating impact the pandemic has had on their lives. Most said their disability had worsened and more than 2,400 said routine, often vital, medical appointments had been cancelled. More than 3,300 people took part in …
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    Results: Calderdale/Huddersfield ‘Improving hospital services for people with sight loss’
    We, at Disability Partnership Calderdale, in conjunction with Halifax Society for the Blind, recently ran a Focus Group looking at ‘Improving hospital services for people with sight loss’. We are now ready to share the feedback we received, which has been positively and gratefully received by the …
  • accessibility news
    BSL initiative for charities and volunteers in Yorkshire
    A new initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available locally. The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with children and adults who may be hard of hearing. Radiyya Jahan, Signs4Life partnerships …
  • benefits and money news
    Disability rights UK Newsletter – 26/6/21
    We are looking for our next Chair of Trustees Since its foundation in 2012 DR UK has significantly grown in profile, influence and reputation. In 2022 we celebrate 10 years of our organisation working together with Disabled People leading change. We are looking for an individual who shares our …
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    BSL Video Guides: Coronavirus & Vaccination
    BSL video guide on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting BSL video guide to phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme BSL video guide on COVID-19 for women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding BSL video guide on what to expect after the COVID-19 vaccination BSL video guide of the …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    We are looking for our next Chair of Trustees Since its foundation in 2012 DR UK has significantly grown in profile, influence and reputation. In 2022 we celebrate 10 years of our organisation working together with Disabled People leading change. We are looking for an individual who shares our …
  • Deafblind Awareness Week 27 June – 3 July
    Deafblind Awareness Week takes place from 27th June to 3rd July and DeafBlind UK are asking everyone to tell one person about deafblindness! “You don’t look blind” During Deafblind Awareness Week, Deafblind UK will be sharing a series of videos called ” My …
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    BSL Video Guide To Using NHS 111 Service
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIOs94YcWHI&t=17s Information in British Sign Language (BSL) about how to contact NHS 111. When you think you need A&E, just contact NHS 111 by phone or online. The NHS will help you right away and if you need urgent care, the NHS can book you in to be seen …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    We are looking for our next Chair of Trustees Since its foundation in 2012 DR UK has significantly grown in profile, influence and reputation. In 2022 we celebrate 10 years of our organisation working together with Disabled People leading change. We are looking for an individual who shares our …
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    Free Deaf Youth Hub Day Out !
    Deaf or hard of hearing? Aged 11-17? Live in or close to Calderdale? Come and join the Calderdale Deaf Youth Hub for a free and fun-filled day at Another World Adventure Centre. When? 27 June 11am – 1.30pm Where: Moss Farm Ogden What: Grass sledging, dirt scooters, safe archery, woodland archery …
  • BBC and UK arts councils celebrate the work of disabled artists
    Twelve deaf, neurodivergent and disabled artists based across the UK have been commissioned to produce new film and audio works for BBC platforms this summer, which is part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative. In addition, from the 14th to 18th June 2021, BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting …
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    Domestic abuse: how to get help
    Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse in this detailed guidance from the Government. If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you can’t speak and are calling on a mobile press 55 to have your call transferred to the police. Find …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    The Disability Rights Handbook is now online We are delighted to announce the launch of a new digital version of the Disability Rights Handbook 46th Edition 2021-2022. Created to support remote working, this enhanced version of our flagship publication is an essential resource for all professional …
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    Activity Alliance Disability Sport Newsletter
    This is the latest newsletter of the Activity Alliance, who work for equality in sport for people with disabilities. Activity Alliance News Welcome to May’s newsletter. This edition features our new strategy, Achieving Fairness, and the new campaign, Football Your Way.   New strategy …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    We are delighted to announce the launch of a new digital version of the Disability Rights Handbook 46th Edition 2021-2022. Created to support remote working, this enhanced version of our flagship publication is an essential resource for all professional advisers. Our online service sits on the …
  • coronavirus news
    BSL video guide on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting
    This new BSL provides information on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting. This video is available to download. The COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
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    BSL video guide: phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme
    Here’s the latest BSL video on the Coronavirus vaccine – the information it includes is on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The COVID-19 vaccination: a guide to phase 2 of the programme leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are available to order. Share …
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 7 May
    Met Police officer fired after assaulting black child with learning disabilities A 17 year-old who was an inpatient at a mental health unit was repeatedly struck by a Metropolitan (Met) police officer and had CS spray used on her after she became distressed after becoming separated from an escorted …
