These are the most recent updates posted to our site, in chronological order.
Professional Support by Oratorians for Ken Carter's Education & Technology Charitable Enterprises
Ken Carter introduces a selection of highly talented and outstanding Old Oratorians whom he had the privilege of teaching at the Oratory School and who have become leaders in the charities he has set up.
The METEC Special Needs Research & Development Unit
The Research & Development Unit wants to undertake relevant & essential worldwide research programmes concerning medicine, disability, cybernetics, technology and education
DEAL (Digital Education & Assisted Learning)
Ken Carter provides a brief overview of the latest research study based on experiences of students in higher education.
The Technology Revolution and Deafness - A Future Book For All Seasons
Ken Carter provides an overview of a book project still to be completed in BATOD Magazine
Deaf Awareness Video
A fantastic DEAF AWARENESS VIDEO promoting inclusion and the "Deaf Can" model
Calypso project interview with Ruth
An interview with Ruth Montgomery, Executive Project Manager, The Calypso Project
CALYPSO: “Come Down To Barbados” – Official Music Video
Official Music Video Ft. Sean Forbes, Wawa's World, and Joy Nightengale
Outstanding Contribution to Deaf Education: Professor Harold Silver
Ken Carter shares an obituary tribute to Professor Harold Silver in BATOD Magazine
The Pam and Harold Silver Memorial Fund
The principal beneficiaries of the estate of Pam & Harold Silver namely Vicki & Claire Silver have established a special Memorial Fund to further the outstanding work of their parents.
WORLD NEWS – UK – The Deaf Calypso Project
Article published in the European Association of Cochlear Implant Users promotes the fantastic work that was successfully delivered in Barbados led by Audiovisability alongside Decibels, Specialkidz, the Peter & Jan Boos Family Foundation Inc. & the Barbados Council for the Disabled
Disability Arts for Brain Health Webinar
Webinar series is produced in partnership with Sir Muir Gray, Director of the Optimal Ageing Programme at the University of Oxford and with Arts 4 Dementia features William Ogden, one of our Trustee Directors
Watch now: CALYPSO 2022
Calypso 2022 is a ground-breaking music and arts project designed to unite and empower the Deaf community in Barbados. Multi-faceted & international this project will feature concerts, workshops, music videos and exhibitions
New film explores how live entertainment is, or is not, made accessible to deaf fans
Cat Brewer’s “Sign the Show” screens at Holy Names University on Sept. 16 as part of the Oakland International Film Festival.
William Ogden Receives his BEM!
William Ogden had a very memorable day on Monday 5th September, 2022 at Winchester when he received his BEM from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire
Celebrating Decibels Trustee Director William Ogden’s BEM
We are thrilled to share that one of our Trustee Directors, William Ogden, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his ‘hands-on’ service that has made a significant difference to the lives of people in the local community.
The Dressage Two Hearts Music Project Report involving Laurentia Tan
"Creating Music Through Technology" - some support by Decibels with some sponsorship from the Sobell Foundation
Are You Listening / Listen To Me – Interim Report
Our interim report to The National Lottery Awards For All. This project fostered better relationships with organisations & professionals within the creative industries to help better understanding, created opportunities & brought together deaf and hearing & people for meaningful dialogue, creativity & celebrating especially after the pandemic.
A Celebration of Professor Harold Silver's Life
His inspiration & innovation were responsible for helping Deafax to be established and subsequently Decibels, AACT, EASiTEC, Deaf Aspirations, Ability2Access, Specialkidz International & GOALS4LIFE.
OVER 60 YEARS OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN PETER BOOS & KEN CARTER
2020 marked the 60th year of collaboration between Peter Boos and Ken Carter (pictured below), working together to improve the lives of the deaf in Barbados and England.
Watch: The Essay – Sannah Gulamani’s Belonging
Sannah Gulamani, Honorary Vice President of Decibels, is featured on the BBC's series 'The Essay'. Watch now with subtitles and sign language translation.
