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Our History

Since we helped pioneer the first text phone in the 1970s, deafPLUS have been at the forefront of developing innovative tech solutions and on the ground services for deaf people. Here is our journey so far...
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Charity registered with Charity Commissioners in January 1971 – First two full-time workers appointed

1971
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First use of adapted teleprinter-telephones

1972
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First Phonetype system TTY (textphone) call in the UK between Andrew Kenyon and David Hyslop (Trustee and staff member)

1973
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First centre opened in Birmingham

1974
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London centre established

1977
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Name was changed from ‘Breakthough Trust Deaf-Hearing Group’ to ‘Breakthough Trust Deaf-Hearing Integration’

1981
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Opening of office in Farnborough

1982
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Mobile Advisory Service (MAS) launched

1984
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David Hyslop awarded OBE for his work with Breakthrough

1996
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Name changed to deafPLUS

2002
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National Office moves to Whitechapel, London

2005
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Service and office in Bath, Somerset launched

2008
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VisionPLUS: service for Visually Impaired people launched

2009
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deafPLUS celebrates 40th anniversary

2011
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National BSL video Advice Line launched

2015
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Merged with Deaf Access. Bromley centre opened.

2016
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deafPLUS’ BSL Advice Helpline wins a national award by the Helplines Partnership for the ‘Best use of innovative technology’

2017
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