The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) is looking to recruit two new registration board members. This exciting opportunity gives two individuals with the right skills the chance to join the board and help inform and support the NRCPD’s aims. The registration board meets three times a year. In addition to formal meetings, members are asked to comment on relevant issues and documents.
We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the Joseph Maitland Robinson Award for Outstanding Contribution, Communication Professional of the Year and the Organisational Achievement awards. The overall winners for these, and all our awards, will be announced on 12 November at the glittering Signature Annual Awards Ceremony in London.
The Lottery fund Awards for all has awarded a grant of £10,000 to support a local deaf charity based in Spennymoor in its work with Deaf people and their families. Codeaf (county Durham Equal Access Forum) has been given the award to help set up support groups for families with a deaf member.
Five of our qualifications have been accredited to the QCF and are available for use from 1 September 2009. We are pleased to confirm that all of our other qualifications will be available (and eligible for funding) in the next academic year and up to 31 August 2010.
Deaffest, the UK’s only Deaf-led film and television festival is returning in November. Taking place between 27 November and 29 November at Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton the festival celebrates the talents of Deaf filmmakers and media artists.
Press release from Dr Bill Wilson. Dr Bill Wilson, an SNP MSP for the West of Scotland, a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee and a champion of the Scots language, has spoken out in support of the needs of Scottish ‘speakers’ of British Sign Language (BSL).
Government figures, published by NDCS, show that deaf children’s GCSE results continue to lag behind those of all children, and may even be falling further behind. You can read more on this story by visiting the NDCS website.
In November 2008 Signature and the North-West Partnership held a one-day research conference. We asked what barriers there were for Deaf learners in Further Education. The report has just been published by the LSC and can be found here.
A national trial is set to take place this Autumn to enable deaf people to send text messages to contact the emergency services. The system, which if successful could be up and running in 2010, will allow people to send a text to 999 in order to contact the police, ambulance and fire services.