Find out all about our Supporters!

Posted on May 10, 2013

The Limping Chicken is supported by a range of charities and organisations linked to deafness, and we’re proud to be associated with them because we feel that all of them have the interests of deaf people at heart.

Below, you can find out more about the services they provide!



Remark! is the UK’s biggest BSL company, we specialise in communication – be this Training, Interpreting, Film and Television or Translation. We are very lucky to work with some very exciting clients including the BBC, Google, British Airways and The London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee.

We are a diverse bunch with a remit as wide-reaching as our client list. One thing inherent in all that we do is the desire to improve the lives of Deaf, hard of hearing and Blind individuals.

Central to this is the work we do in the community. Our charity arm, Remark! Community, provide lunch clubs to tackle adult isolation and play-schemes to foster confidence in Deaf children. Profits from each of the divisions are re-invested to fund these initiatives – we believe that we should be giving back to the community we belong to and it is this which is the driving force behind the charity.

We currently support around 300 deaf vulnerable people each week, through our various clubs, and plan many more clubs in the future. To find out more about what we do, visit our community pages.

Visit Remark’s website:

Deaf Umbrella


Deaf Umbrella is proud to be sponsoring Limping Chicken, because we share the Limping Chicken’s commitment to informing deaf and non deaf readers about deaf culture and deaf awareness.

Deaf Umbrella has been supporting deaf students in further and higher education in the London & South East Region for over a decade by providing highly trained Language Service Professionals through our award-winning training.

We have forged close working links with The University of Greenwich and have now launched a Language Service Professional Development (LSPD) Course at Level 4 that attracts 60 University Credits. Our partnership will enable people with a minimum BSL Language Level 2 to study at University level to obtain formal recognition as a Level 4 Communication Support Worker.

We are dedicated to building career paths and providing deaf students with excellent support. Rachel Hubbard – CEO of Deaf Umbrella says: “Training and development of support workers is a necessity to allow Deaf students their identity and the independence they need to grow. We are excited to be a part of highlighting the great work of talented deafies across the country”.

Visit Deaf Umbrella’s website:

Sign Video

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 14.19.50SignVideo was established in 2004 and has been going from strength to strength, providing you with instant access to our highly qualified interpreters through our designated call centre.

At SignVideo, we use the latest videophone technology to bring people together in vision. We want to ensure that everyone has equal access to all communication and information and we offer all our customers four high quality services which come as standard:

  • Video Relay Service – Deaf people can make and receive telephone calls in BSL
  • Video Remote Interpreting – Access to a BSL interpreter for last minute or short meetings
  • English/BSL Translation – Translation from written English to BSL and vice versa
  • Voice Carry-Over – Deaf people who prefer to use their own voice can receive responses in BSL.

Our service is now widely available at many public service organisations and you can find your nearest Access Point by simply entering your postcode into our search facility.

We hope you find all the information you need on our website or to contact us, email

121 Captions

???121 Captions leads the field in bridging the gap between the hearing and deaf communities.

A group of independent professionals came together in 2003 and their services grew into 121 Captions. This group initially worked on assignments such as supplying speech to text for a deaf consultant in all her meetings, captioning international teleconference calls for a deaf professional, supplying transcripts of podcasts for an educational institution, providing sign language interpreters for a deaf entrepreneur at various social events in London, lipreading CCTV for the police and ransom tapes for the newsrooms, and providing deaf awareness consultancy and bespoke training to a team of hearing colleagues with a deaf member of staff.

Today, deaf and hard of hearing people are actively involved at all levels of 121 Captions, bringing a unique insight and wealth of experience that no other communication firm offers. Based on years of experience, we offer an “inside-out” view of meeting client needs, as opposed to other companies who offer an “outside-in” service.

To find out more, go to:


SW Purple logo & nameSignworld is owned by two of the UK’s most experienced and highly-qualified BSL teachers, teacher-trainers and interpreter-trainers, Linda Day and Tessa Padden.

It’s the biggest website of learning resources for BSL teachers and learners, from beginners to interpreters. Teachers use Signworld as part of their courses to achieve better results. Learners use our website to practise and refresh their BSL between classes, in their own time and at their own speed.

Some special features that make Signworld unique are: 14 regional variations from all over the UK; Wordsearch – find any phrase that uses the word/sign you want; flip-switch for left- or right-handed signing; optional subtitles for when you’re stuck; hundreds of interactive BSL tests, both receptive and productive; in-depth grammar and linguistic advice.

Packages include: BSL Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Levels 4-6 to follow); Fingerspelling – Beginner to Advanced; Medical & other specialisms; Teachers’ support packages, presented in BSL. We work with colleges, schools, universities, individual learners, teachers and national Deaf organisations such as NDCS and the Association of British Sign Language Teachers and Assessors (ABSLTA).

To find out more, go to the Signworld website:  or send them an email:

STAGETEXT – making every word count

Stagetext RGBSTAGETEXT is a charity which provides captioning and live speech-to-text transcription for events in theatres, museums, galleries and other arts venues. Similar to television subtitles, captions enable people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing to follow a wide range of arts and cultural events through English text.

