Friday, 2 November 2012
NADP/UK offers communication funding support for deafened people...
For a group almost invisible since its establishment 29 years ago, we get a staggering offer of free funding support for deafened people. I've been the NADP's biggest critic for years and have to accept this is the most useful thing they have ever come up with, albeit I asked AOHL/BDA/NADP to do this 25 years ago, we must congratulate this charity for doing what we wanted them to do. Only one concern (And that isn't the Hearing Concern one !), take care the system doesn't withdraw what funding exists because of that offer, and put all the onus on the NADP so we have to fight for the right all over again... The UK Government is determined to withdraw funding for communication access as a right and to force us all onto charity. Nice touch demanding they join first, a good way to get members ?!?!
Some issue might be debatable the rule stating you must be able to prove the refusal of support, basically the LAW should then be invoked via discrimination IF that access is to anywhere within the system, however support OUTSIDE the system is a real advance of thinking and will get real appreciation as this is where we spend 90% of our time.. I'm still a bit unsure about those rules though,will they really enable us OUTSIDE the systems where we need it ?
THE NADP STATEMENT:
We have therefore decided to set up the NADP Communication Support Scheme to offer financial assistance to provide adequate communication support to a member in cases where such support has been refused by a service supplier and this refusal is reasonable. Assistance under this scheme will be available exclusively to paid-up members of NADP, and will not be made in cases where communication support has been unreasonably refused. In those cases NADP would endeavour to make the service provider aware of their responsibilities under the Equality Act. And anybody making an application to the scheme must first have tried to get the organiser of the event to provide communication support.
The rules of the scheme are set out here and an online application form is available here . Alternatively, download and post the application form. We are allocating a limited amount of funding to this scheme so awards will be on a first come, first served basis and the decision of the Trustees whether or not to make an award will be final and binding. If an award is made under this scheme it will be paid to the communication support professional who has provided the service on receipt of an invoice – the payment will not be made directly to the member applying.
We think this scheme is completely in line with NADP’s charitable purposes and we hope it will be successful in both making events accessible to members that they would otherwise have been unable to benefit from and will also help to raise awareness of the benefits of communication support.
The rules for applying
The application form