In March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, to be a pandemic, due to the speed and scale of transmission. WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Certain populations, such as those with disability, may be impacted more significantly by COVID-19. This impact can be mitigated if simple actions and protective measures are taken by key stakeholders.
Coronavirus pandemic and deafened and hard of hearing people
The current coronavirus (COVID- 19) outbreak is an unprecedented situation and a major concern for healthcare authorities and citizens alike. Responses to this outbreak must be inclusive of all members of the public, persons with disabilities and include people who are deaf or hard of hearing. As the UK is preparing to deal with this unprecedented emergency, we must not forget persons with disabilities and vulnerable citizens in their need to access information, which is a fundamental right of every citizen. We must take steps now, to ensure deaf and hard of hearing people’s access needs are met in the government’s response to this threat.
3rd March 2020 is World hearing Day. This year the theme is Don’t let hearing loss limit you. Hearing for life! On World Hearing Day 2020, WHO (World Health Organisation) will highlight that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential. It will draw attention to the options available in this respect. Flyers and posters to support this theme and more information can be found here
To celebrate World Hearing Day NADP are holding a Parliamentary Event in Room W2 in Westminster Hall which will be hosted by our president Lilian Greenwood MP. We will be raising awareness of the different experiences of deafened and hard of hearing people and how each MP can make their constituency accessible for deafened and hard of hearing people. We would like our members and readers to help us by emailing their MPs to invite them to attend the Event
If you are a Member and would like to help, you are also welcome to come and talk about your experiences to the MPs dropping in and out, please email Events@nadp.org.ukand we will get back to you. There are only a limited number of spaces available so please do let us know if you would like to help by the 28th February. The Event will run between 9am and 12pm on 3rd March. Please download our suggested email to your MP below.
NADP Conference this year will focus on how technology can be used to enhance your hearing and improve your independent and well being. It will be held on 13th June in Birkbeck College in London. Further details to follow including speakers.
NADP has signed the petition created by NFBUK (National Federation of the Blind UK) to keep the Red Button Service. BBC has now suspended the decision to discontinue BBC's Red Button Service. Many people still depend on this service, often those who have sensory losses. NADP has been invited to discuss this need further with the BBC. Read more.
NADP has responded to Ofcom's recent consultation on It's review of the Code on Television Access Services and Guidance on BBC Accessibility. Read our Responses and others here . We welcome your thoughts and any further comments you have. Please email Enquiries@nadp.org.uk
We are very happy to announce that John Newton has been voted to receive the Heather Jackson Award for this year. John was first diagnosed with mild hearing loss at university, and in 2009 he received a cochlear implant. John is a retired industrial manager and he has volunteered for Hearing Link for many years and in many varied roles. He has facilitated group programmes, led talks, represented Hearing Link at many events and has supported people on a personal one to one basis through its Helpdesk and as a Community Support Volunteer. He also served as a Trustee of NADP for six years from 2008 to 2014, and during that time was very active, especially campaigning for better access to theatre and cinema. As a cochlear implant user, he is the Chairman of the Manchester CICADA group and has delivered many talks to the group. He uses his influence to inspire and motivate others with hearing loss to become more fully engaged in society alongside hearing people.
Gifford Hardy was a well-loved member of NADP, a frequent contributor to NADP’s magazine, Network, and also founded the Sussex Pen Club, a correspondence circle for the deafened people who lived in the south-east. The Gifford Hardy Trophy is awarded to the best article to appear in Network during the preceding year. The trophy, which is a silver plate, was first awarded in 1993, and was instituted by Gifford’s daughter, Janine Burgess, as she and his widow, Ivy, wished to have him remembered in this way.
The Gifford Hardy Trophy for 2018 was awarded to Jill Hipson for her article “Excellent Estonia”.
Annual Conference and AGM
22 June 2019
Hearing loss should not prevent anyone from getting out and about. Fortunately access for people who have a hearing loss is improving. Traveling, attending talks or enjoying the theatre is now much easier and stress free than before.
We have a range of presenters from various organisations to inform you what they have done to improve the experience of people with hearing loss using their services. These include British Airways, the National Theatre and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
We also have presenters talking about their experiences with their hearing loss and how they have overcome barriers they have faced, sharing their tips along the way.
