The 2013 Deaflympics start today, so here at Limping Chicken we thought we should tell you, our humble readers, how you can follow all the news and action from Sofia!
The BSL Zone has a dedicated Deaflympics site, and the site has already been showing one video profile (with subtitles) of a Deaf competitor every day for the past ten days. Watch them here to find out more about our athletes!
The games begin today, and from tonight at 9pm, there will be daily video updates posted on the BSL Zone’s Deaflympics site every night, presented in BSL by Jane Atkinson.
Then, from lunchtime on Saturday, there will be daily video highlights on the site, showing clips summing up the previous day’s action, which will be on the site from midday each day (the Deaflympics run until 4th August).
There will also be two half hour television programmes summing up each week of the Deaflympics, which will be shown on Monday 5th August and Monday 12th August, on digital TV and on the BSL Zone site (check out the BSL Zone for times and dates).
An invaluable resource is the UK Deaf Sport website, which has all kinds of information about our athletes and the games.
And don’t forget you can also follow the results (and find out all about the games) using the official Sofia 2013 website! There will also be a live stream on the site.
The good news is that Britain has already got off to a good start, winning our first medal – a bronze for Melanie Jewett in the Marathon last weekend, which was held (in advance of the rest of the games) in Germany!
So let’s get behind our Deaf men and women, many of whom have had to raise their own funds to get there and represent us.
Come on Team GB!
The Limping Chicken is the world's most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne.
The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below:
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. Find out the benefits of live captioning at university!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- BSL Zone: TV programmes in BSL for the Deaf community
- Stellar Communications: Speech-to-Text services
- 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
- Eyewitness Media: TV and film from a Deaf perspective
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Helen Foulkes Translations: BSL translations
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- 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
- 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
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Hearing Choices: 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