Speakers and exhibitors announced for London conference

We are delighted to confirm speakers and exhibitors for our ‘Working with deaf children and young people with additional or complex needs’ conference in London on 12th June 2024. The one-day event will take place at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), a short walk from Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations, and overlooking the Regents Canal. All tickets for the event have now been sold.

Among the speakers for the day are:

Verity Langlands: Verity, a Principal Audiologist at Seashell and Deputy Clinical Director and Lecturer at The University of Manchester, will be delivering a session on increasing accessibility to audiology services for children and young adults with complex needs.

Wendy Pallant: Wendy, a Qualified Teacher of Deaf Children and Young People (QToD), and a Qualified Teacher for Children and Young People with Multi-Sensory Impairments (QTMSI), will be sharing the practical strategies, approaches and resources she finds useful when working with children and young people with MSI or who are deafblind.  

Chloe Joyner: Chloe is the parent of a teenager who was born profoundly deaf, and diagnosed with Usher syndrome the following year. Chloe is the founder of Usher Kids UK, a charity that seeks to empower the next generation of children, young people and families living with Usher syndrome, by providing information, support and opportunities to connect. Their summer camp is now in its third year. Chloe will be talking about support for parents and carers of children with additional needs.

Further speakers to be announced in due course.

Among the exhibitors for the day are:

Ace Centre: A charity providing Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for people with complex needs. The charity offers assessment, training and information services across England, with a focus on AAC and AT, delivered by their multi-disciplinary team. Tina Voizey, their Information & Resources Manager, is a special educator with over 30 years’ experience working with learners with significant disabilities, many of whom use AAC in all its forms. Tina’s work with Ace Centre has led to the development of resources such as leaflets, eBooks, and symbol and alphabet charts, which Tina hopes will be helpful for people who use or could benefit from AAC.

School of Sexuality Education (SSE): An award-winning charity that provides comprehensive relationship and sex education (RSE) programmes to schools, colleges, and universities. Over the last three years, they have delivered adapted RSE workshops for deaf young people, focusing on puberty, identities, and consent and relationships. They are also in the process of developing a new training programme for Teachers of Deaf Children and Young People.

Pilot Theatre: a national and international theatre company creating work for, by and with young people aged 11-25. They seek to create a cultural space where young adults can encounter, express and interrogate big ideas that are relevant to their lives. Pilot has been developing partnerships with educators to enable more deaf young people to access their theatre productions and to take part in drama.

Toy Like Me: Karen Newell is co-founder and director of Toy Like Me, a community interest company established nine years ago with Rebecca Atkinson who is hearing and sight impaired. Toy Like Me starts playful conversations with children about disability, celebrating the power of disability representation in play, toys and the arts to boost self-esteem and grow open minds. Recent examples of their work includes the See It Be It exhibition distributed to 50 schools with deaf pupils. Karen is also the Play Consultant on Mixmups, a new stop frame animation on Milkshake featuring two lead disabled characters.

Our Conference is now SOLD OUT. Please email if you would like to be added to the cancellation list, or notified of future Ewing Foundation events.