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Ilan Dwek becomes a valuable Trustee/Director for Deaf Aspirations

Outstanding lecturer, actor and researcher Ilan Dwek has become a valuable Trustee/Director for Deaf Aspirations

Ilan was born deaf and originally from London. At the start of his career, he was a computer programmer for several years before changing career and becoming a freelance actor, working on stage and TV, in the 1990s and 2000s. He seldom acts these days but has been employed by the University of Reading since 2011, working within the BA Theatre Arts Education and Deaf Studies [TAEDS] degree programme for Institute of Education (IoE) until the closure of the TAEDS degree programme in 2018. He focused on the signed theatre monologues, deaf studies, drama education for pupils with Special Needs.

In parallel with acting, he has been teaching for just over 2 decades, initially drama, before for a short spell teaching mathematics at a Special Needs school in Birmingham. At around the same time, he began teaching BSL, in conjunction with Linguistics, Deaf Awareness, History, Culture and Politics at various training centres in the UK.

Following the demise of the BA TAEDS course, Ilan started working with the Department of Languages and Culture (DLC) and playing a key part in the creation and development of the new BSL stages 1,2 & 3 as an optional module for any degree at the University of Reading. He continues at IoE lecturing on ‘Inclusion within education’ and ‘Education of deaf children’

Having graduated with BSc Mathematics in 1988, he then obtained a PGCE in 2013. Currently, he is a part-time PhD student looking at the Employability of Deaf adults; and separately is part of the Leverhulme-funded research project looking at Assistive Technology supporting deaf, dyslexic and ESOL students.


Read about our other Trustee/Directors by clicking here

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New Project funded by Government & National Lottery

Coronavirus Community Support Fund (HM Government & The National Lottery Community Fund) agree to support AACT & Deaf Aspirations with a grant for six months with their project entitled “Mental Health Wellbeing for Deaf Young People through Digital Technologies”

The main aim of this AACT4Children & Deaf Aspirations pilot community focused Online project will be to introduce Zoom, Skype, Face Time, Messenger & WhatsApp to a number of deaf children & young people and their families; and also some associated with speech, language and communication difficulties. We will look at how our project can help to combat mental health issues,enhance interactive communication and learning opportunities including Subtitling & Sign Languages for deaf children & their families; and also link up their community centres/schools/special units.

This partnership project is the ideal solution for video messaging within the home/school/community framework, allowing deaf children & young people, teachers, parents and friends to interact, share ideas and communicate in an enclosed and private environment. Zoom Skype & other digital systems give homes, schools/community centres, the opportunity to fully explore the potential of this real-time, child-safe, collaborative technology. Allowing their children/young people to learn, communicate and share with other children & young people from anywhere in the world in ways that were previously impossible.

It is the intention of AACT4Children & Deaf Aspirations to make it easier for teachers and parents to guide their deaf children & young people through this exciting new world of video communication, while avoiding the many dangers of unregulated public sites. By using Zoom, Skype & other technologies we want to make them as simple as we can for users who will need hardly any technical knowledge to get started. We will provide a secure, collaborative, communication space in which deaf young people can video chat with friends, send and receive video messages, share ideas, import and export videos, whilst the video walls encourage debate and interaction amongst young people, wherever their location.

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Tribute to Evelyn Stewart Carter, Hon. OBE

Due to her recent death, this brief Tribute is in recognition for all the outstanding support she gave to so many deaf and hearing children, young people and adults over a long period of time in the UK and in other parts of the world.

Due to her recent death, this brief Tribute is in recognition for all the outstanding support she gave to so many deaf and hearing children, young people and adults over a long period of time in the UK and in other parts of the world. Ken Carter was mainly responsible for introducing Evelyn to the Breakthrough (Deaf & Hearing) Integration Trust, FYD (Friends for the Young Deaf) and Deafax. She was responsible for sharing her communication, language, leadership & friendship skills to a number of deaf and hearing people including Morag Rosie, MBE whom she shared the post of Co-CEO for FYD for a number of years.

In the book “You can Do it” the FYD story is told by Morag Rosie & Stuart Harrison and Evelyn features considerably in it.
Ken has lots of lovely memories of Berlin where she was brought up and educated as they use to travel there to see her mother and enjoy this beautiful and historic city and all that it offered after the War.

Some photos show Evelyn and her loyal colleagues together plus one of the “Toffs at the Dorchester Hotel celebrating their success”.
Deaf Aspirations, which has grown out of the work of Breakthrough & FYD, is very proud to honour her selfless contribution to “Inclusiveness” in all its many forms. She was awarded an Honorary OBE for her inclusive services. “We shall Remember her”.