There will also be information on how technology is being used at events such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Museum talks to accommodate the needs of deafened people by University of Roehampton.
Read more here
The 2019 NCIUA Summer Meeting and AGM will be held on Saturday 8 June at Birkbeck College London. In addition to the postcode a map of the location can be seen here The programme and application form to attend can be seen here.
The UK Cinema Association has confirmed the next steps on their pioneering Technology Challenge Fund, established to stimulate technological innovation that will allow people with hearing loss to have a more inclusive cinema experience.
Thank you again for your submission to the BBC’s consultation on proposals to improve BBC iPlayer for audiences. We have today submitted proposals to Ofcom for consideration after the BBC carried out a full Public Interest Test which concluded that:
Following submission of the BBC’s proposals, Ofcom will complete a BBC Competition Assessment before making a decision on whether these changes can go ahead.
Thank you again for the time and consideration taken in responding to this consultation.
World Hearing Day 19
3rd March was World Hearing Day. This year the theme is Check your Hearing! Too many people struggle with a hearing loss, many of whom do not even realise that their hearing has deteriorated. We are sure most people can identify someone who may be in that position. https://www.who.int/deafness/world-hearing-day/2019/en/ The World Health Organisation has created an App hearWHO for smart phones which will indicate whether you need to make an appointment with an Audiologist. The App is free to download from Apple store or Google Playstore
Make Listening Safe
Our Chair, Lidia Best, was at the Make Listening Safe! Event in Geneva in February as part of her role with International Telecommunication Union ( ITU). The new global standard builds on European Union Directive on music players with new international standards for the manufacture and use of these devices, which include smartphones and audio players, to make them safer for listening.
see this article from Hear -it
Out and About In the North
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums invites you to join them for free to celebrate National Disabled Access Day on Saturday 16th March. This year they have increased the number of free activities and tours to the highest level ever! The closing date for booking places is Wednesday 13th March.
Contact Robert Latham firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading Between The Lines - latest research project at Uni of Roehampton.
Would you like to help?
Participants are needed for this project at the University of Roehampton.
As subtitles have become more common, they have also become more diverse—and more creative. The University of Roehampton is investigating how the form and appearance of subtitles affect viewing behaviour and will be using eye tracking software to see how participants eyes respond to the subtitles that are presented. They hope that by doing this they can learn how to create a viewing experience with subtitles that is as close as possible to the viewing experience of those who watch the film without subtitles.
They are looking for participants who are 18 years old and over and are able to go to Whitelands College at the University of Roehampton (Holybourne Avenue,London, SW15 4JD) to complete an eye tracking session during March 2019. Please email Kate at
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Making Video on Demand (VOD) more accessible.
In December 18, OFCOM issued its guidance to government for making video on demand more accessible.
The statement followed a consultation in early 2018 to which NADP responded and which has been quoted in the guidance. Our response below also links to broadcasting standards which NADP believes need to be improved.
Our Vice Chair Simon Pearse leads in this improving accessibility in broadcasting. Please email him if you have any thoughts, concerns or would like to be involved. firstname.lastname@example.org
No bank or other service provider can refuse to take a call via a relay service. Current advice from OFCOM to assist if you are ever refused. Thanks to Ross Trotter for his help in updating the original letter on behalf of NADP.
Disability-themed emojis approved for use and why we need them
Hearing aids and other disability emojis now approved will be arriving on smart phones from June onwards.
This interesting article discusses why they are important.
The Heather Jackson Award is made annually to a deafened person who has made a significant contribution to the improvement of the welfare and opportunity of deafened people. Heather was NADP’s Chairman until we lost her to cancer in 2007 after a short illness at the age of 58. A charismatic leader, she was not only a guiding force for NADP but was also a trainer on the residential courses at the LINK Centre (now Hearing Link) and Chairman of the CACDP (now Signature) Deaf Awareness Committee and CACDP’s Vice Chairman. All three charities are involved in the award.
We are very happy to announce that Margaret du Feu has been voted to receive the Heather Jackson Award for this year. Margaret qualified in medicine at New Hall Cambridge and The London Hospital. She started training in psychiatry after the birth of her daughter, Frances, in 1983. In 1991 she was appointed in Birmingham to develop the third service in England (after Manchester and London) for Mental Health and Deafness. In 2003 she started working half the week in Northern Ireland and in 2005 left Birmingham to include the Republic of Ireland in her work.
