AdeptThe Association of Deaf Education Professionals and Trainees (adept) is a brand new organisation, working to improve the services in educational settings for deaf people of all ages.
 
adept has merged the two former separate organisations NATED (National Association for Tertiary Education for Deaf people) and ACSW (Association of Communication Support Workers) that have worked closely together in recent years including their joint annual conferences since 2010.
 
adept is a member-led organisation aiming to enable deaf learners access to quality support provision in their chosen courses and in their preferred communication mode, with appropriately qualified staff and fair assessment procedures.
 
Chair of the organisation, Jill Bussien, said, “A major part of adept’s work is to represent the interest of professionals and trainees who work with deaf learners in a variety of educational settings. We provide training, resources, guidance and networking opportunities for them.”
 
“Our goal is to provide a multi-faceted platform empowering professionals and trainees to excel in promoting excellence within deaf education.”
 
Members of adept have access to a variety of publications via the website, including guidance on the appropriate procedures in the assessment and support of deaf students in education and the Code of Practice for CSWs (Communication Support Workers for deaf learners).
 
adept promotes equality for deaf learners by monitoring developments and attitudes and by liaising with other professional associations and governmental bodies regarding legislation, policy and procedures.
 
The highlight of adept’s year is their full day conference for professionals and trainees working in deaf education which includes topical keynote speakers, presentations and a variety of workshops. The conference is open to all, but members of adept benefit from reduced delegate rates.

adept membership costs £25 per year. Members receive a membership card and badge.  For more details see the website www.adeptuk.co.uk