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George Adam MSP Back Charity’s Appeal For Paisley Buddies To Support Veterans With Hearing Loss

George Adam MSP is backing a charity’s call for Paisley Buddies to volunteer for a new service supporting older veterans whose lives have been distressed by hearing loss or tinnitus.

 

The MSP for Paisley found about Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Hearing Forces service and its need for more volunteers during the charity’s Deaf Awareness Week parliamentary reception on Tuesday 15 May.

 

Hearing Forces, which is part of the Unforgotten Forces consortium led by Poppyscotland, is looking for volunteers to give a few hours each month to provide veterans aged 65 or over, their families and carers with vital information and support to help them to cope with hearing loss or tinnitus.

 

The volunteers will be trained to clean, re-tube and adjust NHS hearing aids and provide vital information about ways to reduce the impacts of tinnitus and advice about assistive equipment, such as amplified telephones or personal listeners, which can make everyday life easier.

 

George Adam MSP said: “As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Armed Forces and the Veterans Community, I’m always interested in finding out about the range of national or local support that is available for veterans living in Paisley.

 

“I’m delighted to discover that Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is working with 14 partners in the Unforgotten Forces consortium to provide holistic support for local older veterans and I encourage people in Paisley to come forward for the charity’s Hearing Forces service which aims to provide one-to-one support for those who are affected by hearing loss.”

 

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Director, Teri Devine, said: “We appreciate George Adam MSP’s backing for our volunteers appeal for our new Hearing Forces service.

 

“We’d welcome the opportunity to speak with people from Paisley interested in helping to ensure that older veterans as well as their families or carers who have hearing loss or tinnitus are supported to hear family, friends or neighbours and remain active in their community.”

 

For information about volunteering for Hearing Forces, email: hearing.forces@hearingloss.org.uk or telephone/text 07388 227407.

George Adam MSP Backs Charity’s Campaign Calling On Restaurants To Consider Customers With Hearing Loss

George Adam MSP is backing a charity campaign calling on restaurants across Paisley to consider improving their acoustics for customers who have hearing loss.

 

As part of its Speak Easy campaign, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is highlighting that high levels of background music or the buzz of loud chatter between customers can cause difficulties for people who use hearing aids to follow conversations with their fellow diners.

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said: “Everyone loves going out for a meal but Action on Hearing Loss Scotland tell me they are often contacted by people who are hard of hearing about intrusive levels of background noise, exacerbated by hard surfaces, which can create real difficulties in hearing their dining companions.

“I’m pleased to support the charity’s Speak Easy campaign which is encouraging customers with hearing loss to give feedback to restaurants so that they can consider the many small but very effective ways in which they can be more accessible.”

 

Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “Restaurants in Paisley which may be inadvertently deterring customers with hearing loss from making bookings can significantly improve their accessibility by reducing the volume of background noise in perhaps parts of their venue, using soft furnishings that better absorb sound, and by considering investing in better acoustic treatments.”

 

The charity’s campaign is also urging customers to leave reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor to help others to decide if the restaurants they have visited are suitable for hard of hearing people.

Action on Hearing Loss’s Speak Easy campaign pack can be downloaded www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/SpeakEasy

Paisley’s MSP – Taking Action on Hearing Loss

GEORGE ADAM MSP BACK CHARITY’S CALL ON BUDDIES TO MAKE SMALL CHANGES FOR A BIG DEAF AWARENESS IMPACT

Liz Donaghy and George Adam MSP 09 May 17 (cropped)

Liz Donaghy from Action on Hearing Loss joined by Paisley’s MSP, George Adam

George Adam MSP is backing Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s call urging Paisley Buddies to make small changes to meet the communication needs of people who are Deaf or have hearing loss, which can have a big impact on their everyday lives.

 

During Deaf Awareness Week (15th-21st May 2017), the charity is highlighting the importance of good communication to ensure people who are Deaf or have hearing don’t experience exclusion in the workplace, when accessing services, socialising or chatting with family and friends.

 

George Adam, MSP for Paisley, said: “Deaf Awareness Week is the ideal time to celebrate the valuable contributions which Deaf people and British Sign Language users make to society; and gives us the opportunity to consider how everyone can take small steps to improve communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

“I’m delighted to support Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s deaf awareness tips which can help ensure deaf family, friends or colleagues can follow and contribute to everyday conversations.”

 

Liz Donaghy, an Action on Hearing Loss Scotland volunteer from Paisley, said: “As a deaf person myself, I appreciate it when people check about the best way to communicate with me as it can often be difficult to follow conversations when speaking with, for example, strangers in the street or staff in shops who are not deaf aware. “Making just a few adjustments to how you can communicate with deaf people can be the difference between someone feeling included in discussions and conversations or experiencing social isolation.”