Starting in medical school, Margaret became progressively deafened by cochlear otosclerosis and is now profoundly deaf. She had a cochlear implant in 1999. In 2010 Margaret retired from UK NHS and in January 2011 started working for the voluntary organisation ‘Deafhear’ which has offices all over Ireland. In 2014, Margaret was the recipient of an OBE for her services to deaf people in Northern Ireland. This was presented by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.
In the same year, Margaret co-authored a book with Cathy Chovaz called ‘Mental Health and Deafness’ which focuses on the current issues and concerns of mental health of deaf individuals.
On 1st March 2016, Margaret presented at the Deaf Nest Conference, just one of many appearances at keynote events and conferences over the years. The ‘Assessing and Changing Health Care Professionals Attitudes and Knowledge of Deafness’ discussion allowed Margaret to discuss the current need for higher recognition and awareness from healthcare professionals who work closely with deaf individuals.
Margaret was a Trustee of RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss) from 1996-2001, and also a Trustee of Hearing Link from 2005-2007. She has been a Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board member and had an active involvement in the European Society for Mental Health and Deafness, involved in the organisation of the World Mental Health and Deafness congress in Belfast 2014
Margaret believes that the experiences of patients should benefit others so that the cycle of early deprivation and later mental distress can be broken. Therefore, although she has collaborated in academic research on schizophrenia in deaf people, her main focus is on increasing awareness of mental health issues for deaf people, and on teaching mental health professionals about deafness. Margaret has used both her personal and professional life experiences to framework much of her work. She really is an inspiration and continues to strive for improvement in the sector. Deaf individuals as a whole and those who face mental health issues really can take a lot of encouragement from her life’s work.
The Heather Jackson Award is an opportunity to acknowledge Margaret’s hard work and commitment and to thank her.
Pictures from the conference are now displayed on the events page.
"Do you miss out on going to the Cinema because you can't find a subtitled viewing or even worse have you had the experience of going to a subtitled viewing and finding there no subtitles were provided?"
NADP is part of the Hearing Loss and Deafness Alliance. The Alliance worked with the DWP, Department of Education, NHS and other Hearing Charities to produce these booklets as part of the (APOHL) Action Plan on Hearing Loss.
We are very grateful that NADP have been chosen to share in the donations given in Diana Barimore's memory.
Donations in memory of Diana can be made here.
Attached below is the transcript of Diana's funeral service.
NADP members are reporting increasing issues with the quality of subtitles on TV particularly those for live television programs. Please can we ask all members and non members to keep an eye on subtitles over the Christmas period and report back to us on any problems you face. We can then use this information to reinforce our requests for improvements.
To ease this reporting we have put together some common issues along with a format for reporting to capture key information and minimise your thinking time. Ideally if you can record an offending program please do. For help email email@example.com
For more information click on this link.
NADP is a member of the Hearing Loss and Deafness
The Alliance is currently working with NHS England to implement their cross Government strategy, the Action Plan on Hearing Loss.
The National Commissioning Framework for Hearing Loss Services – guidance for health commissioners will be presented by the Chief Scientific Officer for England, Professor Sue Hill OBE and Jim Fitzpatrick MP , Chair of the All Party Group on Deafness at an event at Portcullis House, Westminster.
The publication – following a key recommendation made in the Action Plan on Hearing Loss last year – has been produced with patient groups, services users, hearing loss charities and healthcare providers.
NADP chair Lidia Best and many of the organisations and individuals involved attended the event to hear how the comprehensive framework will address support for people whose hearing loss is affecting their ability to fully participate in society.
This publication is only the start of the process but it will give the Alliance a much improved platform for future discussions with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's) and others over the coming months. CCGs make the decisions regarding the commissioning of each type of NHS care in their area. The Alliance will promote the use of the Framework across the health system and will be working with NHS England to develop more detailed plans about how this will happen.
IFHOH (International Federation of Hard of Hearing People) has released a video on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and how it applies to uphold the rights of people with hearing loss.
The IFHOH CRPD video is available at: https://youtu.be/_GaVQY5c26k