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Calling all text relay users!
Text relay research
Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, has commissioned Facts International, an independent research agency, to gather the opinions of regular text relay users about their experience of the text relay service.
There will be some changes to the text relay service from 18 April 2014 and Ofcom wants to check if, and how, these changes deliver a better service. Therefore, Ofcom wants to find out about the experiences of text relay users both now and then again in 2014 when the new service is in place.
If you would like to take part in the research please either register your interest at www.facts.uk.com/ofcomtextrelay or call one of the research team at Facts International on 01233 648492.
Please register your interest by 15 November 2013. (posted 11.11.13)
Measuring the quality of live subtitles: information from Ofcom
Earlier in 2013, Ofcom consulted on proposals to improve the quality of live subtitling on UK TV to benefit deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, among others.
Ofcom would like to thank the subtitle users, broadcasters, subtitle providers, representative bodies for hearing-impaired people, and others who responded. They have carefully considered all comments and would like to publicise findings, proposals and decisions.
Visit Ofcom's website to find out more. (posted 5.11.13)
At Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD)
Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) is seeking a part time Project Officer to work with the Scottish Government, Scottish public bodies and deaf organisations to improve equality of opportunity for deaf and deafblind people, by supporting public authorities and others to implement a range of measures which will bring about the necessary improvements in equality of access and opportunity for deaf and deafblind people.
- Project Officers – Equality and Access for Deaf People
- Glasgow l Salary: circa £28,000 (pro rata)
- Hours: Part time 21 hours per week
- Fixed term: two years
Visit the SCoD website for more details. (posted 5.11.13)
Hearing loops in airports
Hearing Link is talking to a major UK airport which is very interested in having a fully-functional hearing loop provision available throughout the Terminal areas, and they would like to forge a partnership with Hearing Link. We are therefore canvassing people about their airport experiences with hearing loops and would very much like you to complete a short survey.
Your (anonymous) data will be used to construct a report that will form the basis of discussion with interested UK airports wishing to improve the listening experience for their customers. We'll let you about progress in the next few months - look out for website, social media, and magazine updates.
Complete the hearing loops in airports survey. (posted 3.10.13)
Access Scottish Theatre
Captioned performances. Find out more at www.ast.flip.org.uk/
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.
Subtitle and Caption Club
Subtitles in films and captions in theatres have been a great boon to many who enjoy getting the most out of both types of entertainment.
Register for a year’s worth of monthly trips to either a film with guaranteed subtitles, or a theatre performance with captions. Times chosen will reflect the preferences of those who register, either daytime or evening and dates will vary as to when the subtitles are programmed to be on or captions provided.
We will select a show and mail you details and you will then have the choice to book directly with the Theatre or Cinema and pay for your ticket ahead of time. We will meet in the foyer or bar and where possible sit together and then meet afterwards in a hopefully quiet place to discuss the show.
This club is supported by Artlink Edinburgh. Contact Beryl Homan Beryl.Homan@whec.edin.sch.uk or 0131 621 8316 for more details. Admin fee £5. Starting September 2013. (posted 12.8.13)
Including Me, Including You
Wester Hailes Education Centre day and evening classes
Would you like to be part of a new performance group using all different types of media to tell stories? Wester Hailes Education Centre is running an eight week class in storytelling through performance. All are welcome.
Evening classes run Tuesdays 6.30pm-8.30pm, beginning 22 October and lasting 8 weeks. Day classes run Fridays 1.00pm-3.00pm, beginning 25 October and lasting 8 weeks.
Contact Beryl Homan at Wester Hailes Education Centre on 0131 621 8316.
Visit the website: http://www.whec.edin.sch.uk/