News about hearing loss - Scotland
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Self management programmes
Hearing Link is running a Self Management Programme in Edinburgh for people living in Edinburgh and the Lothians, Fife and Borders regions of Scotland. Participants attend a series of three sessions on 28 September, 26 October and 23 November 2013. The programme is for people with hearing wishing to be more in control of their lives.
For more information about self management programmes and how to apply please visit this page.
Deaf Links AGM, 10 July 2013
Deaf Links will hold their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 10 July 2013, at 7.00pm in The Old Mill, 23 Brown Street, Dundee, DD1 5EF.
After the AGM business is conducted there will be a presentation given by the Scottish Ambulance Service. Refreshments will be served. BSL Interpreters, notetaker and Loop system available.
Contact Deaf Links for further information. Contact details can be found here http://www.taysidedeafhub.org.uk/.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Soon in Scotland, people who are claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be notified that DLA is being replaced by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and they need to apply for the PIP. This affects people between the ages of 16 and 65.
Over the next three years, all adults on DLA will have to apply for PIP. From Monday 10th June 2013, people are no longer able to make a new claim for Disability Living Allowance. Anyone who wants help with their disability will now have to claim PIP.
The Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) has issued a call to people with hearing loss living in Scotland to contact them if they want to share their experience of going through the new PIP application process. SCoD cannot help individuals with their application but are gathering views and experiences of deaf people affected by these changes.
Visit SCoD website for information and contact details http://www.scod.org.uk or write to Scottish Council on Deafness, Central Chambers Suite 62, 93 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6LD.
Could you teach people to lipread?
Scottish Course to Train Tutors of Lipreading (SCTTL)
The course is one-year, part-time, commencing Sept 2013 and comprising six study weekends covering Theory of Lipreading, Audiology, Course Planning and Delivery, Psychological and Social Effects of Hearing Loss and Rehabilitation and Information Sharing.
Students will also be involved in 25 weekly classes of practical teaching experience, working alongside a qualified lipreading tutor. Students are required to successfully complete all written assignments and are assessed on their practical teaching skills.
For further information and an application form, please contact Catriona Crosby, course administrator email@example.com Tel/SMS text - 07884072005.
Free lipreading groups in West Lothian
We can offer at least a year's course, and these free classes are on a 2 hour basis, once a week. At present the classes take place as follows:
- Tuesday 1.30 to 3.30 Sensory Resource Centre, St John's Hospital, Livingston
- Thursday 1.00 to 3.00 Strathbrock Education Wing, Broxburn
- Thursday evening 7.00 to 9.00 at West Lothian College, Livingston
We also run a Hard of Hearing Support Group which takes place on Wednesday evenings at Bathgate Academy from 7.00 to 9.00.
We also run 6 week taster groups to provide basic lipreading practice and info on coping with hearing loss, some in the daytime and some in the evening, once a term.
Anyone interested should contact: Jane Mallon, Adult Basic Education, Bathgate Partnership Centre, South Bridge Street, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 1TS. Tel: 01506 282936 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy Lipreading Glasgow
Self-funded classes £26/12 week block (plus additional room hire contribution). Meets at Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow. G2 4PS. Tutor: Hazel Nairn. Meets on Thursday mornings 10.30-12.30.
For more information contact group treasurer, Peter Stromberg email@example.com
Artlink Edinburgh & Lothians can provide you with practical support to get you to the arts and tailored information about captioned theatre performances and gallery tours with a portable loop system.
- David Batchelor Highlights Tour on Wednesday 5th June 2- 3pm at the Fruitmarket Gallery. A Williams Hearing Helper fm portable loop system will be available. For booking and more information, contact Susan at Artlink firstname.lastname@example.org 0131 229 3555 option 1.
If you would like to find out more or join the mailing list to receive, contact Susan at Artlink on 0131 229 3555 option 1 or e-mail email@example.com
Access Scottish Theatre
Captioned performances. Find out more at www.ast.flip.org.uk/
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Anyone interested to volunteer at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?
Applications now being accepted. http://volunteering.glasgow2014.com/criteria
'Don't shout!' Billy Falconer's communciation tips
Hearing Link associate Billy Falconer talks about good communciation with someone who has a hearing loss.
Visit the hearing dogs for deaf people website.
Film workshop - Edinburgh International Film Festival
Flip, an arts organisation for people living with disability, are looking for deaf and disabled people to take part in a film workshop at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The fesitval is held in June so there's still time to join up!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/flipscotland
National Galleries of Scotland
The National Galleries have a programme of tours for visitors with a hearing impairment.
Please contact the gallery for further information 0131 624 6560.
New closed-captioning glasses help deaf people go to the movies
There will be a special attraction for deaf people in theaters nationwide soon. By the end of this month, Regal Cinemas plans to have distributed closed-captioning glasses to more than 6,000 theaters across the country.
Sony Entertainment Access Glasses are sort of like 3-D glasses, but for captioning. The captions are projected onto the glasses and appear to float about 10 feet in front of the user. They also come with audio tracks that describe the action on the screen for blind people, or they can boost the audio levels of the movie for those who are hard of hearing.
More on this story.
Looking for captioned films?
Visit www.yourlocalcinema.com for details of which local cinemas offer subtitles and which films are currently subtitled.
Tayside Deaf Hub
Deaf people in Tayside can join the Tayside Deaf Hub, which is an eating and meeting place for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people in the Tayside area.
For more information on their services visit http://www.taysidedeafhub.org.uk
Sign Language Cafe
Sign Language cafe meets monthly at St Mungo's Museum, Castle Street, Glasgow (by the cathedral). This is for individuals who are learning sign language and the only rule is NO talking. The next sessions are: Sat 25th May at 2pm, Sat 8th June at 2pm.
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