News Archive

ANP CPD and Information Day
Date: Saturday 24 September 2011
Time: 10.00 – 4.00
Location: Central Birmingham
Programme To Include:
Presentations on The Equality Act 2010, Signature Update, Deaf Awareness, Note-Ed and Digi Pads
Networking Opportunities
Cost (including lunch):
ANP Members – free
Non-Members – £15
Please pass this information on to interested colleagues.
We look forward to meeting you on 24 September.
Enquiries to:

  • Notetaking course to run soon. Do you wish to work as a note taker with deaf and disabled students in further and higher education?

This portfolio based course will train you to take clear, informative notes for students with different disabilities. You will study the context and role of note takers, the note taking needs of students with disabilities and strategies for supporting a range of learning needs.

Course title: Notetaking for disabled students – OCNLR Open College Network London Region (OCNLR) awarded.


22/09/2011 to 20/10/2011. Five Consecutive Thursdays. (GN101)

Time of class:
10:00 – 17:00

The City Lit Centre for Deaf Education and Learning Support
Keeley Street

Contact: 020 7492 2725/6

  • We have just received this information from The Student Loan Company who say,  “Please access our latest Disabled Student Service Bulletin through this link.” The bulletin contains details of seminars which may be of interest to notetakers. ANP will be represented at the Birmingham event.
  • Deaf Awareness Week – 2-8 May. Look out for any events happening near to you.
  • ANP Management Committee meeting 20 April


biggest event of its kind in the UK for anyone who is D/deaf or interested in D/deaf issues – 16th April 2011

  • ANP AGM – will take place in London on 2 April.
  • Back by demand! British Sign Language Development 3 day course for BSL learners.

Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th April.

The University of Wolverhampton is offering the opportunity to join our 3        day BSL Development course and would like to invite your learners to attend.

The course will be taught by who is a senior lecturer here at the University, with over 10 years experience.

Course Contents:
* Aimed at learners that have achieved BSL level 2
* The course runs over 3 days and will be looking at receptive skills and production of sign language.
* Working with signed clips and live discussions.
* Participants will make use of and develop receptive skills.
* Language features of BSL will also be reviewed/taught using language awareness tasks
* Opportunity to practice and develop signing skills.

The cost of the course is £150 for 3 days.

Please contact us to book a place and for further information and costs.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact Andy Barlow:
Tel: 01902 323 518
Fax: 01902 323 365

  • A Reminder for ANP Members – if you’ve not already done so your membership is now over due for renewal.
  • London 2012 would like to invite you along to our Deaf Day, part of Diversity week. We have specifically selected members of the Deaf community because we value your opinions. This is your exclusive opportunity to be involved, find out what is being planned and contribute your views in order to make London 2012 fully accessible. There will be presentations, workshops, and crucially a chance to give us your thoughts and feedback about what you like and areas for improvement. There will be 4 BSL interpreters on hand during the event for accessible communication.

Date: Tuesday 8th March 2011
Time: 10am – 4pm including lunch
You will need to bring photo ID for entry.

For more details contact Josef Baines

  • The ANP Committee is meeting in London on 29 January. Email us for more details.

The Actual Signs team are pleased to announce a full Winter Programme of British Sign Language and Interpreting workshops and intensive Interpreter Development courses.  To book your place you can visit the website, email  info@actualsigns.comor phone on 0141 534 7912.

  • The ANP committee will meet on Saturday 13 November in London. Members are welcome to join us – for details email or contact a committee member.
  • From RNID    Take part in one of RNID’s overseas challenges and support our invaluable work for deaf and hard of hearing people across the UK


Trek the Inca Trail 2012  –  14 to 23 May 2011 – This is your chance to join us on this mystical step back in time and experience the real Inca Trail, rated amongst the ten best trekking trails in the world. Join us as we wind our way up the spectacular Inca Trail and enter the sun gate at dawn, seeing Machu Picchu in its full glory!

Trek the Great Wall of China 2011  –  4 – 12 June 2011 and 8-16 October 2011 A once in a lifetime experience – trek the Great Wall of China, one of the seven new wonders of the world, in the hills around Beijing. Experience the culture first hand and see hidden parts of this majestic structure, deep in the countryside away from the crowds.