       

Fundraising

METEC Coronavirus Appeal

We are determined to fight on and publicise the excellent work we are achieving with deaf and disabled children, young people and adults, both nationally and internationally.

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, we realise that our educational technology enterprises are going to suffer financially. We are determined to fight on and publicise the excellent work we are achieving with deaf and disabled children, young people and adults, both nationally and internationally.

The METEC consortium aims to invest in a future where emerging digital online technologies, healthy living, improved accessibility, new business opportunities, more sport & creative arts / music can break down communication barriersand dramatically improve the quality of life of this and future generations of deaf and disabled people.

I would very much like to encourage you to think of how you, and your network of friends and colleagues, might support METEC at this Coronavirus landmark in our development.

It would be wonderful if we could, through all our respective connections, raise a substantial amount of funds towards our “INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF METEC”.

If you wish to donate, please either make cheques payable to DECIBELS or use our Decibels website forms including Gift Aid – http://www.decibels.org.uk/donate/

Many thanks indeed for your anticipated support.

Our Work

Entrepreneur’s Island

Deaf Aspirations wants to run a series of Inclusive courses for Deaf, Hard of hearing & Hearing people in 2021

Deaf Aspirations wants to emulate the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation’s vision by running a series of Inclusive courses for Deaf, Hard of hearing & Hearing people in 2021.
The following diagram helps to depict what is required to attain one’s Goals:

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What is a Car Loop – Graham Hocking

“What Is a Car Loop?” was filmed by Auralreactions with guest Graham Hocking who is very severely deaf and a Trustee of Deaf Aspirations demonstrating how he could easily listen to his car radio or passengers through a hearing loop.

“What Is a Car Loop?” was filmed by Auralreactions with guest Graham Hocking who is very severely deaf and a Trustee of Deaf Aspirations demonstrating how he could easily listen to his car radio or passengers through a hearing loop.

Jacqueline, his wife, and him were very impressed with this 1st video production. They thought the explanation was very clear and were very aware that a lot of work and effort had gone into this highly successful venture.

Please see the following links:

https://theauralreport.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/grant-awarded-from-seniors-secretariat-of-pei-2/.

https://youtu.be/Ca5cnPPCW64

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Personal Travel Agent – Julie Kenyon

Deaf Aspirations is very excited about promoting the use of the Personal Travel Agency Services run by Julie Kenyon in association with Co-operative Travel. What makes Julie different is that she has Deaf parents and knows about the complexities of deafness and all the challenges & issues that goes with speech, language & communication.

Deaf Aspirations is very excited about promoting the use of the Personal Travel Agency Services run by Julie Kenyon in association with Co-operative Travel. She is able to search through hundreds of suppliers and her services are completely free of charge.

What makes Julie different is that she has Deaf parents and knows about the complexities of deafness and all the challenges & issues that goes with speech, language & communication.

Ken Carter & Helen Lansdown have been using the Personal Travel Agency Services of Julie for the past five years, have known her since she was a child and cannot speak too highly of her ability to arrange and co-ordinate holidays for them. She is an outstanding communicator.

Her business depends on her Customers’ Personal Referrals, so if you are happy with her services please recommend her through the following:

https://www.thepersonaltravelagents.co.uk/find-your-personal-travel-agent/julie-kenyon/

Click here to view her Facebook Travel Page

About Julie Kenyon

Her contact details are: Direct line – 01892 516929; Mobile – 07791943102

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients she will use Skype & other Interpreting systems such as BSL/ASL to meet individual needs

The Personal Travel Agents is a trading name of The Midcounties Co-operative Limited. A registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 – No. IP19025R. Registered office; Co-operative House, Warwick Technology Park, Warwick, CV34 6DA. ABTA NO. G9172. Head Office; The Waterfront, 62 Wolverhampton Street, Walsall, WS2 8DD. Co-op Personal Travel Agents acts as an agent for ATOL holders and other principals.

Inspirational & Entrepreneurial Deaf & Hearing People

Friends for Young Deaf Aspirants

In memory of Denis & Eileen Uttley who did so much for FYD (Friends for the Young Deaf), Deaf Aspirations is setting up Friends for Young Deaf Aspirants (FYDA)

Deaf Aspirations is setting up the Friends for Young Deaf Aspirants in memory of Denis & Eileen Utlley who did so much for FYD (Friends for the Young Deaf) in the early days when they helped Morag Rosie & Evelyn Carter to create so many different opportunities for young deaf people to excel in leadership, management & educational training.

