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UK Council on Deafness 

Many individuals and organisations are working to ensure deaf people can access all that modern communications has to offer. Whether it is to stay in touch with friends and family, contact your doctor, engage with Government, or talk to customer services of modern businesses, it is important to have choice and access in when and how you communicate, whether it be by text, audio or video.

That is why UKCoD's Deaf Access to Communication group is undertaking a major piece of work to enable choice in electronic communications. The project is seeking to identify the demand for and likely costs of relay services for the next 5 years over and above text relay. The piece of work is an impact assessment or options appraisal and it is using a Delphi method. The Delphi method is a well-established research method that uses repeat surveys on existing data to an expert panel in order to reach a shared view of the evidence.

The work will be complete by the end of October. From this a model of how more relay and communication services can be provided will emerge along with a set of recommendations on what is needed to see those services in place. If you have an interest in the area and want to make a contribution, please contact

What's on....

UK Council on Deafness Confernce

Ageing and Deafness
Implications for Health and Social Care
16th October 2013
9am Registration
 9.45am until 4.30pm

at the NUT Building, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London

What currently happens when deaf people need care services? Research shows that often the care needs of deaf people remain unmet as there is a lack of services that are accessible, appropriate and relevant. This conference will aim to identify what is currently happening, present models of best practice, and explore priorities for future developments both in the Deaf community and for those with hearing loss.

Click here for draft programme (pdf)

The UKCoD AGM will take place during the lunch break.

To book your place or for further details please visit:


BDA AGM and Grand Banquet 2013

Its that time again when the BDA will be holding our AGM, BDA Seminar, and Grand Banquet. The AGM will be held on Saturday 5th October 2013 from 9:30am- 4:30pm, and the Grand Banquet will follow at 7:30pm - midnight. This event will be held at the University of Derby Enterprise Centre. You are all welcome to attend, however please note that the Grand Banquet spaces are limited, so if you would like to attend please get in contact with us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. For more information please email:


Next Generation Text Service

BT is on target for the April 2014 launch of the Next Generation Text Service. The new service has some exciting new features, however for customers who don’t want to change their textphone or the way they make calls they can continue to use the 18001 prefix as the new service will work in the same way as the current Text Relay. The new service will be available on home, office, and mobile phone lines from BT and other phone providers and will introduce alternatives to the 18002 prefix, textphones, Voice Carry Over (VCO).


National Lipreading Awareness Week 2013

  • UK’s inaugural Lipreading Awareness Week to take place 9th September – 13th September 2013
  • Taster sessions of lipreading classes to be made available in various locations across the UK and Eire
  • Only 0.06 percent of the 10million people in the UK with a hearing impairment attend lip reading classes

In September2013 The Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA) is launching Lipreading Awareness Week, the first such drive to promote the availability of Lipreading and How to Manage Hearing Loss.


Which? partner with Action on Hearing Loss to create New Hearing Aid Guide.

This new guide will give people with hearing loss the help they need to ensure they get the hearing aid that is right for them.

To access the guide visit –

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Signature calls for deaf communication support to be at the heart of the NHS mandate
Signature is using a Department of Health consultation to reiterate that communication support for deaf people should be at the heart of the NHS mandate. We responded to the consultation, Refreshing the NHS Mandate, to make sure deaf people receive the safe, high quality communication support they are entitled to from the NHS.


Sense warns young people to get vaccinated before going to university

Sense has warned of the potential dangers facing young people if they go to university without having received the MMR vaccine.


Deaf Alerter plc, the UK's leading provider of fire alarm systems for Deaf and hard of hearing people, has launched two next-generation products which will be unveiled at Firex North this month in Harrogate.


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UKCoD Events

UKCoD Events:

16 OCTOBER 2013
Ageing and Deafness
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UKCoD is the umbrella body for voluntary organisations working with deaf people in the UK. Our mission is to assist member organisations, and the sector as a whole, to maximise the positive impact they have for deaf people. In particular we:
  • Encourage the exchange of knowledge, skills and views between members building mutual understanding and fostering collaboration between like-minded organisations.
  • Facilitate campaigning on overarching issues affecting deaf people and provide an interface with government through which members can exert influence.
  • Provide up to date news/information, other deaf related services including organisational capacity building and funding for sector wide projects delivered by the members
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