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Are you a deaf employee or jobseeker? Totaljobs has teamed up with deaf charities; Action on Hearing Loss, the British Deaf Association, SignHealth, the Scottish Council on Deafness and the Wales Council for Deaf People to get your views!

Their short survey aims to discover your jobseeking and workplace experiences. Your survey answers will be turned into a report.

Totaljobs have engaged an external and independent research agency to help them make this survey. All the data they collect is stored on a secure server and is covered by the eDigitalResearch Privacy Policy.Three survey respondents will be chosen at random and will win a £100 Amazon Gift Card!

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Picture credit: Action on Hearing Loss

A message about UK’s vote to leave the European Union

Our Managing Advocate Ruth Godden explains that there will be no immediate change to the laws of the UK and that CDA will keep people updated about what the future might hold.



You’ll know that the UK has voted to leave the European Union

This means there will very possibly be changes to some of the laws of the UK in future relating to some areas of everyday life.

There will be no changes for now.

If they do happen they will be in future.

Some people have been in contact with CDA asking what leaving the EU means for them.

For now we don’t know but we will provide information about any changes when we find out.

Thank you


Know your rights! New BSL interpreter request card launched

Access to healthcare can often be a nightmare for deaf people because so often the GP or hospital doesn’t book a qualified BSL interpreter.

CDA have produced a card for deaf people to hand directly to reception staff or nurses or doctors so their rights to an interpreter under the law are clear.

The cards explain how two pieces of legislation give deaf people the right to an interpreter. It couldn’t be clearer.

*Due to demand, there is a £2 charge for 10 cards to cover postage and printing*

The card also gives a few more tips for how healthcare providers can make some reasonable adjustments to make a deaf persons experience of their service accessible.

If you would like to order some cards, use the form below.


If you would like more information, please get in touch

Deaf Skywatchers plan new date

Organised by David Kettle and Godfrey Palmer, the club aims to bring the wonder of astronomy to the deaf community. Watch the video for more information

  • When: Saturday 23rd January
  • Time: 7pm
  • Where: Thorney Toll Village Hall (See map below)
  • Contact by Glyde or Text Godfrey on 07801 705659 or David on 07718 489396

Cam Uni Student Needs BSL Users for Research

Cambridge University Student Rowena Bermingham is looking for people to take part in her research into sign language.

Here’s what she says about her work:

My name is Rowena Bermingham and I am a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. My PhD research concerns the way native signers and non-native signers differ when they describe events. I have noticed that you have sent out some research requests to your mailing list recently. Although I understand not everyone will be a user of BSL, I am writing to ask if you could pass on an invitation to participate in my research study to the Cambridgeshire Hearing Help mailing list (see attached PDF). I also have a BSL translation and transcript available at www.rowenabermingham.com/get-involved

After I conclude my research, I would be happy to feed the results of my study back to Cambridgeshire Hearing Help. I will produce a report that will suggest how to help learners achieve more native-like proficiency in BSL. My research will also give an insight into issues with live interpretation of events by hearing interpreters.

As you aware, there is a real need for more research into BSL and more funding to support Deaf citizens (whichever language they use). I believe that the more research there is published about BSL, the more aware politicians and the academic community will be of the discrepancy between 1) how BSL and other UK languages (English, Welsh, Scottish Gallic and Irish) are treated in this country and 2) how Deaf and hearing citizens are treated. Hopefully this might encourage more funding for Deaf charities and teaching institutions.

R.Bermingham Email Flyer

Contact her directly via her website if you want to be involved

Working Together with Cambridgeshire County Council. CDA produce BSL translation video

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Charlene Spires provides the BSL translation

Cambridgeshire County Council want you to be more involved in the consultations and decisions that they make.

They have produced some new guidance called ‘Working Together with Cambridgeshire County Council’ to let people know what they can expect when they are looking to change a service or hold a consultation.

Working with CDA, the Council have produced this video which is a translation of the ‘Working Together’ document which explains how the Council will take into account the views of people who live in the area.

The Council commit to providing information in a range of languages, including BSL. You can watch the video below or on the Cambridgeshire County Council’s website with downloadable versions, such as easy read and large print.

CDA MediaThe video has been produced with BSL, subtitles and an audio track for people with visual impairments.

If you would like more information about how CDA Media can help you make your information accessible, please get in touch.