Creating music through Technology for Deaf & Disabled Young People
The Sobell Foundation grant has enabled Decibels to organise a series of activities entitled “Creating Music through Technology”. This has included lectures, seminars, workshops and events for those who are deaf, hard of hearing and have other related disabilities.
The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Special Needs
Artificial Intelligence has incredible potential to revolutionise almost every aspect of our daily lives, ranging from simple decision making to curing diseases, from making predictions to helping to solve global warming. Perhaps most importantly for METEC, it also presents a huge opportunity to support those with disabilities or special needs.
METEC Coronavirus Appeal
We are determined to fight on and publicise the excellent work we are achieving with deaf and disabled children, young people and adults, both nationally and internationally.
Listen to Me
Eloise Garland & Ken Carter secure a National Lottery Awards for All grant for Decibels “Listen to Me” Project
Social Purpose Marketing
Henley Business School postgraduate students Arthur, Millie, Jean and David undertake a small Social Purpose Marketing campaign on behalf of Decibels
CALYPSO Project Postponed due to Coronavirus
The Barbados CALYPSO Project has been delayed due to the global Coronavirus outbreak
Support from the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers
Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers supports the Creative Arts work of Decibels
CALYPSO Press Release
Calypso will bring together deaf and hearing musicians, artists, film makers, and writers from across the UK, USA and Barbados to help raise awareness in Barbados to deaf people’s needs
BARBADOS CALYPSO – Deaf Lives through Music & the Arts supported by the main generous sponsors the Maria Holder Memorial Trust
The 'Calypso' project is a collaboration between Decibels, Audiovisability, Barbados Council for the Disabled, SpecialKidz International, The Peter Boos Foundation and other partners
Trustee Director William Ogden on BBC Bitesize
William Ogden, one of our of Trustee Directors, was approached by the BBC to be interviewed to offer "peer-to-peer" guidance on 'identity' and embracing for who you are.
Ruth Montgomery appointed as Decibels’ new Creative Arts Director
We are pleased to announce that Ruth Montgomery, who we have worked with extensively over the past 6 years on some very important projects, has been appointed as our new Creative Arts Director!
Decibels and Audiovisability Art and Music Workshops: Evaluation
Art & Music Workshops at PACE as part of Decibels & Audiovisability “Creating Music through technology” which is sponsored by the Sobell Foundation
Decibels & Audiovisability: Challenges of creating music through audiological technology
The Challenges of Creating Music through Audiological Technology, by Decibels and Audiovisability - as part of the Decibels “Creating Music through Technology” project sponsored by Sobell Foundation
The Dressage Music Project
The Dressage Music Project involving Laurentian Tan - “CREATING MUSIC THROUGH TECHNOLOGY” supported by Decibels as a partner & sponsored by The Sobell Foundation
CALYPSO – Supporting Deaf Lives through Music & the Arts
The 'Calypso' project is a collaboration between Decibels, Audiovisability, Barbados Council for the Disabled, SpecialKidz International, The Peter Boos Foundation and other partners.
Makey Makey – Creating Music Through Technology
Decibels Project - "Makey Makey": Creating Music Through Technology funded by the Sobell Foundation
Please leave some of your wealth to Decibels, not the Government
Are you one of the 60% of Britons who haven't made a Will? If so, you may end up leaving much of your wealth to the Government instead of your family and a charity like Decibels! Don't make the mistake of thinking Wills are just for the rich. If you own a home, you are worth more than you think.
William Ogden Highlights the Need for Accessibility for Deaf People at Music Venues
William Ogden's excellent mini documentary film How I Go On Nights Out As A Deaf Music Fan, discussing his nights out as a deaf music fan, has been viewed by over 837,000 people so far via LadBible.
