Keynote 1: Catherine Drew.
Catherine Drew teaches at the
Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children.
Catherine leads the Deaf studies and BSL courses at the school for not only pupils, but parents and local community members as well.
In 2013 Catherine was the winner of Signature’s Teacher of the Year award.
Background to keynote presentation.
At the 2014 NATED/ACSW Conference, Robin Ash of the BDA mentioned the Deaf Studies curriculum in his presentation. This raised a great deal of interest from delegates and many questions were left unanswered. Following the conference, Robin suggested that Catherine would be an excellent person to explain the Deaf Studies curriculum at the subsequent conference. Catherine readily agreed to our invitation and also agreed to share memories of her own personal educational experience.
Keynote 2: Rachel O’Neill.
Rachel O'Neill worked in Greater Manchester as a teacher of deaf children then tutor in colleges from 1981 - 2006. Her main areas of interest were improving access to further education for a wide range of d/Deaf students, teaching English through the medium of BSL and training CSWs. In 2006 she moved to the University of Edinburgh where she teaches on the postgraduate diploma in deaf education, which qualifies Scottish teachers to work with deaf children. Rachel's current research interests include evaluating the practice of language modified texts for d/Deaf learners and evaluating the BSL Glossary of science signs.
Keynote presentation Powerpoint
Background to keynote presentation:
The Achievements and Opportunities for Deaf Students research project was a follow-up study to a large database collected from 2000 - 2005 of all deaf children supported by school services in Scotland. The research team included Rachel, Marc Marschark from the USA and Julie Arendt and the project ran from 2010 - 2014. School services for deaf children in Scotland helped provide contacts which led to participants. The first part was a questionnaire to parents of those deaf children who were still at school. The second looked at the academic achievement of the cohort at 16, the oldest age that all pupils are together in the education system. The final part was a survey of deaf young people who had left school, asking them about their experience of school and how far it prepared them for adult life. In this paper I will report on the second and third parts, looking at issues such as where the young person lives affecting their language choices, and their socio-economic status having an influence on their language choice, school placement and exam results. Implications from the study will be discussed, including the possible impact on
Jill Henshaw and Andy Owen:
"Voice over: Interpreting from BSL into English"
Jill Henshaw is a CSW and interpreter with many years of experience in the field and in training CSWs. Andy Owen is a CSW and interpreter, trainer and author on Deaf issues, including voice-over, and is
adept's vice chair.
2: Sarah Vann Brooke:
"Ethical Dilemmas: I’m just the CSW…."
Sarah has been working as a CSW in Further Education and Higher Education settings in the Midlands since 1997, and qualified since 2005. For the last year Sarah has been registered as a trainee interpreter. Sarah has been part of a teaching team delivering courses to professionals working with deaf people and has supported learners through the Signature CSW qualification since 2013.
3: Nicki Harris and Pam Richardson:
De-Mystifying funding for deaf learners"
Nicki is the Professional Lead in the Post 16 Physical and Sensory Support Service for Surrey County Council and brings many years of experience to this workshop.
Pam is the Senior Lecturer and Team Manager in Learning Support at East Berkshire College. She is also
adept’s Assessment Officer.
4: Richard Carter:
Richard is a poet, storyteller, teacher, and research consultant. He currently works at Elmfield Secondary School in Bristol as a BSL tutor. He also teaches poetry to deaf and hearing children and adults across the UK. Richard has performed his own poetry at a number of events throughout the country, and abroad, and was responsible for mentoring children who took part in the Life and Deaf project in Greenwich, London in 2006 and 2011. In 2013 Richard attended the Contemporary British Poetry Reception, by Royal invitation of Her Majesty the Queen, alongside many of his hearing counterparts from the world of professional poetry. This made Richard the first Deaf poet ever to meet a British monarch.
5: Tina Lannin and Suzie Jones:
"Working with deafened and/ or hard of hearing learners: including latest technology"
Tina was born deaf and she wears two cochlear implants. She owns 121 Captions, providing live captioning and video subtitling services to other deaf people, based in London with offices in Kuwait, Qatar, and South Africa. Tina is a certified lipreading teacher, deaf awareness trainer, and careers consultant. She also works as a forensic lipreader and has lipread the Royal Wedding and many events for the media alongside CCTV videos for the law enforcement sector. 121 Captions is innovative in being the first to bring remote captioning to the UK, EU and Middle East, and steno captioning to Google Glass. Being deaf herself, Tina understand deaf needs and is passionate about offering high quality captioning and complementary services that meet client needs effectively.
Interview with Tina:
Suzie is deafened and has been since the age of 5. She has been a trustee of a deafened charity and ex- Chair of a county wide deaf forum. Suzie was one of the first to get a cochlear implant for ossified cochlea.
Currently working on the £1 million Lottery funded “In Good Hands” project to support people with acquired deafblindness in Northumberland and Training manager for 121 Captions. Suzie runs her own business delivering training and advocacy for deaf and deafblind people. Suzie set up and moderates a FB group called “Pardon? I’m deaf, when will you listen, we need access for all”, dedicated to bring together all deaf people and to raise awareness of the existence of those who do not use BSL.
Passionate about communication and current issues, Suzie works part time for a Disabled People’s User led Organisation. She brings expertise in charity work, business planning, funding applications, projects and advocacy.
She lives in Lancashire with her husband David, who is also deafened.