A victory for access to representation for all.
A Calderdale mother who was deaf and without speech was involved in complex proceedings relating to her child. Her inability to communicate her views in a way that could be understood caused her a great deal of stress and frustration.
By working alongside not only a British sign language interpreter but also a support worker and a deaf intermediary we were able to ensure that she was able to gain understanding of all the issues of the complex case and importantly that she had her voice & views heard and understood.
Despite being a stressful time for her, there was an undoubted and visible increase in her confidence. Finally she was able to feel that she was not being overlooked. She could take part in discussions, which increased her understanding of many important issues. Most of us would take these for granted.