Sponsorship for the CALYPSO Barbados & UK Project
The Peter Boos Family Foundation has donated £7K to Specialkidz International of which Peter N. Boos FCA is Honorary President. The donation assists Ken Carter & Decibels in sponsoring and supporting the Calypso Project in collaboration with Ruth Montgomery and Eloise Garland of Audiovisibility.
Outstanding deaf musician Ruth Montgomery is a new member of the Clore Leadership Programme
Ruth Montgomery, who we have worked with extensively over the past 6 years on some very important projects, has become a new member of the Clore Leadership programme.
A Celebration of Theatre Arts Education & Deaf Studies and the Theatre of the Deaf
A highly creative event held by TAEDS (Theatre Arts Education and Deaf Studies) programme at the University of Reading. Decibels contributed some of the costs for producing the Celebratory programme.
An exciting new Audiovisability & Decibels project working with Deaf, Autistic and Hearing performers in Barbados, UK and other parts of the World
The Unheard World
On Monday, 18th October 2017 Audiovisability presented The Unheard World at Arlington Arts Centre, organised by Ruth Montgomery
Outstanding Deaf Musician, Dr Paul Whittaker, OBE, teams up with Decibels
Outstanding Deaf Musician, Dr Paul Whittaker, OBE, has teamed up with Decibels as an Consultant & Adviser. In 2005, Paul was awarded and OBE for Services to Music and holds Honorary degrees from the University of Huddersfield and the Open University.
Outstanding Deaf Artist links up with Decibels
We're pleased to announce Hamish Rosie is now a Professional Consultant to Decibels! Decibels is looking forward to working with Hamish on future developments.
Leave Decibels a Gift in your Will
Donate a gift to Decibels in your Will and leave a legacy that will live on
Sponsored by Arts Council, Unlocked is the name of our ongoing research project evaluating how the ever-expanding range of arts-based technologies can maximize the creativity of Deaf and disabled people and how they are being used by professional Deaf and disabled artists. Once our findings have been logged, we will create an online resource detailing our findings.
Raising the Bar
The ‘Raising the Bar’ project was developed by the National Deaf Children’s Society in 2015 to drive expectations of what deaf children and young people in the UK can achieve in dance and music.
Short Review of Sweeney Todd (Leighton Park)
The Leighton Park School production of “Sweeney Todd-the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” was attended by Ken Carter (Founder/Executive Director of Decibels) and Helen Lansdown (CEO of Deafax) on 9th February 2016.
Music for Special Children – Interim Report
This is Ruth Montgomery's Interim Report on the Decibels "Music for Special Children" Project, Sponsored by the Berkshire Community Foundation.
La Semaine Du Son – France
News, updates and coverage from La Semaine Du Son, France on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th of January 2016. On Monday, Christian Hugonnet, President founder of The Week of Sound, started the official presentation of the Charter of The Week of Sound to the members of UNESCO, sponsors and promoteurs. Read on for more...
Playing Music Together – Short Interim Report
A number of workshops have been ran at a range of locations as part of our Playing Music Together project, Sponsored by the Sobell Foundation. It was felt that the students had come a considerable way in their understanding of cause and effect, the ability to work as part of a team and also their ability to listen to the sounds they were producing.
The Millfield Experience 2015
Millfield Enterprises provide students with an all-round experience. They are proud of their course programmes and aim to have a variety of afternoon academies, clubs, evening activities and excursions available each week. Their main focus is on providing students with high quality English lessons during their stay and all students attending their courses will study 15 hours of English tuition per week.
FREE Music and Art Workshops for Special Children in Berkshire
FREE music and art workshops for special children in Berkshire, designed for children with autism, a disability or are deaf/hard of hearing.
House of Lords – The Year of Sound 2016-17
The Decibels Year of Sound – London 2016-2017 began with a highly successful event at the House of Lords on Wednesday, 25th May 2016 and was hosted by Lord Michael Berkeley of Knighton, CBE who is the Honorary President of the Decibels Charitable Trust.
