The following is an extract from ‘History of CSWs’ by Maria Bailey and Andrew Owen.

Shaping Support in Deaf Education

Saturday 14 May 2011, New College Durham.

Committee elections

The joint conference between ACSW and NATED the previous year was going to be a hard act to follow. Michelle Jones, NATED Chair, stepped up to the mark with a little help from her friends. At that meeting, Jill Newlands took over the ACSW Chair role and Andy Owen stepped into a newly opened role of Vice Chair.

Vicky Nunn remained as Treasurer, Nigel Kerwin joined as Secretary, and Miriam Marchi as Membership Secretary.

Three new posts were created: Ricci Collins as Deaf Link Officer, Jess Clover as Volunteer Co-ordinator and Bob Blackwell as Fundraising Officer.

Presentations and Workshops

Keynote presentations were by Maria Bailey, who updated conference on the Signature CSW qualification, I-Sign and other developments, and Tessa Padden, who offered some personal thoughts on communication support and sign language interpreting for Deaf learners in education.

A workshop was led by Linda Richards who explored the place of translation in interpreting, and how an early introduction to translation studies can transform interpreter training and practice.

Jill Newlands presented a workshop for the second year running on voiceover, and explored some of the difficulties faced when interpreting from BSL into English in the classroom.

Melanie Thorley of the Association of Notetaking Professionals presented a workshop on the who, why, what, where and when of Notetakers. A workshop was led by Rachel O’Neill, who asked, ‘What qualifications are there to learn how to modify language successfully?’.

Rachel explored examples of texts modified for exams and for classroom materials, and discussed issues arising when working with examination boards.

A final workshop was presented by Rachael Hayes and Tim Richardson of National Deaf CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and covered an introduction to the service, referral procedure and joint working.

At the conference Linda Richards donated a free CSW mentoring opportunity in a prize-draw. Angela Fenney was chosen at random from all the entrants, and Linda duly visited Angela who is a CSW in Manchester.