Deaf News: Deaf student given go-ahead to launch legal action against government on Disabled Students’ Allowance

February 27, 2015

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Deaf student Zanna  Messenger-Jones’s legal team has been given the green light to launch legal action against the Government over its failure to consult disabled students on proposed restrictions to Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). With the support of the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), Zanna, from Ireleth, Cumbria can now proceed with a judicial review […]

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Deaf News: Thieves act deaf to steal iPhones from Essex estate agent

February 27, 2015

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A video clip on the BSL Zone site shows gangs in Paris who act Deaf to con money from tourists. Now it seems the trend of acting deaf in order to commit a crime has spread to the UK too. The Braintree and Witham times (who’ve unfortunately used the term ‘deaf and mute’ in their article) […]

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Samuel Dore: The Frustrations of being a Deaf Cinephile, Part 2 – Home Entertainment

February 27, 2015

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In my last article of The Frustrations of being a Deaf Cinephile series I wrote; I want to watch any film I want to wherever I want to and whenever I want to. For this article I’m writing about home entertainment, which includes VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray. So the quote should resonate nicely, especially when […]

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The Question: Can relationships between deaf and hearing people work? (BSL)

February 26, 2015

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I grew up in a Deaf family, and since I was young, I’ve met deaf people who are in relationships with other deaf people, and deaf people who are in relationships with hearing people. I’ve seen relationships that work, and don’t work, that stayed together, and sadly (or not so sadly in some cases) broke up. […]

Deaf News: Deaf man jailed for 9 years for £800,000 Access to Work fraud

February 25, 2015

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Extract from the Mail Online website: The profoundly deaf ringleader of an £800,000 disability allowance scam has been jailed for nine years after spending the cash on diamonds and foreign holidays. Shahab Reza, 52, set up a network of fake companies around the world while receiving benefits and persuaded his wife Shehnaz, daughter and son […]

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Susan Eagling: Why do companies ask Deaf people to speak on the phone to confirm their identity?

February 25, 2015

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My husband and I recently decided to buy travel insurance with the bank. When it came to medical questions, the person from the travel insurance company linked to the bank asked if I could speak on the phone. So l told the banker who was dealing with our money that it was not possible as l […]

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Zoe Harrison: Developing my ‘listening eyes’ as a deaf counsellor

February 24, 2015

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My first counselling experience was enough to make me cringe, due to the lack of understanding about why I needed to see one. I was told to talk about whatever was bothering me, so I must admit at the time I thought counselling was something that would take over my problem and deal with my […]

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