It is with sadness that ASLI shares the news of the passing of Stewart Simpson OBE on Tuesday 21st April 2020, aged 85 years. Stewart headed the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) from when it was established is 1980 for nearly twenty years until he stepped down in 1999.
The origins of CACDP (predecessor to both NRCPD and Signature) lay in a Government funded communications skills project administered by the British Deaf Association and aimed at developing signing and communication skills in hearing people and to establish a register of qualified interpreters.
As director of the communication skills project from 1979 to 1981 and chief executive of the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People from 1982 to 1999, Stewart was at the helm of this new organisation at a most crucial time in the establishment and history of our profession as well as communications services for, by and with Deaf people.
Our sincere condolences go his family and all those who knew Stewart and who can celebrate his many, and significant, achievements.