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Charlie Swinbourne: The day Richard Griffiths told us about being brought up by Deaf parents

March 30, 2013

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It was announced yesterday that the actor Richard Griffiths has died at the age of 65 following heart surgery. My earliest memory of seeing Griffiths in action was as a child when I used to watch his series Pie in the Sky, where, if recollection serves me right, he played a chef who was also […]

98% of Tory MPs haven’t signed the BSL motion but the Lib Dems lead the way

March 30, 2013

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Almost half of the available Liberal Democrat MPs have signed parliamentary EDM (Early Day Motion) 1167 calling for more support for users of BSL (British Sign Language) while only 2% of Conservative MPs that are not in government have signed the motion. Labour don’t fare much better with only 9% of their MPs showing support […]

Deaf News: Deaf patient in Scottish hospital left without an interpreter for twelve days

March 28, 2013

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A shocking report in the Scotsman has revealed how a Deaf patient was left isolated and unable to communicate for 12 days at a hospital in Scotland because of a failure to provide her with access to a sign language interpreter. The patient repeatedly asked for an interpreter, but none was provided. Following a complaint, […]

Robert Mandara: Programming your own hearing aids, part 1. Why you should do it!

March 28, 2013

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Last year, the BBC reported that more and more hearing aid users are programming their own hearing aids. Here, in the first part of a three-part series, Limping Chicken reader Robert Mandara explains why you should do it. Would you buy a television if the salesman insisted that only he could set the channel, volume, […]

Ni Gallant: Being mocked by a fellow student, and the lessons I learned from it

March 27, 2013

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I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t entirely sure about writing this article; I’ve been asked to write about what it’s like to be a Deaf student and I don’t want to feel responsible for giving people the wrong idea about university life for deafies – however I think a lot of […]

Watch: Deafblind artist’s second foray into film making

March 27, 2013

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There’s no stopping this guy. This is a  friend of mine and the best artist I know personally (except my Mum). His name is Jamie ‘Lloyd’ McCullough and he has made his second foray into film making. Jamie has Usher syndrome and communicates using hands-on signing. I know from speaking to Jamie that he has […]

Deaf News: Mobile app turns iPhone into a hearing aid!

March 27, 2013

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Researchers at the University of Essex have developed a free mobile app that turns an iPhone or iPod into a hearing aid, using the phone’s microphone and a set of headphon. Unlike standard hearing aids that simply amplify all sounds, the BioAid app is inspired by biology and replicates the complexities of the human ear. […]