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    Northern Powergrid Priority Services Membership
    Northern Powergrid are the people who manage the electricity network that powers everyday life for more than 8 million people across 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. They make sure the electricity you buy from your chosen energy supplier gets …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Government refuses to start public inquiry into Covid as PM accused of saying let the “bodies pile high” The government has told the families of those who have suffered bereavement through Covid that “an inquiry now is not appropriate”. A letter sent from the government to lawyers acting for the …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 23-April
    News Round-up Grenfell Tower fire is ‘a landmark act of discrimination against disabled and vulnerable people’ Lawyers involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry into the 2017 fire which killed 72 people have described it “as a landmark act of discrimination against disabled and vulnerable people”. The …
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    National Deaf Children’s Society Campaigning to “Keep it clear”
    Here’s the latest blog from the National Deaf Children’s Society, which looks at their “Keep it clear” campaign, which aims to make sure deaf children aren’t disadvantaged by the use of face coverings in classrooms. Keep it clear campaign update (England) Published Date: 07 …
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    COVID-19: shielding guidance round-up
    Here’s the Government’s complete range of information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. Although shielding officially ceased at the beginning of April 2021, this information is in many ways still relevant and it’s …
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    Report, Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services
    The Women and Equalities Committee published its Report Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services: full Report (HC 1050), on 22 December 2020. The Women and Equalities Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the …
  • Calderdale news
    Calderdale Deaf Youth Hub Re-Starts
    We’ve heard from Deaf Ex Mainstreamers (DEX) that they are starting their Calderdale Deaf Youth Hub again on Monday 26th April. The key details are below: Remember, their YouTube channel is great for BSL versions of latest Covid-19 guidelines? …
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    Access To Work Factsheet
    This is the Government’s latest information on the Access to Work scheme, which aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. Changes to Access to Work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Read about changes to Access to Work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disability Rights UK’s Newsletter – 26 March 2021 Government continues to fail Disabled election candidates Questions have been asked this week in the House of Lords about why there isn’t a Government fund to support the reasonable adjustments of Disabled election candidates. The …
  • accessibility news
    Blind woman fighting for accessible pandemic communications
    A blind woman has won a legal case which secures fundamental promises of changes to how the Government communicates with people during the pandemic. Sarah Leadbetter, who is registered blind, was due to have a judicial review hearing concerning the government’s failure to provide her with …
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    DWP Extends British Sign Language Service
    The Government’s Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has extended its Video Relay Service (VRS) for British Sign Language (BSL) users to connect with all service lines. This service allows customers to make an inbound call to DWP via a British Sign Language interpreter using a video …
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    End of Shielding: BSL Version of Government Advice
    More than 3.7 million vulnerable people in England will no longer have to shield from the coronavirus from 1 April. The Government is sending a letter to all of them explaining this decision and updating advice on preventing the spread and contraction of Coronavirus. Below is a video BSL version of …
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    Barriers removed for Deaf Jurors
    The government has announced that the law will be changed to allow BSL interpreters into the jury deliberation room. Up until now, BSL has been permitted in court but not in the jury room. This has  meant that in order to participate in jury service, Deaf People have had to lip read in the jury …
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Rights UK News Round-Up
    This is the latest newsletter from the excellent Disability Rights Uk website Budget 2021: “Outrageous” that over 1.9 million disabled people on legacy benefits refused £20 week financial lifeline In last week’s Budget 2021, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that: “To support low-income …
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    DeafBlind UK Newsletter – March 2021
    Professional’s Update March 2021 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Supporting eye clinics Thanks to funding from The National …
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    BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order.   Information about the vaccination consent form …
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    Act FAST – Stoke Awareness Video in BSL
    The Act F.A.S.T. campaign is a great reminder that stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK – and can change lives in an instant. Yet the pandemic has seen a significant fall in stroke admissions and 1,413 excess deaths from stroke between 21 March 2020 and 22 January 2021 (7% higher than …
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    Disability Rights Uk Newsletter 20-2-2021
    Open Statement from Disabled People’s Organisations and Allies – February 2021 Coronavirus has hit disabled people hard. 60% of deaths from coronavirus have been those of Disabled People. Disabled People have struggled to access healthcare, social care and food and many have been left without …
