An article in today’s Independent features the story of a deaf teenager called Ellen Arthurs, who talks about her isolation and how she felt excluded when growing up.
In the article, Ellen says: “I think teenagers find it difficult to accept any difference…. It’s worst when I’m in a restaurant with people around the table. They have to keep repeating themselves and then just say, ‘Oh, I’ll tell you later,’ and it gets very frustrating. In those situations I feel like I don’t want to go – I just want to stay at home and be with my family.” Happily, things have now improved for Ellen.
The article links to the NDCS’s Look, Smile, Chat campaign, and lists Ellen’s tips for talking to people with hearing loss.
* Get my attention before you start talking, and then look at me as you speak.
* Don’t talk too quickly or too slowly. Speak clearly, just as you would to anyone else.
* Lip-reading helps so don’t exaggerate your mouth movements or talk too loudly.
* If it’s important, write it down or tell me when we’re somewhere quiet.
* There are other ways to communicate. Find me online or through my phone.
* Please be patient. It can be frustrating but we will all benefit if we can communicate well.
The Limping Chicken is the world's most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne. Find out how to write for us by clicking here, how to follow us by clicking here, and read our disclaimer here.
The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below:
- Eyewitness Media: TV and film from a Deaf perspective
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. Find out about the Deaf fashion bloggers taking on the world!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignLive: Online video interpreting for Deaf people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- Association of Notetaking Professionals: The professional body representing Electronic and Manual Notetakers
- Sign Solutions: communication support, training and translation
- InterpretersLive: On demand BSL video interpretation
- Cast Theatre, Doncaster: The UK's the UK’s first fully BSL integrated pantomime
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Ozen: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- deafPLUS: BSL advice helpline
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Captioned and BSL interpreted performances (see dates here)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Residential education for deaf children
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- Deaf Independent: Deaf care and support services
- Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts
- National Deaf Children's Society: The leading charity for deaf children
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people