For more details please contact Alaric or Alessandra on or 0207 296 8172 or visit the challenge link on our website:


  •  The ANP committee will meet in November
  • 3 Nov in London, UKCoD conference entitled ‘2010 and Beyond: Communication services for deaf people.’  Look here for more information.
  • Actual Signs’ top Ten Tips for communicating with Deaf people.  Actual Signs say they are now pleased to share their, ” rich, online Deaf Awareness resource available at with you and your colleagues. This information is useful for everyone but is especially helpful if you would like to direct someone to a FREE, quick and easy, online Deaf Awareness reference tool!”
  • Tendering Opportunities – London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games


 Dear the Deaf Community,

LOCOG will soon be advertising opportunities for businesses to tender for contracts to supply services such as BSL interpretation, Braille and speech to text reporting services. There will also be opportunities to provide audio/video translation in BSL and audio description.

In order for business to tender for these opportunities they must be registered on CompeteFor, this is the chosen website of London 2012 for the publication of Games – related contract opportunities. Once registered with CompeteFor businesses will automatically receive news of future tender opportunities from tier two suppliers or below. Register for CompeteFor to apply for this opportunity and to view current London 2012 tender opportunities.

Please forward this information to businesses who you think would be interested in taking part in the procurement process.

Many thanks,
Josef Baines, Chair

  • You can read UKCoD’s latest Parliamentary Report in our News Archive (this can be found under the “Information” dropdown on the left.)
  • Reports on recent ANP attendance at workshops can now be downloaded from the members area of the website.
  • CPD – appa are offering a professional workshop “Prevention Rather Than Cure” which is aimed at interpreters and may be of interest to notetakers as well as it’s aim may help to prevent RSI. The course is registered and accredited with ASLI for CPD credits. To be held in Greenwich on 21 and 28 October. Contact Julie Turner for further details.
  • The ANP has made a pledge in support of UKCoD
  • The ANP Committee met on 3 August 2010 in London.
  • The ‘DeafHealth Confidential Survey 2010.’  Sign Health would like their survey to be forwarded to anyone deaf who would like to complete it.  Small scale studies indicate deaf people suffer from worse physical health than hearing people.  This survey is to support these studies.  Here is the link to  the DeafHealth website site:    More info can be obtained from:
  • UKCoD Parliamentary Report

House of Commons
Hansard Written Answers
6th July 2010
Bus services
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 2000 to require all new buses to have audio and visual information systems.

Norman Baker: Research is currently being undertaken to assess whether the challenges of widespread implementation of audio visual equipment on buses can be overcome. This will assist the decision on whether to make amendments to The Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations to include a requirement for such systems to be fitted to buses. The research project has brought together a cross section of stakeholders, including Guide Dogs, Royal National Institute of Blind People and Royal National Institute for Deaf People. The project is scheduled to report in autumn 2010.

House of Commons
Hansard Written Answers
5th July 2010
Hearing Impairment
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will require health professionals to record and monitor the number of people with hearing impairment as a result of using personal music players at too high a volume; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what estimate he has made of the number of people in each age group who sought treatment for hearing impairment and loss arising from their use of personal music players in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Burstow: The Royal National Institute for Deaf People have conducted research that shows 66% of personal music player users are listening to music at louder than 85 decibels, which according to the World Health Organisation, can cause permanent hearing damage over time.

Health professionals focus on diagnosing and treating all those with hearing impairment. There are no plans to require monitoring of people whose hearing impairment is a result of using personal music players at too high a volume.
For any individual patient, it is very difficult to establish that hearing impairment is the result of listening to personal music players at high volume alone. The burden of doing so, and the subsequent monitoring of such cases, would require the creation of a national health service research project, with significant resource implications. Neither the Department or the NHS collect information about “the number of people in each age group who sought treatment for hearing impairment and loss arising from their use of personal music players”.
Given the difficulties in establishing the cause of hearing impairment no information is currently available about the number of people who sought treatment resulting from their use of personal music players.