STAGETEXT captions around 250 performances a year in over 80 venues around the country; more than 40 theatres now have their own in-house service, bringing the total number of captioned shows around the UK to over 600 a year. We work with venues to develop new audiences and bring former audiences back into the theatre, and encourage smaller community groups and amateur theatre to offer captioned shows by training volunteer captioners.

Last year we provided access to over 80 talks in museums and galleries in London, and we plan to roll out the service in other regions later this year.

To find out more about subtitled events go to or email to receive their monthly newsletter.

Bee Communications

logo-hiresBee Communications are delighted to sponsor Limping Chicken and support the great work the website does in raising the profile of deaf people.

Bee Communications provides communication services for deaf people. We specialize in providing Remote Captioning, which enables deaf people to read what is being said during meetings, telephone calls and conferences.

All you need to use the service is access to the internet. It costs just £65 per hour and can be paid for by Access to Work or Student Finance England. Bee Communications provide free demonstrations and training.

For more information please visit our website or get in touch with by emailing

Krazy Kat theatre company

KrazyKatLetterHeaderKrazy Kat Theatre Company creates theatre incorporating Sign Language Arts, accessible for deaf children and their hearing peers. Devised and performed by an integrated company of deaf and deaf-aware practitioners, Krazy Kat are developing a distinctive, ambitious style of highly skilled integrated Sign Language Arts.

Founding Artistic Director Kinny Gardner, formerly a member of Scottish Mime Theatre, has become a recognised leader in the development of visual theatre with integrated signing. He remains committed to the advocacy of diversity and accessibility in U.K. Arts.

Krazy Kat’s work promotes access to the arts for the deaf and champions the value of sign language to the hearing. We are seen by both the deaf and hearing communities as major innovators in the field of Sign Language Arts.

To visit Krazy Kat’s website, go to:


Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 14.22.39SignHealth is the healthcare charity for deaf people.

We want to see a world where deaf people are as healthy as hearing people. Deaf people can find it hard to get equal access to health care and health information. Because of this, deaf people are more likely to become ill.

SignHealth has been working for over 20 years to improve the health of deaf people  – initially in mental health and now more generally.You can download our vision statement here.

To visit SignHealth’s website, go to

Lipspeaker UK

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 14.14.00Lipspeaker UK are the UK’s only specialist provider of lipspeaking support.  A lipspeaker is a hearing person who has been professionally trained to be easy to lipread.

Lipspeakers reproduce clearly the shapes of the words and the natural rhythm and stress used by the speaker. They also use facial expression, gesture and, if requested, finger spelling, to aid the lipreader’s understanding. Many lipspeakers also have BSL skills and can offer sign supported lipspeaking.

We are a reliable, unique lipspeaker booking company offering a premier service at an affordable price. Run by qualified and experienced lipspeakers, we cover national and international work. Bookable by text, email and our on-line booking form.

All of our Language Service Professionals (LSP’s) are qualified, registered and insured. Some hold (Developed Vetting) security clearance for the government and all are police checked though the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

To go to the Lipspeaker UK website, go to:

Action Deafness Communications

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 14.31.31AD Communications provides Sign Language Interpreting and red dot online video interpreting, as well as other forms of communication support for Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and deafblind communities.

The service currently employs five interpreters, as well as drawing on a large pool of freelance Language Service Professionals (LSPs). AD Communications works in partnership with Language Service Associates (LSA) to provide spoken language interpreting services.

AD Communications and LSA place quality at the forefront of its provision. We ensure that all Language Service professionals are CRB checked at enhanced level. We only use LSPs that are registered with the National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and deafblind People (NRCPD) or for spoken language interpreters, registered with the National Register of Public Sector Interpreters (NRPSI).

To go to Action Deafness Communication’s website, go to:

Hamilton Lodge School

Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 15.24.56Hamilton Lodge teaches each one of its Primary, Secondary and Further Education students to:

  • successfully acquire language and communication skills
  • develop emotionally, socially & spiritually
  • be healthy and fit and enjoy their leisure time
  • become confident and independent young people ready to be able to continue learning and enter employment

Both deaf and hearing staff work at the school and are highly trained to meet individual needs. Support is given by an Educational Audiologist and a Speech and Language Therapist.

The Care department runs an independence programme training students to access activities in the local community and in their home areas. We believe passionately in the role residential special schools can play in the lives of children; the lifelong friendships made, the emotional support and the opportunities for formal and informal learning.

We are in partnership with two local colleges, Brighton City and Plumpton, to provide FE students with an enriched college life. Students are supported by Student Support Workers on their courses and further guidance, curriculum support and reinforcement is provided by teachers of the deaf, Deaf Studies tutors and the Speech & Language Therapist within the FE department.

To find out more about Hamilton Lodge school, go to:

RAD Deaf Law Centre

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 14.01.12We operate on a national level, providing a range of legal advice services as well as training for Deaf people and the legal profession across England, Wales and Scotland.

We have offices based in Newport (South Wales) and London. We also regulate the Deaf Law Quality Mark for law firms, Law Centres and other legal services.

RAD aims to promote equality for Deaf people through the provision of accessible services, and as part of RAD’s mission, we have formulated our own vision, mission and values in order to create a better future for Deaf people.

Go to the RAD Deaf Law Centre website here: or contact for more information.

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