14 04, 2016

Accredited Electronic Notetaking course at DCAL

By |April 14th, 2016|Categories: Professional Development, Technology|2 Comments

Open College Network (OCN) London Level 3 awarded

Five consecutive Thursdays: 7th July – 4th August 2016. 9.30am – 4.30pm, Central London Location

Bursary Information

Clarion UK is providing one bursary, covering 50% of the full course fee. Note: UCL Staff and students are not eligible for this bursary. For further information about the bursary please contact Bethany Jamieson. Tel: 01763 209001 Email:

Did you know?…

  • The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills recently published guidance recommending notetakers providing support to people with disabilities have formal notetaking qualifications.
  • Trained note takers are in short supply and the new guidance will certainly increase demand for trained notetakers
  • Qualified notetakers can earn over £30/hour

Course Summary

The portfolio-based course will train you to document clear, informative notes for students with different disabilities. You will study the context and role of notetakers, the notetaking requirements of students with disabilities and strategies for supporting a range of learning needs. You will learn the key principles of working as an electronic notetaker for deaf and disabled students, which includes disability awareness, the Equality Act and notetaking needs of clients with a variety of disabilities. You will gain valuable insights into the professional issues involved, a mastery of the technical skills employed, whilst acquiring experienced instruction in a recognised notetaking software package.

For further information, please click on the following link –

This course is delivered in partnership with Note-able Notetakers Limited and supported by Clarion.

NoteAble Notetakers

They are also running an Introduction to Notetaking course –


12 11, 2015

VRI on Video

By |November 12th, 2015|Categories: British Sign Language, Services, Sign Language, Technology, Video Remote Interpreting|0 Comments

Here at Clarion, we offer Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and a Video Relay Service (VRS) to Deaf and hearing clients across the UK. They are new innovative services that help break down day to day language barriers at the click of a button.

We are very proud to share with the world, our new promotional video, filmed at our head office in Cambridge.

Thank you to Oggi Tomic for the fantastic filming, Ashleigh Chalk for the editing, Jason Ellis for presenting, Debbie Watkins who did the BSL interpreting, and everybody else that contributed. What a fantastic team!

5 11, 2015

Hearing Loop Awareness Week

By |November 5th, 2015|Categories: Deaf Advocacy, Deaf Community, Technology|0 Comments

Hearing Loop Awareness Week has been organised by Hearing Link to run in tandem with their ‘Let’s Loop the UK’ campaign, which is striving to create greater awareness and access to hearing loops in communities across the UK.

The week runs from Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th November 2015.

Supporters include:

Information is also available in BSL here:

Hearing loops are a vital piece of technology in public places such as shops, banks, libraries, and railway stations because they clarify sound and remove the background noise which can stifle communication for hearing aid users.

However, a large number of hearing loops don’t work properly, aren’t switched on or they don’t even exist, creating another barrier to inclusion in everyday life for people with hearing loss.

Hearing Loop Awareness Week aims build the biggest picture of hearing loop provision in the UK. At its conclusion, Hearing Link will share the results with businesses and work with them to improve their service.

21 08, 2014

Cochlear ™ Graeme Clark Scholarship Award

By |August 21st, 2014|Categories: British Sign Language, Deaf Community, Technology|0 Comments

This year Cochlear will offer two prestigious scholarships in honour of its pioneers – Professor Graeme Clark and Dr. Anders Tjellström. The Cochlear Graeme Clark Scholarship for Nucleus® Cochlear Implant recipients and the Anders Tjellström Scholarship for Nucleus®  Baha® System Implant recipients. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity. (One prize winner per scholarship, prize sum per winner – £6,000 paid in two instalments).

In brief – the UK Scholarship is open to Nucleus recipients who are:

  • A UK resident and implanted at a UK cochlear implant centre.
  • Currently completing their final year of school or sixth form college and who have been accepted onto a university or other tertiary education course with a minimum duration of 2 years.
  • 18 years or over at application deadline.
  • Mature student who have been accepted onto a university or other tertiary education course.
  • Students currently undertaking a university degree or other tertiary education course with a minimum duration of two years study remaining.