WORLD MUSIC DAY IN BUDAPEST (HUNGARY) – “Tuned to Each Other”
Decibels and SpecialKidz have agreed to share the costs of sponsoring Ruth Montgomery who is a deaf professional musician and an excellent mentor to become involved with Budapest Music Project entitled "Tuned to Each Other" from Monday, 28th September to Friday, 2nd October, 2015.
Planning International Partnership Projects with Specialkidz, Decibels, Deaf Aspirations & The Aspire Foundation (Barbados)
Deaf Aspirations, Specialkidz, Decibels and the Aspire Foundation (Barbados) are planning to develop partnership projects to support young people & adults who are deaf, blind, autistic or have other disadvantages or disabilities.
Urgent Job Vacancy
We have an urgent job vacancy available for an Administrator (Voluntary/Consultancy-part-time). Prospective Candidates should click here to read more and apply.
Hands On Shakespeare
This ambitious Decibels pilot project aimed to encourage, promote and develop young people’s visual and literacy skills, have a greater understanding of the English language and its components, develop confidence, creative skills, artistic development & stronger communication skills, improve interaction and reduce isolation, communication breakdowns.
Vint & Sigrid Cerf’s visit to the BA (Hons.) TAEDS (Theatre Arts Education & Deaf Studies) course.
Architect/Inventor of the Internet, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist and Honorary President of Deafax Dr Vinton Cerf & Sigrid Cerf visited Theatre Arts Education & Deaf Studies course at the University of Reading.
Listening to the future
How can technology be used to support deaf children’s education? Ken Carter takes us on a lifetime’s voyage of technological discovery. This article was published in SEN Magazine; the UK's leading magazine for special educational needs.
Circle of Sound Project
We have been privileged to have had Mark, an experienced musician and workshop leader to run a series of workshops for learning disabilities.
Enabling Through the Creative Arts
Enabling Through the Creative Arts - BATOD Magazine March 2013 by Ken Carter
Drake Music Event
On Wednesday, 10th October 2012, a Music Workshop took place in the Music Department, delivered by Drake Music and performed with Carnivores of the Rockies, to a number of Berkshire Teachers of Music.
Decibels Pre-Christmas International Event 2013
We hosted the Decibels Trust Pre-Christmas International Event on Sunday, December 1st 2013. Here are some videos from the event.
Why the Internet Inventor backs Henley mans charity – Henley Standard
Why the Internet Inventor backs Henley mans charity - Henley Standard
Big Lottery / Awards for All Success
We are pleased to announce that we have been successful with our Awards for All Application and we have been granted £9,760.
Deafness… No Barrier to Music?
A literature investigation on the challenges deaf musicians are faced with in society. By Sannah Gulamani (May 2007) University of Wolverhampton, BA Hons. Music
Embodied Music Theory: New Pedagogy for Creative and Aural Development
This article presents a snapshot of pedagogical practice that integrates singing, expressive physical gesture, aural development, music theory and creativity.
Singing for the Brain
Published in the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health 2008, the paper reports the activities of a pilot study of group singing for people with Alzheimer’s and their carers.
Computer-based technology plays a central role in composition, recording, production and performance. Decibels is exploring the following solutions.
Kidz Aloud was a free olympics music workshop for autistic children. This project is now closed.
Sign Along with Music
This project will allow children and young people to get together in the local community, using one fundamental national language of communication and expression; sign language.
Colour Music Pilot Project 2014
This pilot project has started working with young deaf and hearing children so that they express their emotions, thoughts and feelings in understanding music through the use of art.
Circle of Sound
Decibels and Circle of Sound have worked together on a community music project in the areas of Woodley and Wokingham which followed a series of nine sessions, for adults who have learning disabilities
Providing a bridge between sound and silence, this is a special project which uses music with deaf children of mainly Primary School age.
This project is a collaboration with Deafax's present ongoing projects. The aim of this project and subsequent modules was to open up the world of deaf music to deaf children by showing them music through alternative senses.