CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19
Here are some quick links to information on Coronavirus.
We are also holding fortnightly Zoom meetings with organisations on COVID-19 updates. Information on the organisations participating and their current updates can be found below.
Organisation Updates during COVID-19 – (word doc)
Accessing the Health Services in BSL
For medical help and advice about your main symptoms in BSL contact NHS111 (24/7 service)
To communicate with a health professional on the phone or in person using BSL contact BSL Health Access (24/7 service)
COVID-19 Updates – BSL Information Videos
British Deaf Association
Royal Deaf Association
In alphabetical order of subject
Access to Work
All of the current updates from deafATW about the process changes – deafAWT
Access to Work: Contingency for payment claim submissions during Covid-19 pandemic – DCAL
Access to BSL Interpreters Online
SignLive – Temporary COVID-19 packages available for access 24/7
Care & Support
www.actiondeafness.org.uk – Action Deafness provides essential services in
1) Communications Interpreting (Face to Face & Remote); and
2) Community Care & Support.
Both services are available 24/7 throughout the UK. Additional capacity has been provided during the coronavirus pandemic.
YOUChoose www.youchoosesupport.org.uk – This consortium is being relaunched to enable Deaf-led organisations to provide care & support services in their own catchment area throughout the UK.
BSL Information Support Service – Action on Hearing Loss
Children and Families
Coronavirus and support for deaf children – information for families – NDCS
Helpline for families – NDCS
Family activities – AVUK
Online Courses / Guides – AVUK
DIY face masks with clear panels – NDCS
Useful resources including top tips by NDCS (including BSL video)
NDCS have put together a list of resources that can help you with ideas and patterns to make your own face mask at home that has a clear panel in it.
Going to the Hospital during a Pandemic – Top Tips provided by NADP
Guidance for communication professionals working with d/Deaf and Deafblind people during the Covonavirus period – NRCPD
Professional Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Regulatory Guidance by NRCPD
Best Practice for Communication Professionals in Healthcare Settings during Covid-19 Pandemic
Guidelines for Booking Interpreters in Healthcare Settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Hertfordshire – www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/sensory
- Accessibility COVID 19: Advice in BSL, accessible formats and other languages
- Accessible toolkit for professionals
If you require more information, please contact Sensory.Services@hertfordshire.gov.uk
COVID-19 – government advice relateing to tennis activities in Britain and all those involved in delivering them.
www.actiondeafness.org.uk – Action Deafness has re-launching its Assistive Technology brochure. The brochure will enable Deaf/Hard of Hearing people to buy equipment/technical aids to manage their hearing loss effectively. Requests can be made 24/7.
Download the Brochure [pdf]
New Accessible Remote Working Guide for BSL interpreters, deaf and hearing participants – DCAL
Tips for working remotely when you’re deaf – Jo Wootten (also in BSL)
Captioning remote meetings for deaf people – Jo Wootten (also in BSL)
Top tips for working remotely with Lipspeakers – provided by Lipspeaker UK
Speech to Text/Captioning – AVSTTR