We love the work of adept, the trading name of the National Association for Tertiary Education for Deaf People (NATED), in improving services in educational settings for deaf people of all ages.
So when we had the opportunity to support them at their AGM and annual conference recently, we jumped at the chance.
This was a big event attracting teachers and Communication Professionals (CPs) from across the UK, so it offered an excellent opportunity to network in person with a great range of different people.
We had a stand, took queries and gave away promotional cSeeker bags.
There were also some brilliant keynote presentations, including Rachel Sutton-Spence talking about the Linguistics of Sign Language Literature. She looked at applying ideas from sign linguistics to analyse poems and stories to better appreciate BSL’s complexity.
Paul Redfern, Business Development Manager at the British Deaf Association (BDA) spoke about the BSL Charter, aimed at encouraging local authorities and public services to improve access. At the same time adept signed a copy of this charter, becoming the first national organisation to receive it.
CEO of Action Deafness Craig Crowley discussed his personal journey in deafness and Martin McLean of NDCS spoke about making the transition to higher education and employment.
Finally, Paul Clark spoke about changes in the rules about funding for notetaking services.
All in all, this was an excellent occasion and made us realise what an outstanding job teachers and other professionals do. We hope very much that we can extend our support again at this event next year.