As we move towards the end of Deaf Awareness Week 2019, we’re delighted to announce that we shall soon be installing a new, and much improved, hearing loop in the Scottish Poetry Library thanks to assistance provided by the Dr David Summers Trust and Deaf Action.
Currently, we have a small hearing loop based at our reception desk, but have frequently struggled to get our portable hearing loop to work during events. Recognising that this level of service was unsatisfactory, we applied to the Dr David Summers Trust to raise funds to install a new loop. With great generosity, the Trust granted us the money necessary.
We have consulted Deaf Action about our requirements for this specialist equipment and they will install the loop on Monday, 3 June, in plenty of time for the Festival, during which the Library will be acting as a venue for Fringe events. This system will have a permanent loop (and related equipment) fitted right round our Mezzanine area, where we hold events. The equipment will connect to our in-house PA so D/deaf users can simply switch their devices to the T position and enjoy the show.
Deaf Action has been advocating on behalf of D/deaf people for over 180 years, and are in fact the first formally constituted deaf organisation in the UK. Today, Deaf Action delivers a range of services to the estimated 950,000 people in Scotland with sensory support needs, including those who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing. Sales of equipment and any associated installation charges are used to support the wide variety of services which Deaf Action provides to D/deaf people across Scotland.
The Dr David Summers Charitable Trust was established in May 2011 following the death of Dr Summers, a physicist and a poet who left his entire estate in trust with the intention that the funds be used to promote and encourage the study, practice and knowledge of Scottish literature. The Trustees look after a charitable fund which amounts to about £500,000 from which grants to selected organisations promoting Scottish literature are distributed on an annual basis. We’d like to thank the Trust once more for helping us to help D/deaf visitors enjoy events and more at the Library.