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RNID

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People

The ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR DEAF PEOPLE (R.N.I.D.) is the largest charity representing the needs of 8.7 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK. RNIDís vision is of a world where deafness and hearing loss are not barriers to opportunity and fulfilment. The organisation carries out a range of activities, which aim to improve the lives of deaf people. These include: 1) campaigning and lobbying to change laws and government policies; 2) providing information and raising awareness of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus; 3) training courses and consultancy on deafness and disability; 4) communication services including sign language interpreters, lipspeakers and speech to text operators; 5) care services for deaf people with special needs; 6) social and medical research; 7) an Employment, Learning and Skills Service (ELSS) that offers advice, guidance and training to deaf and hard of hearing people. The organisation has got extensive experience of delivering & managing EU funded projects and of understanding the needs of deaf people. In this project, RNID will conduct research into issues deaf learners face, especially in relation to on-line learning, review texts/CD ROM produced for the project, pilot the e-learning tools with more than 30 deaf learners and disseminate projectís results to the 32.000 RNID members across the UK.

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