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Emergency First Aid at Work

Tuesday 18th September saw 10 ALAS members complete a First React ‘Emergency First Aid at Work RQF Level 3 Qualification’.   Trainer, Joe, taught members essential life saving first aid techniques, including CPR and AED.     Members who hold this essential skill have it listed on their ALAS directory listing.  

Emergency First Aid at Work2018-10-01T11:33:04+01:00

Lipreading Awareness Week – An Extraordinary Blog

As a child, I was always an avid reader, perhaps because my general lack of coordination meant I was so terrible at sport. I read anything and everything; consuming every book in my parents house and the local library several times over before I went to secondary school. One book that made a lasting impression on me, and first got me interested in politics was the brilliant ‘Yes Minister Diaries’. I [...]

Lipreading Awareness Week – An Extraordinary Blog2018-09-10T12:45:40+01:00

Wondering why there are now two associations for lipspeakers? Lesley, Chair of the Association of Lipspeakers with Additional Sign speaks to deaf entrepreneur Terry Pizzey of Walk Through Online.

Terry: I am hard of hearing and use lipspeakers from time to time. How do I know who to book? Lesley: Very good question. Every person’s needs are different. You explained to me that you are new to using lipspeakers and that you find some signs being used added to the meaning and that you also found that in turn, this meant the lipreading was less tiring. You would benefit from [...]

Wondering why there are now two associations for lipspeakers? Lesley, Chair of the Association of Lipspeakers with Additional Sign speaks to deaf entrepreneur Terry Pizzey of Walk Through Online.2018-09-24T10:00:11+01:00

Making Police work accessible

In partnership with Police Link Officers for Deaf people (PLOD), ALAS members attended an informative CPD day at Southampton Police station on Saturday 7th April 2108. Members were given a comprehensive tour of the police station followed by a Q&A session with PLOD officers. This included the process for those being arrested, victims and witnesses. Lipspeaker Jay even managed to have his height checked in the custody suite. In the afternoon [...]

Making Police work accessible2018-09-24T12:49:56+01:00

Police Workshop & AGM

We are looking forward to welcoming ALAS members to our second CPD workshop. In conjunction with the police link officers for deaf people (PLOD) Chair Lesley Weatherson is hosting this informative day with colleague and fellow BSL Interpreter Glen Barham MBE. “Many lipspeakers and BSL interpreters do not feel confident or competent to work in the police setting. We hope that by having a tour of the busy station, an insight [...]

Police Workshop & AGM2018-04-06T13:19:55+01:00

We’ve turned one!

ALAS is celebrating a successful first year! After establishing in January 2017 the association has 18 members and over 800 followers on Twitter. With growing demand for lipspeaking with additional sign and with more lipspeakers now being trained, there was a need for a register that identifies lipspeakers who can sign from those who can’t. Until ALAS established, opportunities for continuous professional development (CPD) had been limited for lipspeakers and therefore additional [...]

We’ve turned one!2018-01-10T13:45:34+01:00

Using a Lipspeaker for the first time…

Nick Oliver writes for Action on Hearing Loss and explains his most recent experience of using a Lipspeaker. Who was this lipspeaker I hear you asking......our very own membership secretary Linzi Weatherson. Enjoy! Last Word (Action on Hearing Loss mag, Aug 2015)

Using a Lipspeaker for the first time…2017-12-15T12:08:11+01:00

Competition time!

It's Lipreading Awareness Week 2017! It has happened to us all, that moment when we have misheard a word, missed what someone has said, or just completely lipread them wrong. We want to know when has lipreading gone wrong for you? What words have caused confusion?! Communication professionals, perhaps someone has misheard you, or been mistaken when you have given instruction. Tweet us your funny stories for a chance to win one [...]

Competition time!2017-09-14T09:38:28+01:00

DeafATW’s Survey (in BSL and English)

Hi everyone, Please find below a link to DeafATW's survey (in BSL and English) to get feedback from Deaf people with ATW who are or will be affected by the cap. If you are capped, or will be capped in April 2018, please take the survey, and if you know people who are or will be capped, please send them the link. The survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ATW_CAP The survey mainly looks at [...]

DeafATW’s Survey (in BSL and English)2017-09-12T09:42:37+01:00

The funeral of Diana Barimore

Diana Barimore’s funeral will be held at 12:00 midday on Friday 22nd September at Mortlake Crematorium, Richmond, TW9 4EN. Due to number restrictions, if you wish to attend please contact Lynne Dubin at [email protected] If communication support is required please contact [email protected] Please see below for a map and directions from Mortlake Station. There is adequate parking on site if you wish to travel by car.   In lieu of flowers for her [...]

The funeral of Diana Barimore2017-09-13T14:48:00+01:00

Tragic News

Dear Friends With great sadness I am writing to tell you that Di died yesterday evening at 8pm after a great effort to stay connected in the face of huge odds for this past month. We expect to hear more when her brother Stewart has had time to speak to the consultant and hospital staff. The beautiful book of messages from you will give comfort to Di's family. Thank you for letting her know you [...]

Tragic News2017-09-01T09:34:07+01:00

Get Well Soon Di

Dear Members, Our friend and colleague, Diana Barimore met with a dreadful accident last Sunday morning, 30th July, when taking her dog Bertie to her local park for his usual walk. Di was somehow in collision with a cyclist participating in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2017 event. This crash has left Di with critical head injuries and in hospital, unconscious in the neuro ITU unit, where she remains. Her family have come [...]

Get Well Soon Di2017-08-04T17:28:55+01:00

NADP Conference 2017

Saturday 6th May saw NADP (National Association of Deafened People) and EFHOH (European Federation of Hard of Hearing) join forces to host the 2017 conference. ALAS and ALS (Association of Lipspeakers) were both present to represent lipspeaking. Just like Deaf Day 2017, both organisations worked together to promote the communication preference. Fiona Walker from ALAS, and Lynne Dubin from ALS were answering lots of questions and using their handy lipspeaking information cards [...]

NADP Conference 20172017-05-14T14:28:01+01:00

Deaf Day 2017

Saturday 22nd April saw City Lit host its annual Deaf Day! Our very own Fiona Walker was promoting lipspeaking with additional sign. Jay weatherson was present to display lipspeaking, and even make a new ALAS recruit!

Deaf Day 20172017-04-23T13:58:29+01:00

ALAS Launches!

More and more deaf people are requesting lipspeakers to use some sign language vocabulary to support the meaning of the speaker, when lipspeaking. There are only a handful of lipspeakers who are able to offer this service and they aren’t always easy to find. In a response to the growing demand, ALAS was established. On Monday 13th March ALAS launched! Keep your eyes peeled for introductory offers and exclusives!    

ALAS Launches!2017-03-15T11:35:39+01:00

ALAS is almost ready to be launched

Lesley Weatherson, founder of ALAS, presented the new association to NRCPD board in London 01/03/17. The board had the opportunity to ask questions, clarify aims and objectives as well as listen to Lesley's pitch! Lesley was part of a talented group of lipspeakers and deaf service users who created the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the Level 3 Certificate in Lipspeaking and would like to see a NOS created to set [...]

ALAS is almost ready to be launched2017-03-12T14:26:40+01:00