RNID (formerly Action Hearing Loss) can supply a lipspeaker UK registered and qualified for all types of situation. If you’ve been asked to provide communication support for someone who lipreads but don’t know where to start, we can guide you through the process. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Why you can book with confidence
1) Get the right communication support
No one understands hearing loss better than us. We know which questions to ask to ensure you book the most appropriate communication support. As well as providing lipspeakers UK wide, we can also supply BSL sign language interpreters, speech-to-text reporters, electronic and manual notetakers and deafblind interpreters.
2) Qualified and registered lipspeakers
3) Fully prepared and briefed
We’ll ask for some background information, in advance if possible, so the lipspeaker can prepare themselves for the assignment and any specialist words or phrases that may be used. The person being supported should try to meet the lipspeaker beforehand to discuss the use of fingerspelling, how to interrupt if necessary, seating arrangements, lighting and break times.
4) Confidential service
Every lipspeaker we provide is bound by a professional code of practice, which means they must keep all information on assignments strictly confidential.
5) Correct level of support
Lipspeakers need a break every 30 minutes. For meetings that likely to last more than two hours, we’ll advise you to book two lipspeakers.
6) Advice on government funding
The Access to Work scheme may help to pay for a lipspeaker. We can explain how it works and direct you to further information.