Midland Regional Association for the Deaf (MRAD) was set up in 1927 as a regional forum of the National Institute for the Deaf, which later became the Royal National Institute for the Deaf which then became Action on Hearing Loss. Our geographical boundary is Lincolnshire in the East to Hereford in the West, Shropshire in the North, to Oxford in the South.Three meetings are held each year, usually at Walsall Centre for Deaf People due to its central location. Meetings are usually held on a Wednesday morning between 10am and 1pm followed by lunch and networking. Representatives that attend meetings come from local authorities, health authorities, educational establishments, voluntary organisations and self-help groups for deaf people. We welcome professionals of all domains who work with deaf people. The forum provides an excellent opportunity for specialist workers with deaf people to develop good networks. It enables councillors to become well informed so they can feedback to council committees. It can stimulate and encourage local groups to develop services or take up campaigns. It has been an invaluable resource in the past, helping bring about real changes. One example is in the implementation of Access to Work for deaf and disabled people in response to a meeting and a report in which an Access to Work officer was invited to participate and listen to members. Recently, MRAD has undergone some changes and has been quiet due to changes in funding (previously relying on grants from Action on Hearing Loss). It is now independent with the support of Deaf Direct who have undertaken the responsibility of its continuing activity, and is under review with regards to its future.
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Please read for details of our next forum meeting. It will take place on 26th September 2017, and continues the Health & Social Care theme from the last event on 7th June. Maggie Collins of Healthwatch Worcestershire and Ravi Bhakhri of Sandwell County Council are our guest speakers, and will be presenting issues on Read more about 26th September 2017[…]
Hello all, We are delighted to inform you that the long awaited MRAD forum will take place on 7th June 2017 at Walsall Deaf Centre from 10am to 2pm (exact times may be subject to change). Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The theme is Health and Social Care. We are just finalising the agenda Read more about Save the Date! 7th June 2017[…]
Hello all, Many thanks for your patience while MRAD has been quietly getting started again. We are delighted to announce three new dates for 2016-17. Please save them in your diaries – further information will be sent closer to the time. 28th September 2016 – Walsall Deaf Centre 8th February 2017 – Venue TBC 14th Read more about Save The Date….[…]