Read more about the lives of Denis and Eileen Uttley by clicking here.

Read Ken Carter’s FYD Testimonial by clicking here.

Our Work

Deaf Aspirations Leadership Training Courses

The Trustee/Directors of Deaf Aspirations have launched THE DEAF ASPIRATIONS LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSES FOR DEAF & HEARING YOUNG PEOPLE. They offer Presentation Skills Training; Presenting for Technical Specialists; Public Speaking Courses; Leadership Skills Training; Communication Skills Training;  Management Training Courses; Performance Management Training; Influencing Skills Training & Networking Skills Training.

Fostering, initiating and developing project concerned with aiming high and realising the potential of deaf people

Some proposed training courses:

  • Presentation Skills Training
  • Presenting for Technical Specialists
  • Public Speaking Courses
  • Leadership Skills Training
  • Communication Skills Training
  • Management Training Courses
  • Performance Management Training
  • Influencing Skills Training
  • Networking Skills Training
  • Personal Impact/Assertiveness Skills Training

Fundraising

Gift In Will

Please fill out the attached form to leave a gift in your will

Gifts in Wills provide a vital source of funding for Deaf Aspirations Leaving a gift in your will is a simple yet meaningful way of leaving a lasting gift.

How to leave a gift in your Will

We recommend that you seek the advice of a solicitor to ensure that your wishes are carried out correctly

If you are writing your Will for the first time, then all you need to do is make your solicitor aware of your plan to leave a gift to Deaf Aspirations.

If you have already written your Will, then you just need to make a simple addition or amendment to your Will. To do this you just need to provide your solicitor with a completed Codicil Form.

There are several ways you are able to leave a gift

  • A residuary legacy: this is a percentage of what remains of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid.
  • Example wording: ‘I give to Deaf Aspirations of Room119, Building LO24,Learning Hub, Institute of Education, University of Reading, London Road, Reading, Berks RG1 5AQ, Company Registration No.08039828 all [or ……% share] of my residuary estate for its general charitable purposes. I declare that the receipt of the duly Authorised Officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors.’
  • A pecuniary legacy: this is a gift of a fixed sum of money.

Example wording: ‘I give to Deaf Aspirations of Room 119, Building LO24,Learning Hub, Institute of Education, University of Reading, London Road, Reading, Berks RG1 5AQ, Company Registration No.08039828  free of all tax the sum of £…… for its general charitable purposes. I declare that the receipt of the duly authorised Officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors.’

A specific legacy:  a specific gift or object, such as property, stocks and shares or personal items such as jewellery.


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Let’s Learn Together – Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq

A video about Speech, Language, BSL British Sign Language), Communication, Education, Inclusion, Ethnicity and Equal Opportunities by Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq

Deaf Aspirations is delighted to promote DEWA’s (Deaf Ethnic Women’s Association) “Let’s Learn Together” Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/87476850 – as it is about Speech, Language, BSL( British Sign Language), Communication, Education, Inclusion, Ethnicity, Equal Opportunities.

We are delighted that Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq is involved in the Vimeo, is the Chair of DEWA as well as being the Co-Chair of Deaf Aspirations. We consider her to be a great role model as she tries so hard to practice what she preaches – see her profile on the Deaf Aspirations website- http://www.deafaspirations.org/directors/

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CALYPSO Project

An exciting new Audiovisability & Decibels project working with Deaf, Autistic and Hearing performers in Barbados, UK and other parts of the World

An exciting new project working with Deaf, Autistic and Hearing performers from Barbados, UK and other parts of the World. Working with Audiovisability, which is run by Ruth Montgomery, Ken Carter, Peter Boos & others are currently planning an exciting new project called Calypso.

Calypso will involve an array of Deaf, Autistic and Hearing performers from around the world and will reach children, young people and adults through live performances, films, YouTube videos, social media and more, and through visits to schools and other venues.

The project is being organised by Ruth Montgomery and Eloise Garland (the first Deaf student to attend City University, London, to read Music) and others, who are excellent role models.

SpecialKidz and Deaf Aspirations will be supporting this Calypso Project being led by Audiovisability and Decibels.

