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Conference: Roma families and deaf children: Multi-professional understandings

Roma families and deaf children:

Multi-professional understandings

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Saturday 3rd November 2017


Michael Sadler Building

University of Leeds


Provisional programme

9.30 Registration and refreshments

10.00 Welcome and housekeeping

10.10 Deaf children from Roma families: End of project report

Ruth Swanwick, Jess Elmore, Jackie Salter, University of Leeds

11.00 Tea and coffee break

11.20 Keynote talk. A Tale of Two Villages: Slovak Roma children negotiating language and education

Mark Payne, University of Sheffield

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Practitioner and Roma family perspectives

Sandie Griffiths and Anna Likierska, Teachers of the Deaf, Bradford and Sheffield

Juraj Tancos and Ermina Kesedzic, St Edmund's Nursery School & Children's Centre, Bradford

Terezia Rostas, Roma interpreter, consultant and advocate, Roma Futures

Video of deaf Roma children and their families

14.15 Discussion: Reflections, questions and challenges

14.45 Tea and coffee break

15.00 An international perspective on Roma inclusion (title to be confirmed)

Ioanna Noula, University of Leeds

15.20 Hearing and Inclusion

Arthur Ivatts, Open Society Foundation

15.30 Plenary

Ruth Swanwick, University of Leeds and Tina Wakefield, Ear Foundation

16.00 Conference close

Free to attend

The conference is free to attend. However places are limited and booking is essential.

Lunch and refreshments

A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided. You will have the opportunity to tell us about any dietary requirements when you book your place.

Date and time

The conference will take place on Saturday 3rd November. Registration and refreshments will start at 9.30 am.The first speaker will start at 10.00 and the final session will close at 4.00pm


We want our conference to be as accessible as possible. As part of the booking process you will be given the opportunity to tell us about any particular requirements you have, however, we have provided some general information here.

BSL and speech to text interpreters will be provided.

There is general information about disabled access to the building available here:

There are regular scheduled breaks in the conference programme.

About the project

Deaf Children from Roma families is a research project led by Ruth Swanwick, School of Education, University of Leeds working in partnership with five deaf education local authority services (Sheffield, Rotherham, Peterborough, Leeds and Bradford), BATOD, The Ear Foundation and NDCS. The aim of the project is to explore learning, development and social needs of deaf children of Roma families, plan appropriate multi-professional intervention and support and establish a national stakeholder group to ensure the reach, development and sustainability of the outcomes. More information is available here:

Travel arrangements

The conference is being held at the University of Leeds. Full details of travel arrangements will be added shortly.

Contact details for any questions

Please contact Jess Elmore or 0113 346562


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