Browsing All Posts published on »April, 2013«

The Question: Do hearing people fake their sneezes? We need to know

April 30, 2013


I’m partially deaf, but that hasn’t stopped me from detecting a distinctive difference in the way different people sneeze. Every sneeze has its own sound, and its own look. You could say every sneezer has their own distinctive Sneeze Signature. Some people’s sneezes arrive as though they are deeply unexpected. An interruption. A shock. Picture […]

Watch: Two concepts that could revolutionise subtitled cinema!

April 30, 2013


I was a bit sceptical when I first saw these two videos, but as I watched them I realised that both of them are onto something – creating a way of displaying subtitles in a cinema that only deaf people can see. If they work, it’d mean that hearing people don’t complain about being distracted, […]

Deaf News: Deaf leaders look to the future as 30% of eligible MPs back Early Day Motion calling for action on BSL

April 29, 2013


The closing date to sign Early Day Motion (EDM) 1167 passed on Friday with 122 MPs from across the political spectrum showing their support for government action on BSL. The EDM was tabled by Sir Malcolm Bruce MP on the tenth anniversary of the official recognition of BSL (British Sign Language) with the support of the […]

Charlie Swinbourne: How Deafinitely Theatre helped me become a scriptwriter (and how you can see my latest play at their 4Play showcase this week!)

April 29, 2013


One day in 2006, I struck up a conversation with Deafinitely Theatre’s Artistic Director Paula Garfield at Deaf Day in Covent Garden. That one chat, lasting only five minutes or so, was my first step into scriptwriting, because afterwards, with Paula’s encouragement, I went on to join Deafinitely Theatre’s scriptwriting group. I remember arriving for […]

Deaf news in BSL from Remark: Deaf man admits mass stabbing in America | Google translate helps Deaf woman to communicate

April 29, 2013


Click on the titles to go to Remark’s website, then click ‘BSL’ to watch the news in beautiful sign language! NDCS reports 26 councils for breaking information law The charity is concerned that support for deaf children is falling because of government cuts. In the last two years, 33% of councils cut services for deaf […]

Alison Leach: Mainstream education isn’t always inclusive for Deaf parents

April 26, 2013


The general consensus is that mainstream education is meant to be inclusive – and that special education is often looked at as a last resort. While mainstream education may work for some deaf children, I would like to highlight a recent experience I had as a Deaf parent with a hearing daughter in a hearing […]

Simon Herdman: How I became one of the presenters of the CBeebies BSL poetry series Magic Hands!

April 25, 2013


For most Deaf people, learning poetry is like trying to master the 292 languages of China in just one class. And it’s not just about learning one single poem; you have to take into account the aesthetics of poetry, such as rhyming, verse forms and repetition. Poetry resonates with contrasting images, is filled with layers […]