Deborah Rehmat: Gradual hearing loss – “It’s more about not being able to understand”

September 17, 2014


'Maybe we should just use wooden spoons?'

“It’s not really so much about not being able to hear – it’s more about not being able to understand”. My father and I were talking on the phone when he made this remark about progressive hearing loss – something we talk about a lot these days. He has worn hearing aids for decades and […]

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Deaf News: Cautious response from NDCS to news of delay in cuts to Disabled Students’ Allowance

September 16, 2014


Fingerspellathon with Rachel Shenton

Last week, the Government announced that proposed changes to Disabled Students Allowance will be postponed by a year. However the response from the NDCS, who are campaigning against these cuts, is a cautious one. Ian Noon, Head of Policy and Research at the charity said: “It is encouraging that the Government has responded to serious concerns regarding […]

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Ammaar Hussein: How young deaf people like me are more vulnerable to bullying

September 16, 2014



I am Ammaar Hussein, I am 16 and from Harrow. I have a Profound Sensori Neural hearing loss and wear two hearing aids. I am currently starting A-levels and I will be studying History, Art, Government and Politics. In the future I want to become a Teacher of the Deaf and help deaf young people with […]

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Jade Chapman: My deaf sister has shown me why sign language should be taught in schools

September 15, 2014


Jade and Laura

I am a 17 year old student and live in Norfolk, along with my profoundly deaf 10 year old sister and the rest of my family. Unfortunately, my sister Laura is unable to talk due to being profoundly deaf, along with having verbal dyspraxia. Due to being unable to speak, her only communication method is […]

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Deaf News: Deaf man from Leicester sentenced to 28 years in prison for murder of Deaf grandfather

September 15, 2014



A Deaf man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for murdering another Deaf man as he slept. Extract from the Leicester Mercury: A murderer who stabbed his love rival to death in a “savage and merciless execution” will have to serve 28 years behind bars. Awat Akram (25) was convicted unanimously by a […]

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Emily Howlett: Are cochlear implants child abuse, a ‘quick fix’ or a threat to Deaf identity?

September 12, 2014



As anyone who reads my Deaf Mum column will have noticed, cochlear implants have been quite a hot topic of conversation for me recently. And when I say hot, I mean scorching. Having been burned by both sides of all the arguments over the years, I thought it was about time someone tried to look […]

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Watch: Charlie takes part in the Tea Bag Challenge!

September 11, 2014


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After Andy Palmer’s article this morning, our Editor Charlie Swinbourne has taken the Tea Bag Challenge. Watch his efforts below! Charlie’s donating £3 to the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society). All you have to do is text Donate to 70755 right after that tea bag eventually lands in the cup!

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