Digital Economy Bill

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.’



New kid on the block: Ewing Foundation appoints a new chief executive

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.

BATOD South AGM, November 2016

BATOD (British Association of Teachers of the Deaf) South will be holding its Annual Gennovember-2016-v2-2eral Meeting at the Acorn Family Centre, 101 Nightingale Lane, Wandsworth, London SW12 8NA on 17 November 2016.  There will be an informal networking evening; BATOD members, potential members and non-members welcome.

The event will take place 5pm – 7pm and is a great opportunity to network with colleagues, meet manufacturers and find out more about the work of BATOD.

Please can you book by 3 November by emailing


Next GLADE event, November 2016

The next GLADE conference will take place in London on 18 November 2016. Event programme and registration details here.

GLADE (Greater London Affiliation for Deaf Education) is our focus group for professionals working in resource provisions across Greater London.

The aims of the group are to share good practice through discussion and training opportunities, and to alleviate the isolation of specialist staff by encouraging networking and peer support.