 

Please read the following short speeches delivered by Helen Lansdown and Ken Carter by clicking on the links below:

Read Ken’s short speech                     Read Helen’s short speech

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Deaf Education: A New Philosophy

Research at NTID ( National Technical Institute for the Deaf) at the RIT(Rochester Institute of Technology, New York State) is shifting the way deaf students are being educated. Read on for more.

Research at NTID ( National Technical Institute for the Deaf) at the RIT(Rochester Institute of Technology, New York State)  is shifting the way deaf students are being educated. Recent research suggests that even with qualified interpreters in the mainstreamed classroom, educators need to understand deaf children learn differently, are more visual, and often process information differently than their hearing peers. See more from this important research from the following link- http://www.rit.edu/showcase/index.php?id=86

International

Life and Deaf – BBC Four

An immersive, experiential film in BSL about the deaf world, with its unique humour and culture.

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Raising the Bar

The ‘Raising the Bar’ project was developed by the National Deaf Children’s Society in 2015 to drive expectations of what deaf children and young people in the UK can achieve in dance and music.

The ‘Raising the Bar’ project was developed by the National Deaf Children’s Society in 2015 to drive expectations of what deaf children and young people in the UK can achieve in dance and music.

In January 2016, we were incredibly excited to launch the competition for Raising the Bar 2016! The competition was open to deaf young people between the age of 8 and 18, who are skilled in dance, music and drama. We asked deaf children and young people from all over the UK to send in a video of their performance skills and a record breaking 24 lucky winners will receive a place at a masterclass directed by leading deaf professionals in the industry, at the prestigious mac Birmingham in the West Midlands.

Please watch this space for more information about our amazing winners. In the meantime, why don’t you consider attending the end of event Raising the Bar showcase? See here for details!

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International

Questions for WFD members – Deaf Street Children Rights

The WFD is writing a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about street children. Do you have experience working with deaf street children, or deaf children leaving school to join street gangs or mafia type groups?

The WFD is writing a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about street children.
Do you have experience working with deaf street children, or deaf children leaving school to join street gangs or mafia type groups?

We would like to learn from your experiences to inform our advocacy. You may wish to answer some or all of these questions:

  1. Why do you think that deaf children become street children? What are the risk factors and how can these be addressed?
  2. What do you think are good strategies and practices to prevent deaf children from leaving home/school and turning to the street and getting involved in street gangs?
  3. If deaf children do become street children, or involved in street gangs, what do you think are best practice intervention strategies to help and support these children?
  4. What recommendations should WFD make to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to help them to understand the situation of deaf children on the streets, and know how to best help them?

Your submission to WFD can be kept anonymous, or attributed to you or your organisation.
Please let us know how you wish to be named or not named in our submission.
We need any input you would like to make (written email or short sign language video) by Wednesday, 23 March.

 

Please see more on the WFD Website

International

Support for Nikita in Barbados

Nikita lives in Barbados, is profoundly deaf and is attending evening classes at the Springer Memorial School. She will be sitting 4 CXC subjects in 2016 and is being supported by Bonnie & Shanell with invaluable sign language and notetaking so that she can follow & participate in all her classes & other activities.

Nikita lives in Barbados, is profoundly deaf and is attending evening classes at the Springer Memorial School. She will be sitting  4 CXC subjects in 2016 and is being supported by Bonnie & Shanell with invaluable sign language and notetaking so that she can follow & participate in all her classes & other activities. Through the generosity of Peter & Jan Boos the cost of the support is being met by them. Part time day employment for Nakita, during the period she is studying for her CXCs, is being sought. She has expressed strong interest in computers and cooking. Deaf Aspirations International wants to work with the Barbados Ministry of Education and The Aspire Foundation(Barbados ) which Peter Boos has founded, to support other “deaf aspirants” like Nikita with their education and employment and help them fulfil their ambitions.

Names: Back Row: Peter, Shanell, Jan. Front Row: Cheryl (mother), NIKITA, Bonnie

Names:
Back Row: Peter, Shanell, Jan.
Front Row: Cheryl (mother), NIKITA, Bonnie

International

Deaf Children and Asian Adolescents – Their Mutual Struggle with Emotional Expression

Read Rubbena's full presentation from ICED, Athens 2015 on the struggles faced by Deaf Children and Asian Adolescents around Emotional Expression.

In July 2015, our Co-chair of Directors Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq delivered this presentation titled “Deaf Children and Asian Adolescents – Their Mutual Struggle with Emotional Expression” at the ICED (International Congress for the Education of the Deaf) in Athens. Rubbena was sponsored on this trip by our partner, Specialkidz.