 

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is encouraging people in Paisley to follow the following deaf awareness tips:

 

  • Learn some basic British Sign Language (BSL) and fingerspelling to communicate with Deaf people whose first language may not be English.
  • If someone is working with a BSL interpreter, always remember to talk directly to the Deaf person, not the interpreter.
  • Face the person you’re talking to and check they are following the conversation. Use plain language and don’t waffle.
  • If someone doesn’t understand what you’ve said, try saying it in a different way.
  • To make it easier to lipread, don’t cover your mouth and speak in a place with good lighting.
  • Speak clearly but not too slowly, and don’t exaggerate your lip movements.
  • Don’t shout. It can be uncomfortable for hearing aid users and looks aggressive.

 

For more information about Deaf Awareness Week, visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/daw and use #DeafAwarenessWeek on twitter

George Adam MSP Backs Disability Alliance’s Call For Measures To Reduce Stigma And Discrimination

 

 

George Adam MSP is backing Disability Agenda Scotland’s call to raise awareness about the positive contributions of disabled people and help to end the stigma and discrimination which are still experienced.

 

Following the publication of DAS’s Equal? Still not, why not?

 

Pic Greg Macvean - 23/11/2016 - 07971 826 457 Disability Agenda Scotland (DAS) event at the Scottish Parliament

Pic Greg Macvean – 23/11/2016 – 07971 826 457
Disability Agenda Scotland (DAS) event at the Scottish Parliament

report this week which details the experiences of more than 80 people who live with a variety of disabilities, the alliance is also calling for action to ensure greater support and opportunities for disabled people.

 

DAS wants to see a concerted effort by the Scottish Government, UK Government, local authorities and other bodies to reduce the disability employment gap by improving the ways employment services work, as well as effective coordination to ensure the new social security systems are underpinned by a commitment to human rights, dignity and respect.

 

Representatives from DAS, an alliance of Scotland’s six major disability charities Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, Capability Scotland, ENABLE Scotland, RNIB Scotland, SAMH and Sense Scotland; highlighted during an event in the Scottish Parliament that disabled people continue to feel they are not equal citizens in Scottish society and more needs to be done to improve their life opportunities.

 

George Adam MSP said: “I’m pleased to support DAS’s call for the many positive contributions of disabled people in our communities to be highlighted. I also want more to do be done to eradicate remaining barriers to enable people with a disability in Paisley to have equal access to all public transport, services and get any person-centred support that is needed to ensure they can take up everyday opportunities like everyone else.” Delia Henry, Chair of DAS, said: “We appreciate George Adam MSP’s support and recognition that more needs to be done to support disabled people to fulfil their personal career and life aspirations, reduce isolation and end the stigma of disability so that they begin to feel like equal members of society.”

 

For a copy of DAS’s Equal? Still not, why not? report, visit www.disabilityagenda.scot or email: layla@disabilityagenda.scot

George Backs Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Subtitle It! Campaign

George Adam MSP is backing a new campaign by the charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland which is calling for more subtitles for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Hearing loss affects an estimated one in six people in Paisley and accurate, timely subtitles are vital to help deaf or hard of hearing people follow what is being said on public information videos as well as television programmes and movies.George Adam MSP and Delia Henry Subtitle It Jun 15

The charity has launched its Subtitle It! campaign to achieve equal access to television and movies – whether through digital, on-demand or new media services – for viewers who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, said: “The lack of subtitles is one of the biggest issues we are contacted about by our members. As technology has advanced, the ways in which we watch television programmes has changed, but, unfortunately, people with hearing loss are being left behind.

“Just a fraction of on-demand content is currently subtitled and some local digital television channels don’t provide subtitles at all, so we want broadcasters and the video-on-demand industry to substantially improve their subtitles provision to enable people with hearing loss to have equal access to their favourite shows like everyone else.

“We’re delighted that George Adam MSP is behind our Subtitle It! campaign to stop the digital exclusion of people with hearing loss in Paisley.”

George Adam MSP said: “Access to TV programmes for people with hearing loss has vastly improved in recent years, however I was shocked to learn that more than 80 per cent of on-demand providers don’t offer any subtitles on their catch-up services and that digital channels in Scotland can do much better too.

Having spoken to Action on Hearing Loss Scotland campaigners, I’m aware of the understandable frustration that the lack of subtitles causes many who are deaf or hard of hearing – especially when programmes on catch-up services were originally broadcast with subtitles provided!

“I encourage all my constituents to support Action on Hearing Loss’s Subtitle It! campaign to encourage broadcasters and Video on Demand providers to ensure people who are deaf or hard of hearing can use accurate subtitles, which are synchronised with speech, on everything that they watch.”

For information about Action on Hearing Loss’s Subtitle It! campaign, visit www.actionhearingloss.org.uk/subtitleit