House of Commons
Hansard Written Answers
Thursday, 3rd June
Baroness Coussins: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to use the data on languages gathered in the next census
Lord Taylor of Holbeach: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, Director General for ONS, to Baroness Coussins, dated May 2010.
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how the data on languages gathered in the next census is intended to be used.
The topics and questions included in the 2011 Census are the result of a four year period of extensive assessment and consultation with census users including central and local government, business, academics and members of the public.
The new questions on language in the England and Wales census will ask about the main language used and ability in speaking English and Welsh in Wales. These questions will help central government, local authorities and the NHS plan their resources and service provision for language support and translation services for non-English speakers, and in particular the impact of English (or Welsh) language ability on employment and other social inclusion indicators. Information on the number of British Sign Language (BSL) users will inform service planning and assist in developing policies to address the deaf community’s needs.
Government departments who have expressed a requirement for information on languages were the Department for Health, the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Education, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Home Office and the Welsh Assembly Government. Local authorities, academics, and special interest groups also expressed a need for such information.
A separate question on Welsh language will again be asked in Wales-as has been done in one form or other since the 1891 Census. Responses will provide information that will be used to measure the change in Welsh language proficiency to inform policy development and monitoring and to inform local resource allocation.

  • ANP Representatives will be attending the following events:

+ Association of Lipspeakers Annual Workshop10 July 2010
+ UKCoD “Shape Your Umbrella Days” in London and Birmingham

  • Congratulations to ANP member Natasha Charles on obtaining her First class degree in Language Studies from Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • ANP are now exploring external sources of funding for new projects.
  •  The Independent Safeguarding Authority Vetting and Barring Scheme has been halted according to a report from the BBC  If the scheme had gone ahead anyone working with children or vulnerable adults would have been required to register under the scheme; this would have been in addition to the requirement to have a CRB check.
  • 6 & 20 July 2010  As part of National Deaf Awareness Week Sign Solutions are offering Signature’s Level 1 Certificate in Developing Awareness and Communication with Deaf and Deafblind People at a special 2-4-1 discount.  Only pay 1 course fee when 2 people attend the above course. Please contact Kim Dobbs, Training Administrator on 0845 0770041 or for further information or to book your place.
  • 28 June – 4 July – National Deaf Awareness Week
  • 25 June 2010 – the ANP Management Committee will meet in London (venue to be confirmed)
  • 8 May 2010 – the ANP AGM  took place in Greenwich, London – a summary of the meeting will soon be available for members.
  • 10 April 2010  – the ANP stand at City Lit Deaf Day was a great success.


From 29/06/09 – 03/07/09, City Lit will run the OCN Electronic Notetaking course
For more information call 020 7492 2725 or email

The National Register of Communication Professionals Working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD), administrated by Signature, is introduced.
For more information on joining the register

January 2009

CACDP’s name has now changed to Signature. For more information

September 2008

Click here to download notes from meeting with AVSTTR Chair on 18/08/08.

July 2008

From January 2009 – October 2009,  the Scottish Sensory Centre will be running an online version of the new CACDP Level 3 Certificate in Modifying Written English Texts for Deaf People.  The L304 module, ‘Accessible English for Deaf and Deafblind People’ may be of interest to notetakers who wish to upgrade their existing notetaking qualifications to the new level 3 award and is available as a standalone unit.
For more information, contact:
Scottish Sensory Centre
Moray House School of Education
University of Edinburgh
Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
Tel: 0131 651 6501
Fax: 0131 651 6502
Textphone: 0131 651 6067
An application form can be downloaded here.

June 2008

Click here to download a copy of CACDP’s Tutor Training Programme 2008.

April 2008

At their General Meeting in February 2008, the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) membership voted to extend the membership categories.  This means that Electronic Notetakers are now eligible to join SASLI as Affiliate members.
Further details of eligibility, membership categories and an application form can be downloaded below:
Membership Categories
Membership Benefits
Membership Fees
Membership Application Form
Standing Order Form
For more information, contact Marion Fletcher (Policy Adviser) at or 141 202 0791 (voice)