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Harrow’s Deaf Awareness Day – 13th May 2013

Harrow Deaf Awareness Day, Harrow Council on Monday 13th May 2013, 9am – 4.30pm

Harrow Asian Deaf Club (HADC) are pleased to have the presence of Councillor Nizam Ismail, The Mayor of Harrow; John Purnell GM QPM DL, Deputy Lieutenant for Harrow and Margaret Purnell (Patrons of HADC) to launch Harrow Deaf Awareness Day on 13th May 2013 at Harrow Council.

HADC is also delighted to secure many excellent speakers with powerful messages being sent out across out to local community and service providers including:

  • Asif Iqbal MBE, President of HADC
  • Councillor Nizam Ismail, Mayor of Harrow
  • John F Purnell GM QPM DL, Deputy Lieutenant for Harrow & Margaret A Purnell, Patrons of Harrow Asian Deaf Club
  • Bilal Khaku, Hatch End High School, giving powerful messages of why Deaf Awareness is important.
  • Michael Lockwood, Chief Executive of Harrow Council

This is FREE event for all, start at 9am with tea/coffee provided.

Also at the venue, the Member Lounge will also hold 25 stalls, thus offering great opportunities for deaf people to find out what services are on offer and for hearing people to see what support/ resources/ information they needs to improve their services and ensuring on accessibility.

The event will offer an opportunity for service providers, council staff, deaf adults & their families, deaf children/ young people & their families and community groups to have a say in how they access services, the barriers they face and what support/ improvements need to be in place to remove such barriers.

The ‘Question Time’ sessions (similar to BBC Question Time) is a fantastic opportunity to enable deaf people and service providers to put forward questions to the panel members on the subject of accessing Council services, services for Children, and access to Leisure, Arts, Theatre and Cinema. Also to encourage further discussion and debate on what should happen to meet the needs of deaf children/ young people/ adults and their families and to enable them to have equal access to services.

The event will be fully accessible to all delegates with BSL interpreters provided and Palatypist on the day.

Below is the list of all Question Time sessions and the Panellist members involved.

1) Question Time: ‘Access to Council Services’

(Social Services, Housing, Community and Equalities)

Chair: Councillor Graham Henson, Cabinet Member of Performance, Customer Services and Corporate Services Portfolio Holder

The Panel Members:

Paul Najsarek, Corporate Director of Community, Health and Wellbeing

David Buxton, Chief Executive of British Deaf Association

Iain Sutherland, Deaf Equality Officer, Bristol City Council

Opening remark – Suzy Talbot, Deputy Editor, Harrow Observer Newspaper

‘My dream and your dream’ – Ammaar Hussein, Hatch End High School

2) Question Time: ‘Access to Children, Schools and Families’

Chair: Professor Bencie Woll, Director of Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre, University College London

The Panel Members:

Catherine Doran, Corporate Director of Children and Families

Nicola Ward, Director of London National Deaf Children Society

Sabina Iqbal, Chair of Deaf Parenting UK

3) Question Time: ‘Access to Leisure, Arts, Theatre and Cinema’

Chair: Marianne Locke, Divisional Director Community & Culture

The Panel Members:

Tim Bryan, Service Manager of librarians, Sports and Leisure

Deepa Shastri, Performer, Paralympic Opening Ceremony

Andrew Hoey, General Manager, Harrow VUE Cinema

Closing Remark: Councillor Nana Asante, Deputy Mayor of Harrow

This is also an excellent opportunity for YOU to meet with other stakeholders including deaf children, young people and adults and their families and service providers, to work together and see how we can move toward to improve access to services for all.

The event is supported by The Harrow Observer Newspaper, Harrow Community Radio, Harrow Times, Harrow Borough Council, CommunityID and Hatch End High School

An event not to be missed.

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