am Secretary of the Association
of Verbatim Speech to Text Reporters (AVSTTR).
This is a professional body aimed at improving
the rights of STTRs as well as service users, and to try and ensure
that there will be STTRs trained and available for many years to come.
We are part of the ACE Campaign (Access
to Communication in English) initiated by the RNID.
I also represent the AVSTTR on the Agency
Steering Group. This is a group originally started by
the LSP agencies themselves to try and devise a set of minimum standards
for all language service professionals. As well as STTRs this includes
BSL interpreters, Lipspeakers and electronic notetakers, amongst others.
The minimum standards were finalised in 2006 and a number of agencies
have voluntarily signed up to them. A list of which is publically available.
It is hoped that in the near future these voluntary standards
will become regulated by law.
have a wide experience of working with deaf and hard of hearing people.
I have good communication skills and
I am currently undertaking a BSL Level 1 course.
I have extensive computer experience with various general
and media applications. I am experienced in the installation of LANs
and wireless internet connectivity.
I also have experience with digital projectors, Powerpoint and
large screen presentations including subtitling.
In my spare time I participate in voluntary work with
the deaf, hard of hearing and people with Cerebal Palsy. I manage my local Neighbourhood
Watch Scheme and I am a trustee of my children’s primary school Fund