Deaf News: Deaf people can now contact Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman in BSL

September 2, 2014

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The Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman (PHSO) have signed up to the SignVideo BSL Live service to make it easier for BSL users to contact them. On their main page at www.ombudsman.org.uk you will find a ‘Video link for BSL users’. When you click on it, you will be connected to a professional, qualified and fully confidential SignVideo […]

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Meriah Nichols: 10 dumb things hearing people commonly say to deaf people – featuring Captain Picard

September 2, 2014

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1. “You don’t look deaf!” There is no way to look deaf. You don’t need to ever tell a deaf person, “you don’t look deaf!” because really, how could you look deaf? 2. “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?” A lot of people shout at us. But think about that for a second. Shouting at a deaf person. […]

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‘My special place,’ an anonymous essay by a 10 year old child who has deaf parents

September 1, 2014

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My Special Place Being in a deaf world is my special place. When I’m at home or it’s the weekend, I’m in the deaf world. But when I’m at school or at a friend’s house, I have to swap worlds and go into the hearing world. So being in the deaf world is quite important […]

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Deaf News: American Deaf woman sues to get sign language interpreter for baby’s birth

September 1, 2014

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Earlier this year, a British Deaf couple made headlines when they complained about the lack of an interpreter during their baby’s birth. Things aren’t any better across the Atlantic, as this story from America shows. Extract from the Miami Herald: Sometime this month or next, Cheylla Silva will be admitted to Baptist Hospital to give […]

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Watch: The video everyone’s talking about, ‘Happy’ in sign language!

August 29, 2014

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It’s the video that’s gone viral and is being added to more news sites on a daily basis – the signed version of Pharrell Williams’s song ‘Happy’, which was made by a group of Deaf Campers at the Deaf Film Camp 2014. It even features a Deaf Brit – Bim Ajadi, who has made a […]

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Emily Howlett: What it’s like to be a deaf auntie

August 29, 2014

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It’s one thing being a mother. It’s quite another being a deaf mother. And being a deaf auntie is a whole different ball game. At least when you are the parent of a brat, you are allowed to acknowledge that it is, indeed, a brat and decide how you will deal with it. You don’t […]

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Louise Stern: A new book with a story that cuts through to what the deaf experience really is

August 28, 2014

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Born in Northern Ireland, reared in Scotland, the writer and translator Donal McLaughlin lives like a nomad. His work takes him all over. The flow of speech and vocabulary the world over is his delight – both in his day-to-day life, where he takes a keen interest in every character that turns up, and in […]

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