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Read the latest news from RNID and stories from deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus.


How we’re influencing the UK National Disability Strategy

Our Director of Policy and Campaigns, Roger Wicks, explains the stance we and a number of disability charities are taking on the government’s upcoming National Disability Strategy, and how we believe the government can improve on its current flawed approach to creating the strategy. The Disability Charities Consortium We are a member of the Disability Charities Consortium (DCC), which brings CEOs and public policy leads from the UK’s leading influential not-for-profit disability organisations together to work with the government to ensure...

New remote training events for businesses

We’re offering 3 new remote courses to help businesses become more accessible In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been adapting our Louder than Words business accessibility services. Current restrictions mean we’re unable to provide face-to-face training so we’re offering 3 new remote events. These monthly sessions are designed to help organisations understand the barriers faced by staff and customers who are deaf or have hearing loss, and the steps they can take to overcome them. They’re available to book exclusively...

Twenty things you helped us achieve in 2020

Our Director of Policy and Campaigns, Roger Wicks, shares some of the key achievements you helped the Policy and Campaigns team to make happen in 2020. Roger Wicks interviewed on Sky News Happy New Year! 2020 was tough for a lot of people. The COVID-19 pandemic created more barriers and challenges for deaf people and those with hearing loss and tinnitus. But, despite this, we achieved some incredible things last year. In the Policy and Campaigns team, we worked with a variety of...

How video conferencing apps compare for accessibility

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, video calling services have become increasingly important to connect us to friends, family and work. But how do they compare for accessibility features that benefit deaf people and those with hearing loss? Jesal Vishnuram, our Head of Technology, reviewed eight video conferencing apps, looking at: audio and video calling qualitylive captions (also known as subtitles or live subtitles)transcriptionease of usecostmaximum number of users on a call. Live captions are automatically generated using artificial intelligence (AI) and appear...

How ‘Dinner Table Syndrome’ makes deaf people feel socially isolated

Evie explains how the dinner table can lead to social isolation for deaf people and those with hearing loss – and the adjustments hearing people can make for friends and family this Christmas. I was born hearing. I grew up the centre of attention, or at least battling my sister to be centre of attention. I am a very sociable person and love to be around friends and family, chatting, talking and generally putting the world to rights. I started to...

Old name, new purpose: Action on Hearing Loss becomes RNID again

https://youtu.be/q5xYVH45dDQ Hey, it’s the team at RNID here. We've recently gone back to our old, much-loved name after a decade as Action on Hearing Loss. We wanted to tell you why. The return to the household name, which dates back to 1911, is part of our ambitious plans to reach more of the 1 in 5 adults in the UK who are deaf or have hearing loss and the 1 in 8 who have tinnitus. The focus on the daily issues deaf...

How a gift in your Will could make a difference

A valid and up-to-date Will is one of the most important documents you will ever possess – but the process of writing one doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Hello, my name is David and I am the Gifts in Wills manager at RNID. Here, I’ll explain the importance of having a valid Will and how RNID benefits from the generosity of those who leave a charitable gift in their Will. Request your free Will guide Why do I need a...

Fletch@ on making it as a Deaf SignSong performer

Fletch@ is one of the UK’s leading Deaf SignSong performers. Otherwise known as Jayne Fletcher-Brander, the 36-year-old from Wolverhampton explains how music has kept her going "through her darkest days". It wasn’t until senior school that I realised I was deaf I was born prematurely. The nerves in my ears hadn’t developed correctly, which meant I was profoundly deaf. My family were all hearing with no experience of Deaf culture, identity or the language. My parents believed that I would ‘get by’...

Hands off our Hearing Aids: campaign update

A recent committee meeting shows Staffordshire and Stoke clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have yet to act on the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of hearing aids. On 14 September, councillors within Staffordshire’s Healthy Select Committee, which monitors and evaluates local health decisions, questioned Marcus Warnes, the Accountable Officer for the six CCGs in Staffordshire and Stoke. The Committee asked Mr Warnes what progress had been made in determining who will be eligible to receive hearing aids across the county, and...