Heather Jackson Award winner announced
Starting in medical school, Margaret became progressively deafened by cochlear otosclerosis and is now profoundly deaf. She had a cochlear implant in 1999.
Margaret has committed her life’s work to supporting deafened people across the UK and Ireland. She was a Trustee of RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss) from 1996-2001, and also a Trustee of Hearing Link from 2005-2007. Margaret has been a Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board member and had an active involvement in the European Society for Mental Health and Deafness, involved in the organisation of the World Mental Health and Deafness congress in Belfast 2014.
The Heather Jackson Award is made annually to a deafened person who has made a significant contribution to the improvement of the welfare and opportunity of deafened people. Heather Jackson was NADP’s Chairman until we lost her to cancer in 2007 after a short illness at the age of 58.
A charismatic leader, she was not only a guiding force for NADP but was also a trainer on the residential courses at the LINK Centre (now Hearing Link) and Chairman of the CACDP (now Signature) Deaf Awareness Committee and CACDP’s Vice Chairman. All three charities are involved in the award.