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    Updated letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people
    Important guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people from the government, 18 Feb 2021 Link: Other language versions, plus easy read, BSL and large print versions available here We are writing to you as you have previously been identified as someone thought to be clinically extremely …
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    Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    This is the latest newsletter from Disability Horizons, the online lifestyle magazine. 10 tips to help you keep warm if you have a disability For some disabled people, winter can be a difficult time of year due to the bitterly cold weather. It can be hard to keep warm because of mobility issues, …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 13/2/21
    Grenfell measures slammed by Disability groups Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has announced another £3.5 billion of funding to remove and replace unsafe cladding from towerblocks. The announcement comes three and a half years after the Grenfell Tower disaster in which 72 people died, including …
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Critical Of Inaccessible Government Survey
    The government’s Disability Unit is currently running an online survey which will help to shape the forthcoming National Strategy for Disabled People. Comments must be received by 13 February in order for them to be taken on board before the publication of the Strategy. Here’s is Disability …
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    BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. Information for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination. …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter 6/2/21
    News Round-up Disabled People’s Organisations call for the Disability Strategy to be delayed Disability Rights UK Our Voices group has written to the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, setting out a number of problems with the engagement process for the National Disability Strategy and …
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    Deaf Text & Other Ways To Get Support From The Council
    Calderdale Council are a key provider of support during the Coronavirus pandemic for residents of Calderdale. Visit their website for lots of advice across a wide range of services. Or call them on 01422 392890 for volunteer support or any form of adult social care. . Website: Council Coronavirus …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    This is “the Professional’s Update”, a newsletter from from Deafblind UK. Accessible video calls Did you know that by making just a few simple changes you can help make your video calls more accessible to people with sight and hearing loss? Click here to find out more   …
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    FREE 6-week British Sign Language (BSL) programme
    A NEW initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available to residents of Yorkshire.  The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with children and adults who may have hearing impairments and are offering …
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    Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter
    22 January 2021 A message from the Disability Rights UK CEO: Over the past year it has often felt like disabled people’s lives haven’t been valued equally. We have had Care Act rights removed, our access to health care de-prioritised, inadequate support for education, challenges in buying food and …
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    Guidance on shielding – BSL and Audio Versions
    Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – British Sign Language Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – audio Published 21 March 2020 Last updated 13 January 2021 + show all updates Share …
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    Sunflower Lanyards – Link To Website
    Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious, such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, visual or hearing impairment. Living with a hidden disability can make daily life more demanding for many people, but it can be difficult for others to identify, acknowledge or …
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    Gov’t Report: Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services
    “Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services” is a new Government report that looks at how the pandemic has affected people with disabilities. We’ve published the introduction below, but you can read the full report on the Government’s website: Read full …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News Round-up   Bereaved families demand immediate Covid-19 inquiry In a letter organised by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, some of the UK’s biggest charities and traes unions have joined forces with families impacted by deaths from Covid-19 to write to the Prime Minister demanding an …
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    BSL Videos: Advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    Further advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people in Tier 1: Medium – British Sign Language Further advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people in Tier 2: High – British Sign Language Further advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people in Tier 3: Very High – British Sign …
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    BSL Video: Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people during the Christmas period
    Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people and advice during the Christmas period – British Sign Language Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
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    Calderdale Emotional Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People
