Deafax: transforming livesDeafax Mission Statement:
Empowering deaf people of all ages to leadfulfilling lives through the use of innovative communications technologies

Founded in 1985, Deafax is a charitable company with a national remit and strong international links. It pioneers the innovative use of education, training and research projects involving Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for deaf people of all ages, teachers, employers, health professionals and provides workshops in schools for the deaf throughout the UK.

Deafax has recently established an ICT Research and Development Unit and delivers long distance training programmes from its Virtual Learning Centre based on the Bulmershe Court campus of the University of Reading.

Deafax operates with extensive support for specific activities from statutory, commercial and philanthropic bodies. These activities are directed to improving the learning and social inclusion of deaf children and adults.

The Research Unit has been set up with the support of its Honorary President Dr Vinton Cerf, who is widely recognised as the 'Architect/Inventor of the Internet' and who currently works as Google's Chief Internet Evangelist. The aims are to:

  • Undertake and seek funding for research and development programmes focused on ICT and deafness, and other related disabilities which enhance learning, understanding and communication for the benefit of deaf and hearing children, young people and adults.
  • Identify research and development activities selectively so as to ensure best practice and excellence that are nationally and internationally recognised.
  • Continue to create a network of professional contacts with universities, research bodies, government agencies and professional organisations worldwide so the pioneering work of Deafax is promoted and represented at varying influential levels.
  • Disseminate the outcomes of our research and development studies through reputable media outlets, research publications, conferences and websites.
  • Study trends of current and emerging technologies and evaluate their potential for improving the social, educational, employment and quality of life of deaf and hearing people globally.

Contact details

Ken Carter, Director of Research

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  • Website:
  • Address: Deafax, ICT Research and Development Unit, Room G15, Institute of Education, London Road Campus, 4 Redlands Road, University of Reading, Reading, RG1 5EX
  • Telephone: +44 (0)118 9351936
  • Fax: +44 (0)118 9351936

Principal Office

  • Address: Deafax, No. 1 Earley Gate, University of Reading, Whiteknights Road, PO Box 236, Reading, RG6 6AT, UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0)118 9353685
  • Fax: +44 (0)118 9353686
  • Minicom: +44 (0)118 9353688

Deafax is a U.K. Registered Charity (No:1095398) & Company Limited by Guarantee (No:4586634)

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Ken Carter
Director of Research

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  • Telephone:
    +44 (0)118 9351936
  • Fax:
    +44 (0)118 9351936

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