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British Sign Language (BSL) should be recognised as the first language of many deaf children in Wales, a committee has recommended. The National Assembly's Petitions Committee examined a petition by Deffo! Cymru, a forum for young deaf people in the country. Figures by the National Deaf Children's Society put the…
More than two years since the Social Services and Wellbeing Act came in to force, the charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru says many people who are deaf or have hearing loss are still not getting the care they are entitled to. 575,500 people in Wales are deaf or have…
Hearing aids provided by the NHS should not be restricted based on "hearing thresholds", health officials have said. New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) states that patients should be offered hearing aids at the "the first opportunity if an individual is likely to benefit".…
Today, to mark the start of Deaf Awareness Week, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has launched a new practice guide to help social workers to better serve people with hearing problems, available here. The BASW Acquired Hearing Loss Practice Guidance has been produced by a small group of…
Millions of pounds in support for deaf children is being lost, leaving services at "breaking point", a charity has warned. Around a third of councils are making cuts, according to the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS), which accused the Government of "woeful complacency". Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi said the budget…
The UK is to plough £20 million towards an ambitious plan to rid the Commonwealth of the leading cause of preventable blindness over the next two years, officials have announced. The Department for International Development said that it is hoped the money will help eliminate trachoma - a bacterial eye…
The majority of deaf and disabled people have experienced problems and largely feel discriminated against when trying to book tickets to live music events, according to a new report. The difficulties were highlighted by charity Attitude is Everything as it announced a new coalition to tackle the issue. The charity,…
An inquiry has been launched into a charity for blind people following concerns over the safeguarding of its vulnerable beneficiaries. The Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) and its subsidiary charity - RNIB Charity - were brought under scrutiny after a single serious incident on March 2 at Pears…
An "evil and dangerous" man who raped and sexually assaulted blind children while he was a schoolboy has been given a lifelong restriction order by a judge. From the age of 12, David Penman - described in court as "cunning, deceitful and manipulative" - sexually attacked eight fellow pupils when…
Disabled people at risk of losing their voice are now required to be provided with specialist communications equipment on the NHS. The legal duty, which was secured by the late motor neurone disease campaigner Gordon Aikman (pictured), has come into force. As a result, health boards should provide patients who…
Campaigners have launched legal action against the Government over a cap in funding for a flagship scheme to help disabled people back into work. The challenge over Access to Work concerns a cap on the amount of money people can be awarded through the scheme, which it is argued will…
The Princess Royal has officially opened a new centre for deafblind adults. Charity Deafblind Scotland spent a decade campaigning and fundraising for the £2 million learning and development centre in East Dunbartonshire. The princess toured the building which has a recording studio, arts space and high-tech IT room, and has…
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