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Sarah Beazley
BSc (Hons), MRCSLT

Sarah has worked with d/Deaf people since 1983. She organised a specialist service in Leeds and then took posts at Leeds Polytechnic, Manchester Polytechnic and Manchester University as a lecturer on undergraduate and postgraduate courses for speech and language therapists and teachers of d/Deaf children.

In tandem with her academic work, she worked as a specialist consultant speech and language therapist in the NHS for many years and also developed a service for d/Deaf students in a bilingual post-16 setting.


Sarah currently works with a local not-for-profit organisation providing residential and other services for young people with complex needs and contributes to the development a whole schools approach to service delivery in addition to taking a lead in training.


Sarah has done some professional work in the Middle East. She is an Executive Editor for the international journal 'Disability & Society' and has written many publications in the area of deafness and disability.

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Judy Halden
MA (Ed), BA (Hons), MRCSLT​

Judy has been working with deaf people since 1978 which began by setting up a Specialist SLT Service at Heathlands School in St Albans and then developed this throughout Hertfordshire. She went on to work in Camden and Islington Specialist Service and at the RNID as Speech Therapy Advisor until 1990. She then joined the City Lit Centre for Deaf People where she ran the Speech and Language Therapy Service for both deaf and deafened adults and had the responsibility for running training courses for Deaf people and for professionals involved in working in the education of deaf people. Judy has also worked as a specialist speech and language therapist in a bilingual unit for deaf children in Luton. Qualifying as a teacher of deaf children in 2002 Judy has also worked in a variety of educational settings and is an advisor, lecturer and supervisor for the University of Hertfordshire's training course for teachers of deaf children. She is currently working for Hertfordshire's Specialist Advisory Service as a specialist teacher for hearing impairment and is an honorary research associate for UCL's Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. In addition Judy works as a freelance assessor and consultant for specialist services to deaf people both in Education Authorities and Health Trusts. Judy was involved in the development of and still teaches on the CSD Part 1 and 2 courses.

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Ruth Merritt 

Ruth qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) in 1982 and has worked most of her career developing specialist skills in the field of deafness working in a range of schools, clinic and hospital settings including working at Great Ormond Street Hospital Paediatric Cochlear Implant Programme as the Joint Principal Speech and Language Therapist from 2002- 2011.


Since 2011, Ruth has worked  as a consultant SLT for a primary school with a unit for children with complex communication needs including cerebral palsy, learning disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, dyspraxia and Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties.


Ruth has taught at a number of Undergraduate SLT courses and continues to teach on the two postgraduate courses for SLTS working in the field of deafness.


Ruth is also regularly instructed as an expert witness in medico-legal cases and SEN Tribunals related to children and adults with deafness and cerebral palsy.

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