Disclaimer: I attended the conference purely to meet with MPs and discuss issues affecting deaf young people across the UK. This blog post does not contain, or imply, my political views in any way.
It started with me carrying a rather large rucksack with me towards Lincoln Central train station. I then had to make two long train journeys (which allowed me to get back into reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web) before I arrived in Manchester. I had a quick bite to eat before we went to the conference for our first meeting.
On the way to the conference, nerves mixed with anxiety when I saw the conference building ahead of me – along with protestors who were situated by the main gate. As we entered, protesters jeered anyone with a pass and it was a little scary. Thankfully police officers were nearby and the procedure for getting into the centre was quick and easy.
We were then directed to our room in the centre, where we quickly spoke to our speech-to-text reporter (palantypist) to get communication support sorted. Shortly after we settled down, we had our first meeting with Maggie Throup MP.
Maggie Throup MP
During my meeting, we talked about the IQIPS accreditation for audiology services and Ofsted inspections for Teachers of the Deaf and other SEN services. It was great to meet Maggie and the meeting itself went really well.