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Deafblind Scotland Summer 2016 E-Newsletter
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drawing of the new centre
Some good news! We have just signed a fixed price contract to build the new Learning and Development Centre. The start date is mid-August 2016, due to complete by March 2017. Finally the dream may just come true! Can you help?
Join our "Count me in!" campaign
Afternoon Tea 11 Sept 2016 Radisson Blu Hotel 2pm tickets £15
Dinner Dance 29 October 2016 Millenium Hotel Glasgow Tickets £40
Michael Anderson photograph

Michael's Way
At 5.09pm on Saturday 21st May Michael (age 75) became, we’re fairly sure, the only Deafblind person to cross Scotland entirely self supported on foot
carrying a 14kg pack as well as having to pitch his own tent and manage his overnight camping requirements. The trek took 16 days and the team walked over 340km with the help of some incredible volunteers! Full article in the Courier.

There’s still time to give in support of Michael and all he and his volunteers have achieved by visiting his Just Giving page.

Helen and Twimukye receiving award

Clydesdale Bank Recognises Community Spirit in Scotland


Fifteen community groups across Scotland have been awarded a combined funding boost of £75,000 through the Clydesdale Bank Spirit of the Community Awards to recognise the important role they play in the local community.

Deafblind Scotland was awarded £5,000 to support one to one sessions with clients and cover interpreter/guide/communicator costs to help clients self-manage their money.
Full article here...
Connect to Welfare Rights Project
 
Funding has ended from the Big Lottery but we are pleased to announce the project will be continuing. It has been very successful over the past 22 months and we have realised just short of £500,000 for people we have helped either by claiming new benefits or upgrading existing benefits.
 
We are able to visit sensory impaired people in their own homes to help them with many issues including benefit applications, access problems, material in preferred formats, housing issues, energy suppliers, blue badges etc and complete forms for them. We aim to maximise incomes and help both deafblind and visually impaired people live as equal citizens in the community, promoting independence and choice.
 
Please contact Helen Campbell on 0141 777 5830 or WR@deafblindscotland.org.uk
Tune Hotels receiving Approved Business Environment certificate

Workplace Assessments

Deafblind Scotland has been carrying out assessments on workplaces to find out how accessible the buildings and services are to deafblind people. They then make recommendations about how to make it more accessible for deafblind people. This aims to help businesses become more deafblind friendly.  Recently Deafblind Scotland visited Tune Hotels to carry out a work place assessment and they became an Approved Business Environment. In addition their staff went through Deafblind Awareness training which they found incredibly useful and eye opening. To book a workplace assessment for your business please email Alison fundraising@deafblindscotland.org.uk
Senior Community Champion Award Finalists

Community Champion Awards

The Evening Times Community Champion Awards recognise unsung heroes in communities throughout Scotland. Deafblind Scotland member John Boyle was a finalist for the Senior Community Champion Award. This is a fantastic achievement which looks at people who, after many years of hard work, continue to devote much of their time to helping other individuals or groups in their community.

John was nominated for all of the work he has done with Deafblind Scotland over the years which has raised awareness of Deafblindness. He was described by his Guide/Communicators as a true gentleman.

(Photo: Senior Community Champion Award Finalists. Photo courtesy of Herald and Times Group)

Scotland's most inclusive pub, Wheel Inn, Scone
Deaf Sector Partnership logo
A Deafblind National Advisory Group has been created to advise the government on the needs of the BSL community, including deafblind BSL users. Full article here...
Deafblind Scotland Training Courses
Interested in a BSL 3 course? Come to our Open evening on 20th July 2016, 5pm to 7.30pm
@ Deafblind Scotland, 21 Alexandra Ave, Lenzie, G66 5BG
Email for more information.

SQA British Sign Language level 2 and 3 courses starting in August.
More information here...
CONSULTATIONS
  • Draft Strategic Police Priorities for Scotland, click here to take part.
  • Living Streets: End pavement parking in Scotland click here to take part.
  • Scotland wide study: how accessible are pharmacies for people who have a sensory loss & over 65? Contact Kirsty k.killick@dundee.ac.uk
  • Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) interested in hearing from Deafblind people who have had a civil legal problem in the past 4 years and have tried to get help from a solicitor. Email us  to register your interest.
IN THE NEWS
The first cohort of students from Scotland’s first British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation degree have graduated at Heriot-Watt University. The degree is the only one in the UK on which students graduate as fully qualified and accredited BSL/English interpreters upon completion, which means they can start working anywhere in the UK straight away, without the need for further training. Full article here...
Better Connected Report Local councils in the UK have ‘significantly improved’ their website accessibility for users with disabilities, according to a nation-wide assessment. The annual Better Connected report (carried out by public sector IT management body Socitm) found that 64% of council websites passed its accessibility test, compared to 43% in 2015 and only 26% in 2014. The test assesses sites for ease of use with technologies like screen-readers and keyboard-only controls.
Full article here...
Audio Navigation
The Wayfindr project has just released the first ‘open standard’ for audio navigation. The standard features detailed guidelines to help developers, transport services and building owners create digital navigation systems that can be used by blind and visually impaired people.
Further information here...
BSL Customer Service at SSE

SSE is the first energy company in the UK to offer customer service via British Sign Language through its customer service Centres. The SignVideo service allows users to make and receive BSL interpreted video calls, using fully qualified BSL interpreters and the service is available on tablets, smartphones, computers and laptops. More information available on their website.

Referrals
Deafblind Scotland aims to help people in Scotland live as rightful members of their own communities. Membership is free to anyone who has a severe degree of combined visual and auditory impairment resulting in problems with communication, information and mobility. To refer a person call 0141 777 6111 or email membership@deafblindscotland.org.uk

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