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Andy Palmer: GPs should have access to video interpreting or STTR on the road. As standard

July 22, 2014

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I confess, I’ve done it. I did it more than once and I wouldn’t have had it any other way at the time. In the same circumstances I would do it again. To what am I confessing? Interpreting for my deaf family in medical situations, of course. Some people say that the reason why sign […]

Andy Palmer: 10 situations when knowing sign language can help any deaf child (BSL)

July 18, 2014

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Many severely or profoundly deaf kids these days wear cochlear implants or hearing aids. Some parents, new to the experience of having deaf children and advised by audiologists and scientists, may think that sign language seems unnecessary and their focus wholly falls on listening skills and speech development. But what happens when things don’t go to plan? Like […]

The Question: Should family sign language courses be expanded?

July 16, 2014

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If there is one thing that learning sign language is known for, it is being expensive. To become a competent signer can cost many hundreds or thousands of pounds and the result of that is that families of deaf children, arguably those who may need it most, will not be able to afford to learn. […]

Meet: Jayne Fletcher, aka Fletch@, the UK’s best known sign song performer

July 3, 2014

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Jayne Fletcher, aka Fletch@ is possibly the UK’s best known sign song performer. The 30-year-old from Wolverhampton has performed on some big stages and met royalty. Andy Palmer caught up with her this week to find out more about her signed-song career. So, you’re the UK’s No.1 signed songstress. How did you get into it? […]

Deaf News: Shocking 73-week wait for hearing aid reassessment in Wales is revealed

June 26, 2014

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Patients with hearing loss in one area of Wales are being forced to wait up to 73 weeks, or 17 months, to get reassessed for hearing aids, Wales Online reports. Figures obtained from Cym Taf Health Board by the local Liberal Democrat Group show the shocking delay patients face to obtain hearing aids if they […]

Deaf News: Ofcom launch official enquiry into BT over Text Relay delay

June 25, 2014

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Communications regulator Ofcom have launched an official enquiry into BT over their delay in providing a replacement telephone service for deaf people and people with a speech impairment. A new service was due to be launched on April 18th but was delayed when testing showed problems in the way the new service, knows as Next […]

Deaf News: Elderly deaf people in North Staffordshire may have to apply to a panel to get their hearing aids

June 25, 2014

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Thousands of elderly people with hearing loss could be forced to plead for their hearing aids to an NHS panel following plans being considered by North Staffordshire NHS. Marus Warnes, Chief operating officer of North Staffordshire CCG, revealed that people diagnosed with mild or moderate age-related hearing loss may have to apply to a panel […]