UKCoD is the umbrella body for deaf charities and not for profit organisations working with deaf people in the UK. Our mission is to assist organisations and the sector as a whole to maximise the positive impact they have for deaf people, liaising with government and other organisations to improve services for the deaf community on behalf of our members.
-To encourage the exchange of knowledge, skills and views between members.
-To facilitate campaigning on overarching issues affecting deaf people.
-To champion the role of the voluntary sector and provide an interface with government for members.
-To provide up-to-date information about sector-wide projects delivered by members.
-To improve and extend cooperation between member organisations in promoting and representing the interests of deaf, deafened, deafblind and hard-of-hearing people.
-To provide a forum for debate and a focus for action on deaf issues.
-To promote understanding and acceptance of the different perspectives on issues connected with deafness.
To pursue our objectives we:
Support work arising from the sectors agreement of a common purpose.
Support the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness.
Promote the inclusion and retention of deaf students into higher and further education.
Promote Deaf Awareness Week.
Support special interest groups on:
- Deaf access to communications, which covers a wide range of communications and broadcasting issues (liaising particularly with Ofcom and BT);
- Employment, which largely focuses on DWP activities, particularly deaf employability;
- The BSL Act Group which is specifically focused on bringing about a parliamentary Act to enable improved access to services, reviving BSL and bringing to fruition the many unfulfilled resolutions passed over the years.