Midlands Regional Association for the Deaf (MRAD)

History

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.

About MRAD

A forum for professionals working with d/Deaf people to meet and discuss current issues

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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