Access to Work report criticises government for “threatening the employability” of Deaf people (BSL)

December 19, 2014


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The Work and Pensions Committee’s Access to Work report, published today, has heavily criticised the government’s Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for changes to how the scheme has been run. You can read the full report here, and there is also a BSL summary now online, which you can see by clicking here. The […]

Responses to the Access to Work report from the Disability Minister and deaf organisations

December 19, 2014



The responses to the Access to Work report have been coming in. The Disability Minister Mark Harper said yesterday: In the course of my evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into Access to Work, I accepted that during the reorganisation of Access to Work operations, from April to October 2014, we had […]

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Emily Howlett: Life has its own ice bucket challenges – look after each other this Christmas

December 19, 2014



A few years ago, a friend of mine decided to get married. As part of the celebration of impending nuptials, I was sucked into a large, loud, pink and glittery group of females that descended upon the nearest day spa with glee. Well, I tried very hard for ‘glee’; I reckon I probably topped out […]

Becca Hume: Are products and services for Deaf people outdated?

December 18, 2014


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Before I begin, I would like to tell you my background, my story. When I was 16 years old I began working part time in a well-known UK retail store. I worked in the foods department, so it was my role to make sure the shelves were packed and looked full. One day I was […]

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Read: William Mager’s article telling the moving story of a Deaf couple who appeared in a 1940 Pathé video

December 18, 2014


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BBC See Hear recently tracked down a Deaf couple who appeared in a Pathe news video online on their wedding day. In a BBC News article, series producer William Mager has written about the programme (which aired yesterday and can now be seen in full via the See Hear website) and the moving story they uncovered. […]

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Jen Dodds: My personal review of 2014! (BSL)

December 18, 2014



As 2014 is coming to an end, I thought it would be good to celebrate by doing my own little video review of the year (all views are mine, not the views of the Limping Chicken site in any way). To watch this article in BSL, signed by Jen, click play below! For me, 2014 was […]

Deaf News: Ofsted to inspect support given to deaf children by local authorities

December 18, 2014


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The Department for Education announced yesterday that it will invite Ofsted to formally inspect local authorities on how they meet their legal duties towards children with special educational needs (SEN). This is good news for Deaf children and their parents, who will now be able to assess the quality of the support they are being given, […]

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