Please click on the thumbnails below to see the full presentation in PDF format.

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International

Planning International Partnership Projects with Specialkidz, Decibels & The Aspire Foundation (Barbados)

Deaf Aspirations, Specialkidz, Decibels and the Aspire Foundation (Barbados) are planning to develop partnership projects to support young people & adults who are deaf, blind, autistic or have other disadvantages or disabilities.

Deaf Aspirations, Specialkidz, Decibels  & the Aspire Foundation (Barbados), through Ken Carter and Peter Boos who have known each other through their Oratory School (England) connection for over 53 years, are planning to develop partnership projects between their respective organisations for supporting children, young people & adults who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, deaf/blind, autistic or have other disadvantages and disabilities.

ASPIRE Foundation – the Corner Stone of the Barbados Third Sector

ASPIRE want to become a global hub of excellence for philanthropy and social change. They are, a local non-profit organisation which is dedicated to ‘helping charities help’, and was established in early 2015 to meet this need. The quality standards model is currently being developed with an expert collective of business professionals/volunteers, entrepreneurs and local/international charity workers. They aspire to be the first choice support resource for charities – helping them to become more financially viable via access to expert operational support, wider philanthropic networks and the latest ideas/developments in the global third sector. This is crucial, not only for generating more profits and therefore more donations for their respective causes, but fundamental to staying afloat as a charity. The biggest challenge for any charity is sustainability.

By 2020, Aspire aim to be a global hub of excellence for philanthropy and social change, in order to help secure a stable future for the generations of today and tomorrow. Failure to act now will surely see their quality of life diminish. An expert collective (of business professionals/volunteers, entrepreneurs and local/international charity workers) is working with them to develop ASPIRE’s programming. Based on their  research and experience in Barbados and internationally, ASPIRE intends help local charities and non-profits become sustainable, successfully attract funding and other support that will make an even greater impact on  their communities. When working  collaboratively with Deaf Aspirations ,Specialkidz, Decibels,  Philanthropists, Government Agencies, Private Corporations, Individuals and NGOs can have a huge impact on human development in Barbados. Under Peter Boos’ leadership they want to  demonstrate their commitment to social development projects by sharing their many resources in a strategic, collaborative and effective manner. The contribution of foreign investors and partners are recognised with much gratitude and they want to respond creatively to the challenges they face in Barbados.

Click here to see ASPIRE’s prospectus, here to learn more about ASPIRE, or visit ASPIRE’s website here.

Our Work

What We Do

We also organise: Elite Sports Activities Creative Arts Activities BSL (British Sign Language) Teaching Courses IT/Computer Science Courses Employment/Work Related Courses Deaf Enterprise of the Year Award Organise Social Events: Luncheon Parties, Rambling, Creative Arts & Craft Activities etc.

We also organise:

  • Elite Sports Activities
  • Creative Arts Activities
  • BSL (British Sign Language) Teaching Courses
  • IT/Computer Science Courses
  • Employment/Work Related Courses
  • Deaf Enterprise of the Year Award
  • Organise Social Events: Luncheon Parties, Rambling, Creative Arts & Craft Activities etc.

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Millfield Experience 2015

Proud of their programmes, Millfield provides students with an all-round experience and a variety of activities each week.

The Millfield Experience 2015Millfield Enterprises provide students with an all-round experience. They are proud of their course programmes and to have a variety of afternoon academies, clubs, evening activities and excursions available each week.

Millfield Enterprises’ main focus is on providing students with high quality English lessons during their stay. All students attending their courses will study 15 hours of English tuition per week!

From their 14 years of experience running the Millfield English Language Holiday Courses, Millfield have developed the best techniques to enable them to cater for the needs of individual students.

The Millfield Experience includes:

  • High quality English language tuition
  • A great nationality mix
  • Fantastic facilities
  • An excellent reputation
  • It’s accredited to the British Council
  • They are a member of English UK and Quality English
  • Cambridge & Trinity Exam Centre
  • A superb social programme
  • Boarding School Accommodation
  • Excellent exam pass rate
  • Excellent staff to student ratio
  • A safe, welcoming school environment
  • Staff who are motivated and professional
  • High returner rate

For more information contact Mark Greenow – Director of Millfield Holiday Courses & Events.
Details are available at www.millfieldenterprises.com and www.englishholidaycourses.com

Deaf Aspirations, SpecialKidz and Decibels are planning to be involved with The Millfield Experience in 2016. Please contact Ken Carter for more information by email at ken.carter@decibels.org.uk, or by phone at +44 (0)118 931 3240 (work) or +44(0) 1491 576281 (home)

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Why the internet ‘inventor’ backs Henley man’s charity

“Whilst Dr Vinton Cerf is the Honorary President of Deafax, he and his wife, Sigrid want to support the important work of Deaf Aspirations”- see their interest in Deafness in the below Henley Standard article.

