York St John University have admitted Dr Paddy Ladd to the degree of Doctor of Education (honoris causa) in recognition of his contribution to the global Deaf community.
Honorary degrees will be presented at the graduation ceremonies in York Minster by Chancellor of York St Johh University and Archbishop of York, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu in front of an audience of graduands, their families and friends, and staff and guests of the University.
Dex My story project ended in September 2017 The Heritage Lottery Fund which has agreed to extend DEX (Desf Mainstreamers) My Deaf Story project until next April. This means the DEX Deaf Youth Council can get involved in more Deaf cultural activities and more fun to come! There are five main parts to the My Deaf Story Heritage project:
DAWN BUTLER MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, has brought Deaflympics GB team at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday.
The Deaflympics took place in Samsun, Turkey in July this year, with 86 nations taking part and the British team won nine medals
Along with the Deaflympics team, there were representatives from UK Deaf Sport and other Members of Parliament.
According to DeaflympicsGB, securing the funding to simply take part was one the biggest challenges they faced. They relied on small grants from Sport England and personal fundraising to help them achieve their dreams.
“I was delighted to host the DeaflympicsGB team in Parliament to celebrate their fantastic achievements. The team did the country proud at the Deaflympics with their outstanding nine medals and this was a great opportunity to come together and celebrate their success.
"This reception was a valuable opportunity to raise awareness for deaf sport and our incredible deaf athletes. I will continue to support efforts to increase funding for UK Deaf Sport, to allow our teams to send more athletes and enter more events in the future, and I was pleased that this event was able to raise awareness for this important aim."
Following the event, Butler led the group for a tour of the House of Commons and guests were able to view a live sitting of the Commons.
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The British Society for Mental Health and Deafness (BSMHD) has launched a new website. BSMHD is a UK charity that focuses entirely on the promotion of the positive mental health of deaf people.
Mental health includes healthy emotional, psychological and social development, the prevention and treatment of mental illness and other disorders. Although the main focus is on those who’s first or preferred language is sign language, BSMHD is interested in the mental health of all deaf people, whatever their language preference, age of onset or degree of deafness.
Deaf people who are British Sign Language users are almost twice as likely to have mental health issues compared with the general population (40% against 25%). In addition, people with mental health and deafness issues (multiple needs) often face marginalisation from mainstream society. There is a great deal of stigma attached to mental health in the Deaf community, thus leading to isolation and loneliness in a close knit community. Through delivery of training courses and dissemination of information, BSMHD are actively working to reduce this stigma throughout the UK.