extra language lessons renea
frustrated-student

A Culture of Low Expectation – My Experiences as a Parent of a Deaf Child

Posted by | General | One Comment

My son Terry (names have been changed) is 8 years old. He is profoundly deaf and wears a cochlear implant. He attends a mainstream school with a Hearing Impaired Unit. He is educated for core subjects including English and Maths in his mainstream class with the support of an Educational Communicator. I have had concerns about my son’s progress for quite some time now. When speaking to his class teacher I was reassured that he was doing well academically and progressing well. This has been a pattern that has been repeated at every parents’ evening since he started school with…

Read More
Cochlear-Implant

Deciding to have a Cochlear Implant as an Adult

Posted by | General | No Comments

Deciding to have a cochlear implant as an adult has been to date the hardest decision of my life and one I didn’t take lightly. You may think ‘wow it will make you hear again, surely it’s a no brainer’ but it’s exactly this attitude which made it so much more difficult for me. You see, a huge part of my self identity is my deafness. It took me many years to get to this point but I was and still am proud to be Deaf. My life experiences, character traits and attitudes have been shaped by being Deaf and…

Read More
Lateef

Lateef’s Story – Born with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

Posted by | General | No Comments

My son Lateef was born 12 weeks early weighing just 2 lb 8 ozs. He spent the first two months of his life in the neonatal unit. Lateef passed the initial screening test before we went home. It wasn’t long after being home that I realised that Lateef wasn’t responding to sound. He only reacted to toys with lights and never responded to the door slamming or sounds like that. I was so worried that one night I hammered a saucepan with a spoon right beside his cot. He didn’t respond at all. It was then I knew for certain…

Read More
The author Liane

Being Diagnosed with Hearing Loss as an Adult

Posted by | General, My story | One Comment

My name is Liane and I would like to share my story and experiences with you. I was diagnosed with my hearing loss in the Summer of 2014. I first noticed I was having issues with my hearing at work. I was working as a trainee sign language interpreter at the time and discovered I was misinterpreting in some situations, luckily for my clients and myself I did not misinterpret anything of a critical nature! If I’m honest I was in denial for a while about my hearing loss, but due to my job it was imperative for me to…

Read More
Claire Holland Head of Training

Claire Holland on… ETUK at the Specialist Skills Network

Posted by | General | No Comments

This week I was very pleased to be invited to talk at the Specialist Skills Network which has been set up by the National Gallery and the Museum of London. On the day, a number of professionals from different galleries and museums situated around London came together to share experiences and expertises regarding planning events for children with Special Educational Needs. The planned activities already being held sounded wonderful and the enthusiasm in the room for ensuring that disabled children and those with additional needs were able to access and experience the exhibitions fully was inspiring. I was there to…

Read More
Claire Holland Head of Training

10 Reasons you should book Enhance the UK’s Disability and Communication Awareness Training

Posted by | General | No Comments

I was recently asked why service providers and businesses should book training with us and what sets us apart from other organisations offering training. I thought I would share my response with you. 1. Increased Confidence – Ask a disabled person about a ‘rabbit in a headlight’ moment and they can always recount several experiences when customer facing staff have not known what to say or do when realising the customer is disabled. Sometimes it’s funny, other times offensive, but either way it’s never good for business. You wouldn’t believe the number of times I haven’t had to pay for…

Read More
Claire Holland Head of Training

Claire Holland on Deafness and Dementia

Posted by | General | No Comments

One of the many things I love about being involved with Enhance the UK is no two weeks are the same. This week we were privileged to be asked to attend a roundtable event organised by the Mental Health Foundation entitled Rights, Dementia and the Social Model of Disability: A New Direction for Policy and Practice. You might ask why would we be invited along to an event about dementia. For those of you who don’t know, we at Enhance the UK have developed a Deaf and dementia course. The need for this was highlighted when the director and founder…

Read More
The Undressing Disability shoot 2013 in front of Big Ben, London

Charity Projects at Enhance the UK by The Learning People

Posted by | General | No Comments

How do you deal with disability in the workplace? That’s a question asked by awareness charity, Enhance the UK. Jennie Williams, founder and project manager of Enhance the UK, offers awareness training designed to combat prejudices against disability in the workplace and schools in a fun, interactive and engaging fashion. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START ENHANCE THE UK? “Part of the reason I started Enhance the UK was because I am a hearing aid user. “This has given me greater empathy, understanding and passion to support people who have physical and sensory impairments. “It is important to me that these people have…

Read More
Claire Holland Head of Training

Claire Holland and Perceptions of Disability

Posted by | General | No Comments

One of our experienced trainers, Emily Yates, ran a twilight training session with members of the student union at Queen Mary University of London last week. The session was attended by 16 students who are keen to volunteer in the local community. It was like a trip down memory lane for Emily as this was the university that she attended. I asked Emily what the highlight of the session was. She explained that for her it was seeing the positive transformation of people’s perception of disability throughout the session. This got me thinking about what perception do we actually want…

Read More
Claire Holland Head of Training

Behind the Scenes with Claire Holland: Enhance and Business

Posted by | General | No Comments

Enhance the UK has decided to put its business hat on! I don’t mean that we will no longer be a charity or stop aiming for our charitable objectives but simply to achieve these we recognise that we need to learn from commercial leaders. In today’s economic climate fundraising is hard work – it’s a case of taking one step forward and three back. Several charities this week have announced they are under threat of closure due to being unable to raise enough money for core costs. Just to explain, core costs are the day to day running costs of…

Read More