Sunday 29 May
So, its been a relatively quiet week this week, but here are a few things from my timelines that I thought you might be interested in. In addition, if you’re looking for work, there have been a number vacancies advertised at the Royal Association for Deaf People and also by DeafPlus that you can check out below.
- Research: AOHL Hearing Progress Report
- GOV.UK survey on accessibility
- NGT Lite: mobile phone app
- Blogpost: My fight to get Access to Work funding
- Kyle DiMarco wins Dancing with the Stars
- New career and volunteer opportunities
- Key diary dates for conferences and workshops (new entries highlighted in blue)
In the news
Action on Hearing Loss launched its 2015 Hearing Progress Report, providing an update on the programmes of research it is funding. It includes details of genetic discoveries relating to glue ear and also otosclerosis, and also examines the link between tinnitus and ‘hidden hearing loss.
GOV.UK launched their assistive technology survey for 2016, to seek views on how accessible their websites are. The survey is open until the end of June.
There was an interesting blog post published in the Stage this week about the difficulties faced by an actor to obtain Access to Work funding because of the intermittent nature of their work.
Finally, the twitter sphere was flooded for a couple of days with tweets about Nyle DiMarco, a top model in the States, who won the Dances with the Stars competition who also just happens to be Deaf. In the midst of all the posts written about his win, Limping Chicken took the opportunity to highlight his efforts and in particular the use of his victory message to raise the profile of Deaf people across the world.
New Career and Volunteer opportunities
Some weeks I occasionally spot career and volunteering opportunities which I’ll post here from time to time. This week’s opportunities include:
- SignHealth, Chief Executive (closing date 31 May)
- Hearing Link highlighted recruitment (open until June 2016) for a clinical trial for tinnitus sufferers.
- BID services advertise a range of posts across the country on their vacancies page.
- Numerous volunteering opportunities across the country (with Action on Hearing Loss)
- DeafBlind UK are also looking for volunteers
- Royal Association for Deaf People have a range of jobs on their Careers page from their own and other organisations.
- DeafPlus are advertising three jobs for Hackney advice services with a closing date of 10 June.
Key Diary Dates
NADP are holding a conference alongside their AGM on Saturday 11th June 2016 at the Ear Foundation in Nottingham. Entitled “Adjusting to deafness – what is available?”, the conference offers topics of interest to those who are newly deafened and also information for members who have been deafened for some time who would like to know about new developments.
The Hearing Loss Association of America has announced the details of its convention for 2016 which will be held in Washington, DC between 23-26 June. It looks like an interesting programme.
The British Tinnitus Association is holding a tinnitus information day in Manchester on 2 July.
The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) announced a free weeklong course at their institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Their website includes details of the programme for each day.
This year the BDA celebrates 125 years and will be holding its annual congress in Torquay.
Deaf Unity announced their Deaf and Disability Careers Fair to take place on 9 September in Bristol.
Early bird registration is now open for the World Congress of Audiology which, this year, takes place in Vancouver, Canada.
The British Tinnitus Association is holding its annual conference in Manchester.
The next ASLI conference will be held on 1-2 October in Newcastle upon Tyne . Check out ASLI’s webpage for their call for abstracts along with details of the conference theme and venue.
The BAA Conference is the largest audiology conference in the UK attracting a host of international speakers. This year it will be held in Glasgow.
This is a free conference being held at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Looking at last year’s programme (which can be found on the webpage), it looks like there could be some really interesting presentations and discussions.