(The) Association of Lipspeakers (ALS)
The ALS is the professional body for lipspeakers. They aim to promote lipspeaking and its good practice and encourage the further development of lipspeaking as a communication service. There is some useful information about lipspeaking on their website.
(The Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults)
ATLA is the professional association for teachers of lipreading to adults who have become deaf, or hard of hearing. Their aim is to promote understanding of the special needs of people with an acquired hearing loss.
ATLA can also provide information on lipreading classes in your area.
BAHA Users Support
(BAHA = Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid)
This is a Facebook page which provides support and information to people who have or who are thinking of having a bone-anchored hearing aid.
(The) British Acoustic Neuroma Association (BANA)
BANA was set up by people affected by acoustic neuromas to provide mutual support, information exchange and listening to others. BANA produces a quarterly magazine for members called Headline News. BANA has regional branches and support groups.
British Cochlear Implant Group
This is a web site which contains some useful information on various aspects relating to Cochlear Implants.
(The) British Tinnitus Association
The British Tinnitus Association provides support, advice and information about Tinnitus. They produce a quarterly magazine called “Quiet” which is available to members.
Connevans is a family-run business which supplies a variety of equipment for deaf people including equipment to help with the telephone, watching TV, in meetings, etc.
Information website: http://www.connevans.co.uk/page/index
Commercial website: (to order products) http://www.deafequipment.co.uk/
Cued Speech Association UK
The Cued Speech Association UK is a charity which was established to promote, maintain and advance education in Cued Speech in the United Kingdom for use with and among deaf and hearing-impaired children and adults.
Deafblind UK offers support and specialist services to people who are deafblind or living with a combined loss of sight and hearing, enabling them to lead as fulfilled and independent lives as possible.
Their services include:
- A network of regional staff and volunteers
- A range of publications in different reading formats
- A free 24-hour Helpline, fully accessible to those with sight and hearing loss
- Training in communication and rehabilitation skills for daily life
- A varied programme of leisure and social breaks
- Specially adapted equipment to assist with daily life
deafPLUS is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee working to encourage integration and equality between deaf and hearing people in all areas of life.
Their mission is to work with people who are deaf, focusing on the person first, rather than their level of deafness and to enable a better quality of life to be fulfilled.
deafPLUS aims to:
- promote and maintain positive and inclusive role models between deaf and hearing people within deafPLUS
- train and support deaf and hearing people outside deafPLUS in achieving equal status and recognition
Enabling for Music
Enabling for Music is an organisation that uses technology to enable people who are hard of hearing or deaf to listen to music more clearly and enjoyably. They help all age ranges from children to the elderly.
Gordon Morris is a company which sells loop systems and various other environmental equipment for deaf people.
Hearing Link describe themselves as follows:
Hearing Link is the UK hearing loss organisation that makes it easy to find the right information, appropriate services, and meaningful ways to connect with other people. We are here for adults with any level of hearing loss and their families too. We direct people to the information they need and the emotional and practical support that can assist their particular circumstances. We also put people in contact with others so that knowledge and experiences can be shared and so our combined voices can influence service provision.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train dogs to alert deaf people to specific sounds, whether in the home, workplace or public buildings.
To date they have placed more than 1,400 hearing dogs throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
This is an American website which contains a lot of very interesting information about deafness.
Jewish Deaf Association
An organisation offering professional support services, information and a range of social, cultural and educational programmes to people with all levels of hearing loss, people experiencing tinnitus, their friends, families and colleagues.
Manchester Centre for Deaf Studies
The Manchester Centre for Deaf Studies offers courses in Lipreading and Lipspeaker Training.
The Ménière’s Society provides information and support for people with vertigo, tinnitus and deafness (Ménière’sdisease).
The aims of the Ménière’s Society are:
- To provide information about Ménière’s disease to members, health professionals and the general public.
- To raise public awareness of Ménière’s disease.
- To encourage research into the causes and treatment of Ménière’s disease.
- To monitor world-wide developments in Ménière’s disease management.
- To provide a resource for members on Ménière’s related subjects including the availability of services, complementary therapies, books and literature.
- To encourage members to lend each other help and mutual support.
The Meningitis Trust
The Meningitis Trust offers emotional and practical life-long support to people affected by meningitis, including those who have become deaf due to meningitis.
NADP (National Association of Deafened People)
The NADP offers support to newly deafened people as well as those who have been deafened for many years.
The NADP’s Activities include:
- The NADP provides information on its website.
- The NADP publishes a quarterly newsletter, ‘Network’ to keep members in touch with each other and to provide information and updates on any developments that may affect them. Network is distributed amongst all members, local groups, etc.
- NADP provides information and advice on employment, telecommunications, equipment and other subjects.
- NADP has a number of local groups and other contacts in various parts of the country which arrange social events and provide support at grass root levels.
National Cochlear Implant Users Association (NCIUA)
The NCIUA is the Association that represents all Cochlear Implant Users in the United Kingdom. It is open to all implant users, their family and friends.
The aims of the NCIUA are to:
- Campaign for funding through the NHS for all who need cochlear implants regardless of where they live in the United Kingdom.
- Campaign for quality support services for all users – actual and potential.
- Promote a nationwide network of local support groups.
- Work to increase public awareness of the benefits of cochlear implants.
- Liaise with implant centres and cochlear implant manufacturers.
National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)
The National Deaf Children’s Society works to support all deaf children and young deaf people, their families and professionals working with them.Their mission is to remove the barriers to the achievement of deaf children throughout the world.
Relay UK is a text to voice relay service. It allows deaf people and people with speech difficulties to communicate with hearing people using the telephone.
For information on how to access and use this service please see their website.
The website also gives information on other ways that deaf and hard of hearing people can stay in touch.
Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD)
The RAD works mainly with/for people whose first or preferred language is sign language, but there is some useful information for people with an acquired deafness on their website.
Royal National Institute for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People (RNID)
RNID provides a range of services to individuals and organisations. It produces a magazine several times a year.
Their services include:
- Deaf awareness training
- Advice on employment, rights and welfare
- Help and information on equipment
- Communication services such as sign language interpreting
- A library specialising in books on deafness and hearing loss
Sarabec sells a variety of useful equipment for deaf people.
Sense is the UK’s largest organisation people who are deafblind or have associated disabilities. They offer a variety of services which promote independence for deafblind people of all ages.
STAGETEXT provides captioning for theatres and other arts venues to provide access to live performances for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. The spoken words are converted into text and appear on a small screen either on the stage or in the auditorium, depending on the venue. Sound effects and off-stage sounds are also included in the text.
UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD)
UK Council on Deafness is the national infrastructure organisation for voluntary sector organisations working with deaf people.
UKCoDs aims include:
- to support member organisations in their work with deaf people and to encourage co-operation between members in promoting and representing the diverse interests of deaf people
- campaigning to achieve equality and rights for deaf people
Wales Council for Deaf People
The Wales Council for Deaf People is an umbrella association of organisations (both voluntary and statutory) working in the field of hearing loss and representing people who are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deaf/blind.
The main aim of the Council is to support all activities of benefit to people with hearing loss in Wales with the object of enabling these people to lead fuller and more independent lives.
Your local cinema .com (subtitled screenings)
This is a website that gives information on which films are available in your local area with subtitled screenings and when they are to be shown. You can also watch subtitled trailers on this website.
(It is a good idea to check with the cinema before you go or at least before you pay for your ticket that the subtitles will actually be shown.)