Welcome to The Limping Chicken, the UK’s independent deaf news and deaf blogs website. We publish blogs, comment and news stories which focus on diverse deaf lives across this country and the world, laying eggs every weekday morning. In December 2013, we had our finest hour to date when we broke the story about the ‘fake’ sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial service – which went global instantly, with many news sites quoting our Editor, Charlie Swinbourne’s news article. This site is deaf-produced and editorially independent. How can I contact you? To contact us, just email firstname.lastname@example.org We’re very friendly! Can I contribute to the site? So far, we’ve published articles by over 120 deaf writers. So if you have something to say, or a story you’d like to tell, click here for information about how you can write for The Limping Chicken! Who produces this site? The Limping Chicken now has a team of Deaf people (and one token non-deaf person!) working to put the site together! Our Editor is partially-deaf journalist and scriptwriter Charlie Swinbourne, who has written for The Guardian and BBC Online about deaf culture, as well as contributing to programmes on television and radio. He has also written award-winning dramas featuring deaf characters. Our Deputy Editor is Andy Palmer, son of Deaf parents and father to a Deaf son. Andy works for a hearing loss charity and volunteers for the Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society on their website, deaf football coaching and other events. Our Friday Editor is Emily Howlett, deaf mum, author and actress – who has starred in some thought-provoking deaf films. A team of Contributing Editors write once a month for the site. They are: Jen Dodds, Nick Sturley and Donna Williams. Thank you to James Norris, superstar deaf graphic designer, for designing the chicken logo! Why the name? In February 2012, BBC3 broadcast a documentary about five deaf teenagers. In one scene, a university notetaker told a deaf student that she couldn’t take notes for the whole lecture because “my chicken is ill.” The notetaker’s only fault was being too honest (read this blog in her defence) but nevertheless, those words sparked an online craze in the deaf world, with social networking sites being overrun by jokes, spoof images and tribute videos about her chicken within just a few hours of the programme going out. Those words hit a nerve because they reminded deaf people everywhere of both how random and frustrating deaf life can be. ‘Chickengate’ not only revealed the common ground deafies share, but also just how connected we are online. So this site was named in honour of how a limping chicken briefly united the deaf world! Who are you supported by? The Limping Chicken is supported by a range of charities and organisations linked to deafness, all of whom offer services that enhance deaf lives. Click on the links on the right-hand side of this page or go to our Supporter’s page to find out more about them: http://limpingchicken.com/our-supporters/ The founding sponsor of The Limping Chicken is deaf training and consultancy company Deafworks. This site owes Deafworks its very existence for supporting us from the very start!