    This update is from Calderdale Council’s Healthy minds initiative and is focused on young people: For information, advice and signposting on emotional health and wellbeing services please go to http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk If you need to access Open Minds (CAMHS) during the pandemic: …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    Winter 2020 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Online training We offer a wide range of courses designed for anyone working with or …
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    Disability Rights UK’s Latest Newsletter
    Disability Rights UK E-News Round-up – 13/11/20 71% of disabled people believe lives adversely affected by pandemic Many disabled people are understandably proud of the work that was done by so many to secure the Disability Discrimination Act 25 years ago.  The BBC have produced a news clip …
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    DEX – Support For Young Deaf People
    It’s great to see DEX, who visited one of our open meetings last year, reaching out to provide more support. Here’s their latest communication: We at DEX think it is really important for deaf young people to be able to meet up and make friendships with other deaf people. We would love …
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    DWP Newsletter – Including Video Relay Service (VRS) for British Sign Language (BSL) Users
    6 November 2020 Roundup of recent DWP announcements  Universal Credit – Minimum Income Floor for the self-employed The Minimum Income Floor (MIF) for self-employed Universal Credit (UC) claimants will remain suspended until the end of April 2021, extending a vital lifeline for hundreds of …
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    Government Mental Health & Wellbeing Advice
    What you need to know The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. It may be difficult, but by following government …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    This is the latest Disability Rights UK Newsletter, 23/10/2020 Our We Belong campaign – still time to have your say! Disability Rights UK’s We Belong campaign is hosting roundtable discussions and gathering your opinions on all aspects of life where we get a raw deal as disabled people. We …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    This is the latest email newsletter from Disability Rights UK, dated 16 October 2020. Our We Belong campaign – sign up now Disability Rights UK’s We Belong campaign is running another two weeks of roundtable discussions. There is still time for you to join with us to consolidate our thoughts …
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    Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter
    This is the latest Disability Rights UK newsletter (14/9/20)-  as always it’s a good read with links back to their website for details on the main stories. Panorama report on SEND families ‘on their knees’ The BBC’s Panorama programme has reported on the dire situation many of the one million …
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    Your Chance To Feed Back to Equality & Human Rights Commission On Shopping Concerns
    This is an update from the Cross-Government Disability Unit, based in Westminster, with particular focus on shopping and making shops more accessible for disabled people during the pandemic. And how disabled people can feed back on any concerns they have. Disabled people have experienced shopping …
  • Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter
    This is the latest Disability Rights UK newsletter (7/9/20)-  as always it’s a good read with links back to their website for details on the main stories. News Round-up Kickstart scheme discriminates against disabled young people The government’s flagship measure to support young people …
  • health & nhs news
    NHS to receive 250,000 clear face masks to support people with hearing loss
    250,000 clear face masks are to be delivered to frontline NHS and social care workers to support better care for people who use lip-reading and facial expressions to communicate. NHS and care workers will be given clear face masks to help them communicate with people with certain conditions like …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Here’s the latest e-newsletter from Disability Rights UK and, as ever, it contains lots of great stories. Disabled people’s unemployment rate double that of non-disabled people In addition to an unacceptably high unemployment rate, there are 67,000 more economically inactive disabled people …
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    Back To School: Guidance For Parents/carers
    This is the government’s latest guidance for parents and carers ahead of the Autumn Term in schools, colleges etc.  Contents Returning to nursery, childminders, school and college Attendance Helping make nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges as safe as possible Arriving and leaving …
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    Back To School: Online Safety Tips
    Staying safe online – Josh’s story: My name is Josh and I am going to be telling you on behalf of the young people’s Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Reference Group about the latest project that we have been working on. The group is made up of nine young people with special …
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    Access to Work – Helping Disabled People Into Work
    New help on offer from Access to Work The Government’s Access to Work scheme has been extended to offer new help for disabled people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. The extension to the scheme means that: Disabled people can now benefit from financial support to work from …
  • Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disability Rights UK is one of the the UK’s leading user-led disability organisations. This is their weekly newsletter, 21 August 2020. News Round-up DR UK statement on government school grades announcement DR UK CEO Kamran Mallick said: “It is a huge relief that Education Secretary Gavin …
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    Back To School: Advice For Parents/Carers
    Government Advice, Published August 2020: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term Contents Returning to nursery, childminders, school and college Attendance Helping make nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges as safe as …
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    Android App Transcribes Speech to Screen
