Usher service – pre and post pandemic

Usher service – pre and post pandemic Deafblind UKEmma Boswell, National Usher Co-ordinator, Sense Usher Service

This exciting session will be an enlightening and essential introduction into the intercultural, communicational and medical aspects of Usher syndrome. It will be presented in British Sign Language with accompanying voice-over into spoken English. Aside from comparing some common definitions about Usher Syndrome, the presentation will draw on comparisons of life pre and post pandemic for those with Usher Syndrome. There will be a focus on the key challenges that CV19 brought and how they were overcome by many. This will lead into new and exciting hybrid ways of working now and for the future. There will be tips and insights into enabling engagement and community work to take place effectively and meeting the needs of this disparate community group. There will also be a range of case studies to examine, discuss and debate. There will be something for everyone to learn and will be of interest to those with an interest in Deafblindness with overlap of learning right across the continuum. This session is open to all participants regardless of their level of understanding of Deafblindness and Usher. Visual learning materials will be available on request afterwards. CPD points enabled too. I look forward to seeing you there. Emma

About Emma

Hello! I’m Emma, I have Usher T1 and bring a wealth of lived and professional experience to my work. I hold foundation and postgraduate degrees, the latter in Deafblind Studies. I have undertaken various pieces of deafblind related work all around the world including America, Southeast Asia, Australia as well as mainland Europe. Having established a successful career in industry, I decided to move into the third sector by initially undertaking a fast-track traineeship as an Access Auditor. For the last 14 years I have managed Sense Usher Service and combined this with being the Chair of the Deafblind International (DbI) Usher Network. Alongside convening the committee, I have delivered numerous talks, plenaries and conferences, nationally and internationally. I have delivered several intensive training programmes tailored to groups of Deafblind people in Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore. I have undertaken expeditions to Malaysia with Operation Raleigh and have been a counsellor at Camp America, USA. More recently I have established a deaf cancer support group and been an expert advisor to South Western Railways, advising on mobility and access. I am married with two teenagers and a retired guide dog. I am fluent in various Signed Languages as well as manual tactile communications and social haptics related to Deafblindness. I enjoy photograpy, country walks, swimming and the odd G&T!


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