Deaf Parenting Conference 2009: Education, Education, Education
To learn more about the conference 2009, see the following information:
- Conference Flyer
- Conference programme
- Speakers biography
- Welcome from Chair of Deaf Parenting UK
- Supporters of Conference
DPUK Clip 01 – Welcome to Deaf Parenting UK conference by Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London
DPUK clip 02 – Sabina Iqbal, Chair/Founder of Deaf Parenting UK
DPUK clip 03 – Mark Harper MP, Shadow Minister for Disabled People
DPUK clip 04 – Clarissa William, Past President of National Association of Headteachers (NAHT)
DPUK clip 05 – Questions & Answer session to the first three speakers.
DPUK clip 06 – The Children’s Plan – Julia Gault, Head of Families Engagement Divison, DCSF
DPUK clip 07 – Campaigning for childcare for all families – Emma Knight, Chief Executive of Daycare Trust
DPUK clip 08 – A Deaf Parent Perspective: Are we forgotten? – Carolyn Denmark, Deaf Parent
DPUK clip 09 – Questions & Answer session to the second three speakers.
DPUK clip 10 – Progress Report on Pledge for EHRC – Jackie Driver, Head of Policy, Equality & Human Right Commission (EHRC)
DPUK clip 11 – Kathy Robinson – Sign for Success
DPUK clip 12 – Language and Development – Professor Gary Morgan, Deputy Director of DCAL
DPUK clip 13 – Questions & Answer session to the third three speakers.
DPUK clip 14 – Discrimination and Human Rights – Zem Rodaway, Solictor, EHRC
DPUK clip 15 – Cedric Moon – Deaf parent’s perspective in accessing to child’s education.
DPUK clip 16 – Questions & Answer session on Discrimination/ Human Rights
DPUK clip 17 – Questions & Answer session on Discrimination/ Human Rights part 2 and closing summary/ feedback from Deaf parents.
Feedback from delegates on the conference 2009:
Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London: “Deaf parents face many daunting challenges in accessing their children’s education, and, indeed, playing a full part in that education. I hope that by hosting the Conference City Hall can facilitate deaf parents and all agencies to come together, identify common issues and move towards the solution”
Mark Harper MP, Shadow Minister for Disabled people: “It was a pleasure to speak at the Deaf Parenting UK conference. There is still a lot further to go in removing the barriers which deaf parents face on a daily basis, particularly with education.”
Clarissa Williams, Former Head teacher and President of National Association of Head teachers (NAHT): “It was both a privilege and an experience to have been invited to attend and contribute to the Deaf Parenting UK conference. Listening to the delegates and speakers I realised that the world of education still has some way to go to enact the principles as enshrined in law in order to ensure that deaf parents are allowed and indeed welcomed to join in the learning partnership that they so rightly desire for their children.
It was very salutary for me to observe how effectively the deaf community communicates using sign language and this brought home to me the importance of expanding the use of sign language to make communication real and effective amongst all parties.
I was occasionally saddened and ashamed to hear examples of prejudice that so often comes from ignorance and understand the need to work together with other agencies to reduce inequality through strong advocacy, challenge and support.
Deaf Parenting UK are to be congratulated in the assertive and professional manner in which they are leading in raising our awareness of the key issues affecting deaf parents and their children. As a former Head teacher I salute their determination and commitment and will do what I can to disseminate their message to the educational world.”
Julia Gault, Head of Families Unit, Families Engagement Division, Department Children, Schools and Families (DCSF): “The conference provided an important opportunity for deaf parents to bring their issues directly to those like myself working on the future direction of national policy. I appreciated the frankness with which they spoke of their experiences and how they would like to see things change. This has given renewed vigour to my work towards the Government 2020 Goal that all parents will be satisfied with the information and support they receive.”
Zem Rodaway, Solicitor, Equality and Human Rights Commission: “We welcomed the opportunity to participate in this important event and look forward to working with Deaf Parenting UK in the future.”
Cedric Moon, Deaf Parent:” It was very clear from the comments of the deaf delegates that there are wide variations in the standard of access to schools for deaf parents and information about schooling is routinely unavailable to them. What each deaf parent should have is a Government backed charter setting out what minimum services can be expected from schools as a statutory right. This would help schools face up to their responsibilities.”
Professor Gary Morgan, Deputy Director DCAL research centre, City University London: “I very much enjoyed meeting deaf parents and seeing how much DPUK is doing. The ESRC centre for Deafness, Cognition and Language is committed to informing parents about our research through a partnership with Deaf Parenting UK.”
Catherine Florry, Deaf Advocate: “Deaf Parenting UK is a positive support network. Education services provider should involve + value Deaf parents’s input in EVERY aspect of their service delivery. With rights comes as responsibility. Deaf parents / Foster carers would need information + support to understand this concept”.
Kathy Robinson, Sign for Success and a Deaf Parenting UK Ambassador: “The Conference was an eye opener. Excellent speakers and a real feeling of moving forward to address the needs of Deaf Parents. Deaf Parenting UK is keeping Deaf Parents high on the government’s agenda. A hugely informative, supportive successful day!”
Ceri Hughes, Director of KMPG LLP: “Many congratulations to Deaf Parenting UK on excellent conference. I very enjoyed attending the conference and meeting lots of different people and found the presentations very interesting.”