Deaf-Fest 2017

Deaf-Fest – Wolverhampton

Dian, Meriel and I attended Deaf-Fest in Wolverhampton on Saturday 13th May to represent ANP.

It was a great event and a good opportunity to network and raise our profile within the D/deaf community (and try out some of our new conference tool-kit)!  We had lots of visitors to our stand – some were potential clients interested to hear about the service/s we can offer, some were interested in becoming note-takers themselves (potential new members perhaps?) and others (some smaller members of the deaf community) were more interested in our supply of chocolates!

Meriel’s committee experience stood us in good stead and Dian’s BSL and Lipspeaking skills were invaluable!  We even managed to hold our committee meeting between visits to the stand and the minutes are now available in the ‘members’ area of the website.

Our next event/stand will be at the Deaf Street Party in London (more details to follow) on Saturday 22 July and we would LOVE to invite you to join us then; the more the merrier…!

Deaf-Fest 2017

Warning over RSI

An Extract from The Metro Friday, March 3 2017 (page 41) Re. RSI

(Comment – Karen Pritchard – Meriel alerted me to this article in the Metro – I must admit I hadn’t realise RSI caused a tingling and stiffness in your back and shoulders as well as arms, wrists and fingers… just shows how important it is to ask for a co-worker for longer bookings – anyway, we thought the members might be interested)

Strain over for desk warriors

Send RSI packing with Leon Poultney

Up to half a million workers in the UK suffer from RSI, according to the Health and Safety Executive – enduring aches, stiffness, tingling or cramp in the back, arms and shoulders. Repetitive strain injuries are caused by repeated movements that place tendons under stress and are most associated with computer work. Tuesday was RSI Awareness Day, held to highlight the risks and pressure governments into drawing up regulation to protect employees from its effects.

(the article then went on to list office gadgets that can help to prevent it and improve overall health – this was mostly relevant for office based employees, but I thought some of the ‘How to Tackle RSI tips were more relevant to us as note-takers)

 Find a neutral position for your hands. Don’t bend wrists towards your little fingers, thumbs or back towards you.

  1. Ensure the keyboard lies flat on the desk or table to encourage a neutral typing position and consider a compact keyboard to reduce the stretch on your fingers.
  2. Go mouse-less.  Your arm should rest on a desk, so consider a pen or vertical type mouse.
  3. The NHS suggests you should take short, regular breaks and move around the office as often as possible.If RSI is already present, try the Painmaster Patch (£24.50) which uses low-current electricity to stimulate the body’s own natural healing processes.

07.03.17 KP 

UKCoD Conference 2016 Report

Meriel Michaelides represented ANP at UKCoD’s Common Purpose: working together on deafness and hearing loss conference held on 02.11.16. About 60 people attended; most topics were unrelated to notetaking but notetakers might want to contact Silent World Sans Frontieres & CAS Training (Susan Hart), who deliver deaf awareness training ,including to employers.  Do they include notetakers in their resource list/training?

Perhaps for wider impact, we can develop a contact with Martin McLean of NDCS and NATSip. He said he was going to prepare a database of resources for young adults transitioning to education and work. There is some research to be done yet as he has done quite a bit of work on the topic.  When I enquired if notetakers would be on it, following a moment of silence, he suggested I contact him.  I’ll let you know what happens.

Association of Lipspeakers AGM 2016 Report

Dian Donovan (who is also a qualified lipspeaker) attended the Association of Lipspeakers AGM on 5th November 2016

Lipspeaking AGM was really good as we had a training about what to charge and knowing our worth. Really interesting and I am happy to keep all my notes and share the knowledge when we next have a meeting.

One of the Lipspeakers who is a lovely pro-active member suggested we may want to do a joint workshop with them in the future plus the Lipreading teachers so that we can share good practice and make better connections.

I am happy to coordinate this sort of thing.

Deaf-Fest 2017

Deaf-Fest – Wolverhampton

Dian, Meriel and I attended Deaf-Fest in Wolverhampton on Saturday 13th May to represent ANP.

It was a great event and a good opportunity to network and raise our profile within the D/deaf community (and try out some of our new conference tool-kit)!  We had lots of visitors to our stand – some were potential clients interested to hear about the service/s we can offer, some were interested in becoming note-takers themselves (potential new members perhaps?) and others (some smaller members of the deaf community) were more interested in our supply of chocolates!

Meriel’s committee experience stood us in good stead and Dian’s BSL and Lipspeaking skills were invaluable!  We even managed to hold our committee meeting between visits to the stand and the minutes are now available in the ‘members’ area of the website.

Our next event/stand will be at the Deaf Street Party in London (more details to follow) on Saturday 22nd July and we would LOVE to invite you to join us then; the more the merrier…!

 

TRAINING & INFORMATION (including AGM and EGM) Saturday 21st June 2014

This year’s AGM will be part of a training and networking day and will also include an EGM to review out Constitution.

The event will take place on Saturday 21st June 2014, 10am to 4pm, at:

The Idea Store Whitechapel

321 Whitechapel Road

London E1 1BU

(For further information on the venue – www.ideastore.co.uk/idea-store-whitechapel)

The event is free for members and we would urge as many of you as possible to attend and be involved in the running of your association.

We would again like to encourage nominations for the Committee from manual notetakers and from members in areas other than London (meetings can be attended via Skype).

Non members are welcome – please email for more information

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 21st June.

DEAF DAY 2014

ANP will be at City Lit Deaf Day 2014 and you can find us in room 507.

Most of the Management Committee members will be there during the day, but we would welcome a few members to come and help on our stand. Do please email us if you could spare a couple of hours to help out.

We would also like to invite notetakers to join us after the event at the Enterprise Pub, 38 Red Lion Street, for a chat and some networking – not to mention a drink (food is also available).

City Lit Electronic Notetaking Course Feb 2014 Late Deal

Electronic notetaking: OCNLR Open College Network London Region awarded.

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Qualify as an electronic notetaker and earn as you learn, providing access to deaf and disabled students in Further and Higher Education.

This course develops your skills, knowledge and awareness, preparing you for work in a challenging, fulfilling profession.

Course no:   GE003

Dates / times:   17 Feb  – 21 Feb, 10.00 – 17.00, Mon-Fri

Cost:   special late deal!  £744  – now £590!

Venue:   City Lit, Keeley Street, London, WC2B 4BA

Interested?

You will be required to have a typing speed of around 60wpm, good English and IT skills.

For more information please contact deafedu@citylit.ac.uk  or 020 7492 2725.

To view the course outline – http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/Deaf_education/Training_for_language_service_professionals/Electronic_notetaking%3A_OCNLR/GE003

 

Notetaker Tutor Training at City Lit

Would you like to train manual note takers to support students with disabilities?

This one day course trains you to teach the OCNLR notetaking syllabus.

You will receive a City Lit certificate and can apply for permission for your college to deliver the note taking course.

COURSE TITLE:

Notetaker Tutor Training (Course code GT622)

DATE:

27 April 2013

TOPICS:

Plan and run a note taking course

Use marking and assessment to develop trainees’ skills

Promote good working practice in an educational setting

Extend good practice of developing services for disabled students

Promote personal skills and self evaluation skills of note taking trainees

TIME:

10.00 to 17.00

VENUE:

The City Lit Centre for Deaf Education and Learning Support

Keeley Street

London W2B 4BA near Holborn or Covent Garden tube stations

COST:

Full fee £325. No concessions

TUTOR:

Tutors are Paul Clark and Michael Peart who are both responsible for City Lit note taking Quality Standards

CONTACT:

deafedu@citylit.ac.uk or 020 7492 2725 for further information and application form