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Welcome to The Limping Chicken, the UK’s independently-run deaf news and deaf blogs site.

We focus on the full range of the deaf experience, publishing blogs by Deaf people across the UK and the world, laying eggs every weekday morning.

Since February 2012, we’ve clocked up over 4 million views, and we are currently the most popular deaf blog in the world.

In December 2013, we went global when we broke the story of the fake interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial service, which temporarily caused the site to crash.

Twitter_CharlieThis site is edited by deaf filmmaker and journalist Charlie Swinbourne  (who has written for the Guardian, Mirror and BBC Online, and has also made a range of comedies, dramas and documentaries in BSL) and is editorially independent.

Contact us

To contact us, just email editor@limpingchicken.com.

Contributing to the site

So far, we’ve published articles by over 200 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!


Here are just a few examples of our impact in wider media.

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 was picked up by other news outlets before going global.

Many news sites quoted our Editor, Charlie Swinbourne’s news article breaking the story. Find out more about what happened by clicking here.

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Our Editor, Charlie Swinbourne, also appeared on BBC News in July 2014 explaining the Deaf Facebook craze for challenging each other to film ourselves tipping water on our heads. Here’s the video:

Also in July 2014, Charlie was quoted on how deaf people who need support in employment are being faced by problems with Access to Work in this BBC News article about the responsibilities facing the new Disability Minister.

He said:

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We were also mentioned in the New York Times in March 2015.

Sarah Invermee’s blog about adding accessories to hearing aids was mentioned in this Daily Mirror article in July 2015.

Charlie our editor appeared on BBC1’s Watchdog programme in December 2015.

Our team

bf86cca0c136944671ee8dc5a83ef7d7The 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.


A team of Regular Contributors write regularly for the site.They are:Andy PalmerEmily HowlettJen DoddsTeresa Garratty, John Walker and Richard Turner.

Thank you to James Norris, superstar deaf graphic designer, for designing the chicken logo!

Why the name?

In the Facebook video below, our Editor Charlie Swinbourne explains how this site got its unusual name!

If you can’t see the video below, or if the subtitles don’t appear, click here to see it directly on Facebook. Or read on below.

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 thanks to Deafworks for supporting us from the very start!




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15 Responses “About / Contact” →
  1. Wanted to let you know that AnotherBoomerBlog nominated Limping Chicken for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. To accept, go to: http://anotherboomerblog.wordpress.com/awards/ and congratulations!

  2. I do like the hilarious name Limping Chicken as I do remember about the interpreter who could not do the interpreting for the young lady because her chicken was ill. I thought that was hilarious and your name for this website is brilliant. Your website is fantastic. Keep up the good work!


  3. karl Chnaner

    December 10, 2014

    i wonder anyone have good memories old days what like the days have deaf technology. it compare today. or deaf old days without technology example 2nd world war etc… tell the story

  4. hello…i am deaf…..friendship it is about not finding simarities,is about respecting difference happy…friendship day!!!!


  5. Josephine Namirembe

    July 14, 2017

    i love this thank you for answering some of my questions. my son is 10 years old and deaf i hope one day he can make a contribution on the blog.


    • Editor

      July 14, 2017

      That would be great! We’ve had some young writers before so he doesn’t have to wait btw!

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