9.00am – Guest arrive and Tea and Coffee served with networking followed by our Guest Speaker Dean Wales, Head of Global PR and Marketing at Screen
From a background in PR, marketing and Journalism Dean took the role of Head of Global PR and Marketing at Screen, a pioneer in subtitling technology. It was this change in his career 7 years ago that brought him into contact with D/deaf communities. He was encouraged by a TV Accessibility Summit delegate to learn British Sign Language (BSL) which he has studied for 4 years. This new language and his involvement with the D/deaf in helping them to teach hearing people BSL, sitting as a Trustee on the Ipswich Deaf Society board, setting up signing cafes and becoming friends with Deaf people has, he says opened his eyes to the challenges they face. He’ll be joining us to talk about his ‘Deaf’ journey as a hearing person, the importance of D/deaf awareness and what you can do to be more accessible to the 11 million deaf people in the UK.
The event will finish at 11.00am.