Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... RNID vs Dorset County Council

Protesters: Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)
Target: Dorset County Council
Location: Dorset County Hall
Date: 22 July

The lowdown

Protesters took to the steps of Dorset County Hall to call for improved access to lip-reading classes. They were wrapped in red ribbon, representing the red tape they face in order to get to classes.

Why the protest?

The campaigners are calling for the council to abandon what they deem to be unnecessary bureaucracy so that more deaf and hard of hearing people can benefit from lip-reading classes. RNID spokesman Alan Dalziel said: 'Dorset County Council has an unfair and inappropriate system in place that prevents people getting the concessions they are due for lip-reading classes.'

How did the council respond?

Dorset County Council head of cultural services Paul Leivers said the council was 'looking at a number of options to develop provision for lip-reading'. He added: 'Individuals can request an assessment from the sight and hearing team within social care services. If they meet our Fair Access to Care Services criteria at a "substantial" or "critical" level of need, we can provide financial assistance to cover the costs of a lip-reading course.'

How did the media cover it?

The Dorset Echo and the Western, Worle & Somerset Mercury covered the story, as did specialist title Mobility Mirror Compare.

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