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Donna Williams: SignHealth are right – my Mum, and other deaf people in hospital, deserve better (BSL)

March 31, 2014


Last week, two articles on Limping Chicken made an impact on me. SignHealth’s research showing the lack of access to healthcare for deaf people and Jen Dodds’s brilliant call for unity are both incredibly relevant to me right now. I’ve been an admin for the Spit the Dummy Facebook group campaigning for a BSL Act for […]

Deaf News: House of Lords debate tonight on how the NHS is failing Deaf people

March 31, 2014


Following a shocking report on the health of deaf people, which was released last week by the Deaf health charity SignHealth, there will be a debate in the House of Lords today. The debate will look at ways of improving the health of deaf people. SignHealth’s Sick Of It report shows that Deaf people have […]

Mike Hawthorne: Why I’m running the London Marathon to raise money for deafblind people

March 28, 2014


Even though I’ve always kept active – gymnastics and dancing are my big passions – I never really liked running. But next month I will be running a gruelling 26.2 mile race along with the 37,000 runners taking part in the London Marathon. Why, you ask? Well, it’s not just for the thrill of taking […]

Watch: The latest cochlear implant switch-on video to go viral

March 28, 2014


News spread online yesterday about a deaf woman, with Usher syndrome, who can be seen crying with joy in an online video when her cochlear implants were activated for the first time. According to Mail Online, Joanne Milne, aged 40, began to lose her hearing as a toddler and in her twenties, also her sight. […]

Amanda Richards: How my seven years of silence came to an end but my Deafness lives on

March 27, 2014


I had worn hearing aids all my life but seven years ago I was subjected to some awful abuse that destroyed my confidence and drove me away from the hearing world. The fact that I wore hearing aids and used sign was the reason my abusers targeted me. My abusers held vibrating mobile phones to […]

Jen Dodds: BSL users shouldn’t have to battle with other deaf people

March 26, 2014


So many things about being deaf are the same, no matter “how deaf”’ you are, or how you like to communicate. Most of us can lipread – even if it’s only enough to understand important questions like “Do you want red or white wine?” Most of us also use subtitles; I’m sure there’d be total […]

Deaf News: SignHealth claim research shows thousands of deaf people are suffering from “unintentional neglect” by the NHS

March 25, 2014


The Deaf healthcare charity SignHealth are today releasing the results of a five year study into the health of Deaf people, which they say shows that thousands of Deaf people are suffering from undiagnosed, potentially life-threatening conditions, because of unintentional neglect by the NHS. The charity also say that this is costing the health service £30 […]