NEWS FOR OCTOBER 2013

David Blunkett writes for Hearing Times

Added 31 Oct 2013

Rt Hon David Blunkett, MP for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough continues to support the campaign for increased communication and language support and access to public services for deaf and deafblind people.

Signature meets with Anne McGuire MP

Added 30 Oct 2013

We are meeting today, Wednesday 30 October, with Anne McGuire MP the former Shadow Minister for Disabled People to discuss our joint campaign for improved communication and language support.

Tell us what you think about our qualifications

Added 29 Oct 2013

Every year we review our portfolio of qualifications to make sure they meet the needs of our customers. We would like anyone who has experience of our qualifications to let us know what they think by completing our online survey.

Deaf sector campaigns receive recognition in a House of Lords debate

Added 28 Oct 2013

Signature and our deaf sector colleagues have received praise for our campaign work in a recent debate in the House of Lords.

Minister for Disabled People reveals communication support review

Added 25 Oct 2013

Mike Penning the newly appointed Minister for Disabled People announced an internal review of the access to communication support for deaf and hard of hearing people, at a meeting attended by Signature earlier in the week.

Cross Deaf Sector Campaign aims to keep communication and language support on the political radar

Added 25 Oct 2013

Sir Malcolm Bruce’s private members bill on Communication Support (Deafness) is due to receive its second reading today

BBC See Hear Highlight Campaign

Added 24 Oct 2013

We were encouraged by BBC See Hear’s coverage yesterday of the meeting of key deaf organisations and campaign groups,.which highlighted Sir Malcolm Bruce’s Communication Support (Deafness) Bill. 

Signature raises communication support campaign with new Minister for Disabled People

Added 23 Oct 2013

Signature aims to bring our joint campaign for improved communication and language support for deaf people to the attention of the Minister for Disabled People, Mike Penning, at our meeting with him today.

Adult Hearing Loss - Time for a New Approach

Added 18 Oct 2013

The Ear Foundation’s conference, Adult Hearing Loss - time for a new approach, took place in Westminster this week and gathered together leaders in the fields of audiology, industry and the Third Sector

Stolen Futures debate today in House of Commons

Added 17 Oct 2013

Our colleagues at NDCS have successfully secured a debate on their Stolen Futures campaign in the House of Commons today, Thursday 17 October.

Ofcom's response is a step towards improving the viewing experiences of deaf people

Added 16 Oct 2013

Ofcom has introduced new reporting measures to assess the quality of live subtitles as a result of Signature's recommendations. This follows our response to their consultation Measuring the Quality of Live TV Subtitles, earlier in the year.

MP drop-in event to raise awareness of communication and language support

Added 15 Oct 2013

In collaboration with deaf sector colleagues, including the Brtisih Deaf Association, we have arranged a drop in event for MPs to raise awareness of the need for improved communication and language support for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people.

Sky is the limit for Video Relay Service

Added 14 Oct 2013

The use of Video Relay Service (VRS) is on the increase as the result of Sky’s decision to launch a trial service in their Accessible Customer Services team.

Signature joins the Disability Action Alliance

Added 11 Oct 2013

As part of our aim to make sure the deaf sector has a strong voice at the heart of government, we have joined their Disability Action Alliance.

Action on Hearing Loss report calls on the NHS to ensure mental health services are accessible

Added 10 Oct 2013

Action on Hearing Loss have prepared a paper providing an overview of the research investigating the links between hearing loss and mental health problems.

Mike Penning appointed Minister for Disabled People in government reshuffle

Added 10 Oct 2013

The winds of change have swept through government in the past week resulting in a number of ministerial changes.

 

Popular breakfast TV presenter to host charity awards ceremony

Added 07 Oct 2013

Esteemed business journalist and popular breakfast television presenter, Steph McGovern has been announced as the Master of Ceremonies for the upcoming 2013 Signature Annual Awards.

Anne McGuire to step down from her role as shadow minister for the disabled

Added 07 Oct 2013

Anne McGuire has stepped down from Labour leader Ed Miliband's front bench as he prepares to reshuffle his team.

Call to introduce national hearing screening at age 65

Added 03 Oct 2013

Hearing Link are calling on the Government to introduce a national hearing screening programme for everyone aged 65.

Lily-Rose is selected to design her very own Onesie

Added 02 Oct 2013

On Monday 30 September, the lucky winner of our Win a Onesie competition was selected at random.  Congratulations to Lily-Rose Fancourt who completed our Learner Survey, she will receive a £150 voucher to use at The All-in-One Company. Lily-Rose, who is from Essex, will have the opportunity to design and personalise her very own Onesie.