Applicants are required to submit an application form and submit supporting documentation and required information to include:

  • Copy of final school or sixth form college statement of results (including general and advanced level results).
  • Copy of acceptance notice from the academic institution of choice if commencing first year of study.
  • A succinct list of academic and extracurricular activities or awards.
  • A personal statement supporting the application describing how a cochlear implant has opened up more opportunities to them in the hearing world, the area of proposed study, their aspirations and reasons why they wish to be considered for the Graeme Clark Scholarship.
  • Proof of age, UK residency and details of UK implant centre (e.g. photocopy of birth certificate or passport).
  • The letters of three references. The referees should not be directly related to the applicant and preferably have known the applicant for at least two years. (At least two of these must be someone from whom the applicant has received educational instruction).
  • Written proof of residence (e.g. photocopy of a bank statement or utility bill).
  • Proof of change of name if appropriate.

Deadline for applications is 31st October 2014. To find out more and to request an application form, please visit the Cochlear™ website.

16 06, 2014

“Sorry I’m late, I didn’t hear the alarm clock”

By |June 16th, 2014|Categories: Deaf Education, Technology|0 Comments

Unfortunately, this excuse will only work so many times for a deaf student late to class.

Luckily, students at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) are working on developing a smartphone app and device that physically vibrates enough to wake you up.

Patrick Seypura and Alec Satterly are only 20 years old and met in a marketing class, yet are already developing technology that could revolutionise everybody’s morning routine, with their own company Cenify.

The device is a small object called ‘Alarmify’ which would be synced to your smartphone through an app. The object can record up to a week’s worth of different alarm times and would sell for about £40. It currently requires a plug and wall outlet, but a more convenient wireless device is also in the works.

The idea started a few years ago when Patrick pointed out a gap in the market for alarm clocks and smartphones that are powerful enough to wake people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The audience it was originally pitched to were not deaf and so apparently could not empathise with the issue enough to see the object’s real value. However, after a bit more research and targeting the correct audiences, including the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Patrick and Alec have already won awards for their invention this year.

The pair have big ideas for what else their company Cenify and its technology could be capable of, and from looking at research, a potential $6 million market. From automatically opening the blinds to let the sun shine in, to turning the coffee machine on before you’re out of bed. No doubt this little helping hand would make anyone’s life easier, let alone the Deaf community.

For a brief visual description of what it would be like to wake up to Cenify every morning, watch the short video below.

4 06, 2014

Signglasses: The future’s here and it’s called Google Glass

By |June 4th, 2014|Categories: Deaf Education, Sign Language, Technology|0 Comments

There’s something brewing in Brigham Young University, Utah, and it’s the kind of technology you only dreamed of after soaking in Minority Report with Tom Cruise for the first time.

Astronomy and the planetarium is a great experience for anyone able to see. However, a few students pointed out that while watching the space presentations, it’s physically impossible to also watch a sign language interpreter in a different part of the room. This is an issue than can undoubtedly be applied to situations outside of the planetarium as well.

galaxy 2

Along with the close collaboration of deaf students, a group of researchers (led by Michael Jones) have started developing software that could eliminate this problem – a product called ‘Signglasses’. A signer will appear on the Google Glass (in the corner or centre of the lens) allowing the student to view a presentation or film and an interpreter at the same time.

The BYU team have already begun to consider what else this software could be capable of. For example, they are working on creating a virtual pop-up dictionary. The reader points at a word on paper they do not yet know, and a signer pops up in the lens giving a short definition of that word in sign language.

There’s no knowing where this research could stop or where it could take us within ten years or so. But at the very least, it could help deaf children learn to read. This is a very clever piece of software and potentially an extremely beneficial step in technology. An inspiring example of human behavior and how we use our intelligence to overcome and adapt to any difficulties.

For a bit more information, and to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, enjoy the short film below.