Ewing Foundation Chief Executive Officer Pauline Hughes retires today after fifty years of working with and for deaf children and young people.
Pauline has worked in a variety of settings, including as a Teacher of the Deaf and as Headteacher of Ovingdean Hall School. She has spent the last twelve years as CEO of Ewing Foundation for deaf children: ‘This post has been very fulfilling, and I am grateful to have had the experience of helping to develop the work of this unique and special charity with the support and help of a wonderful team and Trustees.’
She has witnessed great change over the course of her career:
‘The advances in technology and knowledge of language acquisition are accelerating, and deaf learners’ potential to develop spoken language on a par with their hearing peers, and to access mainstream curricula, are improving all the time. In 1967, I could never have dreamt that profoundly deaf children could have age-appropriate speech and language by the time they started school. There has been amazing progress, but still much to be done.’
Pauline is not leaving deaf education entirely; she remains a Trustee of Ovingdean Hall Foundation, a grant-making charity which supports education projects for deaf children.
An easy-to-use toolkit to help Teachers of the Deaf has been designed by Ewing Foundation in partnership with Connevans Ltd. The Ewing Foundation Speech in Noise Toolkit plays pre-recorded sound through the user’s own device (computer, tablet, smart phone) and includes all equipment needed to carry out accurate and repeatable speech in noise tests for pupils of all ages.
Diagram of the Ewing Foundation Speech in Noise Toolkit in use.
The Toolkit is intended for use in real-life school settings. While it is not intended to replace or replicate clinical test tools, when used as part of a range of tests, the Toolkit will provide useful, measurable and repeatable speech discrimination test results which will help inform decisions regarding the best provision for the child. It includes the Manchester Picture Test, Manchester Junior Word List and AB Short Word List, plus the required equipment needed to perform speech tests from a variety of devices.
The Toolkit is available from Connevans Ltd, priced at £895 (ex VAT and shipping). Please contact us if you would like to arrange a demonstration.
This year’s BATOD/ Burwood Park Foundation Special Interest Group event will return to The Bridge Training Centre in London on April 27th 2017. Tickets are £85 for BATOD members and £95 for non-members, including lunch. Topics include music, research and reducing stress. View Special Interest Group programme here Download booking form here
The Consortium for Research into Deaf Education (CRIDE) have published their 2016 Report, a survey of specialist educational services for deaf children. The Report, now in its seventh year, looks at education staffing and service provision in 2015/16. Ewing Foundation is a founder member of the Consortium. View the CRIDE 2016 Report here or visit BATOD’s website to view current and past surveys.
The Digital Economy Bill, which included a Clause proposed by our Trustee Lord Borwick, was discussed at the House of Lords on 8 February 2017. Visit House of Lords site. Lord Borwick spoke at 18.24.
The requested Clause will give the Secretary of State the power to make regulations to ensure that providers of on-demand television programmes make their services accessible to people with visual and/ or hearing impairments. The Regulations will require programmes to be accompanied by sub-titles, audio description and either presented in, or translated into, sign language. The Government have said that they will accept this amendment.
‘It’s great news that the Government have agreed this amendment as a growing number of deaf people need sub-titles,‘ says Lord Borwick. ‘While the television companies are improving their service voluntarily this will make even more programmes accessible.’
Pauline Hughes, part-time CEO for nearly 12 years, is finally being allowed to retire, as the Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of Anne-Marie Hall as her successor.
The charity has grown in size and scope over this time, and the new post, which was advertised on the BATOD website, is full-time to include field work as well as leading the organisation. Anne-Marie’s qualities, qualifications and experience are just what we were looking for. She has a grounding in the Voluntary Sector, and a range of experience as a Teacher of the Deaf.
Anne-Marie currently works for Wandsworth Sensory Support Service, where she is Teacher in Charge of a Hearing Support Centre within a secondary school, and will take up her new role after Easter. We look forward to working with Anne-Marie in the next phase of this unique charity, which celebrates its 65th year in 2017.