“Whilst Dr Vinton Cerf is the Honorary President of Deafax, he and his wife, Sigrid want to support the important work of Deaf Aspirations”- see their interest in Deafness in the below Henley Standard article.

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Aspirational Quotes

A collection of aspirational quotes to motivate, inspire and encourage.

Compiled here is a collection of aspirational quote spanning generations and ages to inspire, encourage and motivate you to aspire to be the person you want to be.

  • Dr. King Jordan, the seventh president of Gallaudet University, Washington DC,USA 1988-2006, quoted Frederick Schreibert, saying, “Deaf people can do anything hearing people can, except hear,” which became the motto of the deaf community.
  • Stephen Hawking, who has had motor neurone disease from the age of 21, is a cosmologist, a successor to Isaac Newton as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, and has had to overcome extraordinary obstacles in his life. Where he is most admirable is in his attitude to his disability – “I believe that disabled people should concentrate on things that their handicap doesn’t prevent them from doing  and not regret those they can’t do”.
  • “Educate them young and communicate with them for life “ These are words which Mike Duxbury who is totally blind, formerly with Vodafone and a Director of EASiTEC (www.easitec.co), believes in !!
  • “Live to learn and learn to live “ and  “Failure breeds success and it never fails” are two quotes which Ken Carter – Director of Deaf Aspirations & other educational enterprises – uses almost daily and is part of his philosophy on life.
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle.
  • “We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities”. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” Aspirational quote by Arthur C. Clarke
  • “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds”. – Albert Einstein
  • “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do”. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “Hearing people love English and its richness ; however, it is seen by the deaf community as a tool to achieve equality but no one realises that deaf people love sign language and its richness in the same manner”
  • “If you always do what you’re always done.
    You’ll always get what you’ve always got”
  • “We are difference
    for respecting difference
    for allowing difference
    until difference doesn’t matter anymore”
  • “Assert your right to make a few mistakes.
    If people can’t accept your imperfections that their fault”

    – Aspirational quote by Dr David M.Burns
  • “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one”
    Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
  • “Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognise a mistake when you make it again”
    – Aspirational quote by Franklin P. Jones
  • “Its always helpful to learn from your mistakes because your mistakes seem worthwhile”
    Garry Marshall
  • “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
    Talent will not; nothing is more common  than unsuccessful men with talent.
    Genius will not; genius is almost a proverb.
    Education will not; the world is full of education derelicts.
    Persistence & determination alone are omnipotent.
    The slogan “Press on “ has solved and always will solve  the problem of the human race”

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Deaf Children slip further behind

“Deaf Children slip further behind as latest figures show drop in GCSE pass rates”- Hearing Times (Spring 2015)

Revolutionary Approach to Deaf Education?

Ken Carter who was a former Teacher/Lecturer of the Deaf, a parent of a deaf daughter, helped to set up Deafax, Deaf Aspirations, Specialkidz and just recently GOALS4LIFE (Global Online Assisted Learning & Support) intends to address this very unsatisfactory situation with the Department for Education and other bodies responsible. If this happens in England, how do other deaf children perform in the rest of the UK, Europe and worldwide? He, and other deaf and hearing colleagues, have spent a lot of time  trying to raise the levels of literacy ,numeracy ,communication & academic performance of deaf children through their respective educational enterprises but these results show up the inadequacies of Deaf Schools, Hearing Support Units, Teachers of the Deaf, Parents and other organisations associated with Deaf Education in England. When one considers that the majority of deaf children spend only about 25% of their education actually at school and 75% away from school at home (weekends/holidays etc.)this situation needs a “revolutionary approach” probably through increased use of technologies, creativity and outstanding mentoring/tutoring/teaching in and out of the classroom. Exploring Home Access & Out of School Activity programmes are essential. If these DfE statistics are correct, a new approach to Deaf Education to raise standards for the 64% ,whom the system fails ,needs to be urgently implemented.

Ken and his colleagues will be also promoting GOALS4LIFE (Global Online Assisted Learning & Support) which is soon becoming a company limited by guarantee/social enterprise as well as working with the Directors of Deaf Aspirations, Deafax and Specialkidz together with Professor Harold Johnson who is involved with www.deafed.net in the USA .

