Thursday, 2 August 2018

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Changes to Wrexham deaf support...

Wrexham County Borough Council, Adult Social Care Department: Change of service provider - Services for adults and children who are deaf or have a hearing impairment or who are deaf blind. 

Transcript: Hello. This video is to let you know about an important change that is being made to the Community Support Service for people who are Deaf (members of the Cultural Deaf Community who use British Sign Language BSL as their first language); deafened, hard of hearing and those who are D/deafblind. 

The Community Support Service provides practical support, information and advice to help people to manage their hearing loss and promote independent living. This service has been provided by the Centre of Sign-Sight-and Sound (COSS) since 2016. This contract is due to end on the 30th August 2018. 

When a contract is coming to an end, the Council, following European Union procurement Law, is required to re-tender the service. As a result of this process, a new provider, Deafness Support Network (DSN) has been awarded the contract, and will provide the service from 1st September 2018. 

The Community Support Service will continue to focus on: • Advice and Information • Equipment assessment • Registration services in line with new duties for local authorities under the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act (2014) The service will continue to be accessible and available with a choice of access points (e.g. home visit, drop in service or by appointment). COSS, DSN and the Council are working together to ensure a smooth transition between providers. 

If you want to meet with the new provider, DSN, this can be arranged – information will be sent out to people. COSS will continue to have an active presence in Wrexham and will still deliver services commissioned by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Welsh Government. We are confident that the new provider will continue to deliver a quality service to the people of Wrexham. DSN have been providing valued services for D/deaf and D/deafblind people for over 42 years, including experience of working with D/deaf community and D/deaf social club networks in Cheshire and Flintshire. 

If you have any questions or want to arrange a meeting you can phone 0333 220 5050 or email We will visit Wrexham Deaf Club on Thursday 2nd August 2018 at 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Mum fears for deaf daughter's education...

Isla, Sarah and Grace Hepburn
A mum is “desperately worried” her daughter could fall behind her classmates if lifeline school support services are withdrawn.

Eight-year-old Isla Hepburn, from Gosforth, Newcastle, was born profoundly deaf. Thanks to cochlear implants and specialist help, she’s now thriving but her parents are worried that all that could change for her and up to 300 other deaf children in Newcastle. They have recently learned Isla could be set to lose the £5,000 of educational funding which has helped her develop into the “clever, feisty, fiercely determined” youngster she is.

The cash, claimed by South Gosforth First School, helps fund a teaching assistant, who provides Isla with 15 hours a week of help, going over vocabulary and making sure she starts each lesson on the same footing as her hearing peers.

Mum Sarah Hepburn, 44, said: “She’s thrived with that help, she’s done brilliantly. “We didn’t know how long it would take her to access language equivalent to that of her peer group because she didn’t hear anything until she was two years and seven months old, but she’s pretty much there now.

“If she loses this help, we are desperately concerned about how she is going to fare - will she drop off her curve? “This doesn’t just affect Isla, there will be many, many families across the city in this situation. We can’t send deaf kids into education only to see them fail.

Deaf sports crisis deepens ..

Rebecca Adam has been announced as the new ICSD President ©YouTube
Crisis levels surrounding the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) have intensified today after 46 countries called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to intervene in what they describe as an "unacceptable coup" by the organisation's Board. It followed the appointment of Australia's Rebecca Adam as President for the next three years by the Board earlier this week in a decision made without consultation with the wider membership. 

A group of 46 countries from four regional Confederations have appealed to the IOC administration and Ethics Commission to intervene in "supporting the ICSD's own constitution" at a "critical juncture" for the community.The controversy escalated in May this year when ICSD President Valery Rukhledev was arrested and placed under house arrest for two months in his home country of Russia.

The 70-year-old, a six-time Deaflympics champion for the Soviet Union between 1969 and 1977 in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling who had led the world governing body since 2013, was charged under the Russian Criminal Code and accused of embezzling over RUB50 million (£604,000/$803,800/€690,000) from the All-Russian Society of the Deaf in Moscow.

An ICSD statement following a Board meeting in Yerevan on Monday (July 30), chaired by acting President Kang Chen, said that Rukhledev took the "serious decision to retire with immediate effect" after "five years of faithful duty".