    Live Transcribe is an app that provides free, real-time, speech-to-text transcriptions to make everyday conversations more accessible among people who are deaf and hard of hearing, using just your Android phone. Using Google’s state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition technology, Live …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Here’s the latest e-newsletter from Disability Rights UK – as ever it’s an excellent selection of topical and useful info: High Court rules mandatory reconsideration requirement for ESA claimants unlawful The High Court has ruled that the requirement for an ESA claimant to go through the mandatory …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Here’s the latest e-newsletter from Disability Rights UK – as ever it’s an excellent selection of topical and useful info: Government messages on exemptions to face coverings need to be stronger New research from King’s College London has highlighted how face coverings have become …
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    Face Coverings: Cross-Government Disability Unit Update
    The Stakeholder Engagement Team at the Government’s Cross-Government Disability Unit have distributed an update about how it has been able to influence around the subject of face coverings, following their listening to the concerns from disability groups. This is the update: We are aware of …
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    Deaf Users Unhappy as Youtube Drops Community Captions
    YouTube plans to discontinue its community captions feature, which allowed viewers to add subtitles to videos, because it was “rarely used and had problems with spam/abuse,” the company announced. It says it’s removing the captions and will “focus on other creator tools.” The feature will be …
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    Science & Analysis: BMJ’s weekly round up
    The BMJ is a reliable independent source of news and analysis of health issues – here’s their latest weekly round-up of the top items on their website: Covid-19: Acts of omission The UK government is becoming known for acts of omission. No evidence exists of Russian interference in the …
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    Disability Rights UK’s latest newsletter
    This is Disability Rights UK‘s latest newsletter –  as ever it covers a range of issues and news items. Disabled people’s led organisations challenge government record Disabled people’s led organisations from across England, including DR UK, have written to the Prime Minister …
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    Request BSL Option on Whether West Yorkshire Gets A Mayor?
    Michelle Gerrard, Calderdale’s Coordinator for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing has sent us a message to share amongst our members and readers: Have you heard of the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal? https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/wydevolution – They are looking to have a mayor …
  • health & nhs news
    Survey – Your Experiences of Health Care During Coronavirus
    We at Disability Partnership Calderdale would like to ask you for your help… Have you used any Health or Care services since lockdown began? Or have you visited someone, or helped someone who was attending a health or care setting? For example, a GP surgery, Hospital, Pharmacy or Care Setting? If …
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    Disability Rights UK’s Latest Newsletter
    Here’s this week’s Disability Rights UK newsletter (week commencing 6 July 2020). Reintroduction of work conditionality and sanctions Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey has announced conditionality and benefit sanctions will be reintroduced this week as jobcentres in England …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    The Disability Rights UK Newsletter is an excellent source of news and comment on the lives of people with disabilities living in the UK. Here’s the latest edition, dated 26 June: End of lockdown: one size fits all approach fails shielders Government plans to relax rules for shielders, …
  • hearing impairment news
    How To Get Tested For Coronavirus – Capacity Increased Again
    Six new ‘walk through’ local testing sites are now offering appointments to people in England, with the capacity to test hundreds of people each day. Summary Access to coronavirus testing increased further with six new ‘walk through’ local testing sites in England offering appointments to people …
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    Face Masks & Face Mask Exemptions: A Disability Horizons Guide
    New face mask rules in the UK mean that everyone must wear a face covering on public transport. But what if that is difficult for you to do because of a disability or health condition? Disability Horizons, the online disability magazine has looked into the whole face covering issue and produced the …
  • It’s Deafblind Awareness Week
    National charity, Deafblind UK, is on a mission to make things easier for people who have sight and hearing loss and this week (22-28 June) is deafblind awareness week. Director of Operations, Simon Moore said: “Combined sight and hearing loss affects around 400,000 people in the UK, but many …
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    The Disability Rights UK Newsletter is an excellent source of news and comment on the lives of people with disabilities living in the UK. Here’s the latest edition, dated 19 June: Disabled women over 11 times more likely to die of Coronavirus Disabled women with limiting disabilities aged …
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    Lip-Reading Face Masks
    A Scottish company is manufacturing and selling face masks with a clear panel that makes the wearer’s mouth visible, thus allowing them to communicate with someone who relies on lip-reading. Here’s the company’s description of the product, which you can buy from their online shop. …
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    Calderdale Sign Language Service Update
    The Calderdale Sign Language service are continuing to adapt their services to the deaf community requirements.  Currently all services are being delivered by face time calls with medical services and Council services.  If deaf people do not have access to Wifi or technology they can still text the …