Comments are very much  welcomed from any of the readers….

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Deaf children slip further behind as latest figures show drop in GCSE pass rates Hearing Times Spring 2015

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Breakthrough London Focus Newsletter 1973

Alan Murray, MBE – Chair of Deaf Aspirations - used John Donne (1572-1631)'s quote for a Breakthrough London Focus newsletter when he was its editor in 1973.

Alan Murray, MBE – Chair of Deaf Aspirations – used John Donne (1572-1631)’s quote for a Breakthrough London Focus newsletter when he was its editor in 1973.

“No Man is an Island” to flag up communication partnership between deaf and hearing people.

The length of his poem:
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as a manor of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

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Breakthrough 40th Anniversary Reunion

Breakthrough 40th Anniversary Reunion at the Calcot Hotel, Reading on the 13th November, 2011.

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Ken Carter’s short speech

1.DEAF & DUMB /AT HOME MEETINGS

When I came into the world of deaf people about 50 years ago mainly through Denis Uttley and Dawn, a deaf daughter, they were generally known as the “Deaf and Dumb”. When I started to attend the early Deaf/Hearing Group “At Home “ meetings I soon realised when watching and listening to the likes of George Drewry, Peter Howes, Graham Hocking, Andrew & Diane Kenyon and many others that the word was not applicable  and totally inappropriate. I soon realised that deaf people had the same range of abilities and intelligence as hearing people. This was very inspiring to me as a teacher.

2.FRIENDSHIP JOKE

I was incredibly naïve with regard to communication and sign skills in those early days of the “Group” and “Breakthrough”. At one of the first meetings, I tried to put over the importance of “friendship” between deaf and hearing people. I used the following sign for “friendship”. It really shocked and confused those at the meeting .At break time Dawn Jarrett showed me the sign for friendship the one for deeper forms of friendship. David for the next couple of years always used this sign to signify my sign name..Ha Ha !!

3.THORPENESS/PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

I can remember Diane communicating with Andrew and others in a very concerned and dramatic way about the ignorance of deaf young girls about personal and intimate relationships in sexual matters. Andrew nodded with approval but was not sure about his role in such matters. Diane did organise some important sessions on the subject. Diane will be pleased that Deafax has ventured into this area through highly explicit materials which are now put across to deaf children throughout the country by a team led by Rubbena. I would like to ask Rubbena to present Diane and Andrew with a DVD about Sexual Health. They may learn a thing or two about this most human of subjects.

4.CALIFORNIAN EXPERIENCE/SIGN NAME

As I was disturbed that very few of UK deaf people  were going on for Higher Education, I was able to go the CSUN (Californian State University Nothridge) for six weeks to see how 200 deaf students had been admitted and what support provision they were given. When I introduced myself to Dr Herb Larsen other staff and students I made an embarrassing mistake. I said I was an “English Gentleman” in BSL.Herb then questioned me with the following- Aren’t  you married ? Yes; Don’t you have children? Yes; and you are “GAY” as well. No. The sign I used in BSL was G (gentleman) but the same sign in ASL was GAY.As you can imagine, I was held in high esteem as many gay people were coming out at that time in California. Herb used the sign as my “sign name” whilst I stayed at CSUN but the students were really impressed that British were so open about their lives and how they saw themselves.Ha Ha !!

5. CONTRIBUTION TO INCLUSION – THANKS

I want to thank ALL of you for your contribution to improving the inclusion of deaf people into our society. I have had the privilege of working with the following who have been awarded top honours for their services to others whether deaf or hearing:

Morag Rosie MBE; Evelyn Carter, OBE; David Hyslop, OBE; Craig Crowley, MBE; and recently Laraine Callow, MBE and finally Alan Murray, MBE.

Let’s give them whether they are here or not a well deserved round of “APPLAUSE”.

Before I finish my 5 minutes ramble, I want to thank my wife, Helen Lansdown for all her personal support to me and also for her contribution to Deafax as its CEO.

Finally, I do want to thank Graham Hocking and Alan Murray for the excellent contribution to the success of this luncheon. Three cheers- Hip Hip Hurrah, Hip Hip Hurrah and Hip Hip Hurrah.

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Tribute to Denis Uttley

Address given by Ken Carter at the Yeovil Crematorium on September 3rd 1999. A transcript of the scanned pages are provided to the left for accessibility sake.

Eileen has asked me to say a few words about Denis and I feel honoured to do so. Helen Lansdown will interpret for our deaf friends. It is not an easy task as this man was a COLOSSUS in every sense of the word. We could easily bestow on him the title “DENIS the GREAT”. Unlike Alfred, Alexander and others who have been given this addition to their names, he wielded the PEN not the sword. He must rate as one of the most prolific letter writers of the 20th Century. His battle was concerned with the condition of “WORDLESSNESS.”

People in West Bradley and its surrounds would not be aware of and know his worldwide connections. He wrote to all and sundry – presidents, monarchs, politicians, musicians, philosophers, clerics, writers and film stars and got many positive replies. You name a person and the chances are that he has sent them a letter or one of his ‘word filled’ cards. I would like to mention the names of three. Sir Allen Lane of Penguin Books who helped to set up Friends for Young Deaf People – Sir Allen was intrigued with Denis’ style of writing and wanted to know more about this linguistically able individual. The same was to happen with Dame Bridget D’Oyly-Carte of Savoy and Opera fame who was to be the Patron of the Breakthrough (Deaf/Hearing) Integration Trust, which helped Denis to establish. The most recent letter was to Bill – not Clinton, though he probably did write to him – but Gates of Microsoft on behalf of Deaf@x and De@fchild International.

Receiving a card from Denis was such a joy and a good experience. He intertwined his pearls of wisdom so eloquently. He developed the “Uttley Style” of writing which had its roots in the very best use of the English Language.

I have tried to write a number of words on a postcard using Denis’ technique to convey something of his life. Each word has a story which I haven’t time to tell you today.

There will be other opportunities in London to commemorate his life, and his interaction and friendship with other deaf and hearing people. So, let me read these words to you. I know Denis is listening and watching and he may even add a few more for us!

“Manchester, family business, stammer, reading & writing skills, the Navy, HMS Ganges, war, convoys, Battle of Britain, Lord Dowding, young pilots, 12 Legions of Angels, Spiritualism, University of Manchester, teacher training, deafness, the Ewings, marriage to Eileen, honeymoon – Lockerbie, scouting, camping, speech, language & communication, schools for the deaf, Old Kent Road, Molly Johnson, Tommy Steele, Helen Keller, Marcel Marceau, New Malden, Jean – daughter, Andrew – son, Chris – grandson, Chaucer, Westminster Abbey, Wordsworth, Poets’ Corner, Shakespeare, The Bible, philosophers, firewood, vans, children, Europe, fun, games, prayer and meditation, Diane and Andrew Kenyon, Breakthrough, families, deaf/hearing, Thorpeness, Gulbenkian (Richard Mills), projects, Morag and Hamish Rosie, David Hyslop & Dawn Jarrett, Glastonbury, West Bradley, garden, thinking, universe, creation, Creator, world of sound & world of silence, letter writing, seed sowing, internationalism, Deaf@x, ICT, De@fchild UK & International, friendships, mothers as first teacher, eternity, issues, race, equal opportunities & disability, networking, sharing, finding your life line, thinker & doer, French speaker, story teller, Chinese food, acquiring wisdom.”

Phew! Wasn’t that a challenging list of WORDS?

I want to pay special tribute to Eileen. She was a tower of strength in their very equal relationship, which went on for 56 years. She was a brilliant teacher of deaf children in her own right and brought up her own children Jean and Andrew in a loving, caring and thoughtful way. Denis always singing her praises as he said recently…

How God and a truly good wife can make some sort of a man out of no sort of material is a real mystery to me…

I think he truly meant that.

With regard to Jean and Andrew, he was quietly proud of their many achievements: Andrew going to Cambridge with Engineering and musical talents, and Jean reading Music at Exeter University and later becoming an outstanding Music teacher. denis often mentioned Chris with great affection and love.

I know Denis was so delighted with Andrew’s forthcoming marriage to Jane in Edinburgh. Unfortunately, he was not going to be able to attend to Eileen had arranged for me to stay with him whilst she went. In a recent card he writes about having a ‘Chinese takeaway’ to save me from cooking. He seemed to relish the idea.

Happy is a man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding

Denis was, and is happy – he found wisdom and understood what it was about. He is excited about the challenges ahead in the spiritual world that he has now entered.

Thank you, Denis, for being my Mentor and friend. Your example has been of the highest standards.

Incidentally, I put on my Royal Marine tie for you especially!

“Sailor’s farewell” from all your friends who have gathered here today. Enjoy the next voyage of discovery!

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