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The Question: Can relationships between deaf and hearing people work? (BSL)

February 26, 2015

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I grew up in a Deaf family, and since I was young, I’ve met deaf people who are in relationships with other deaf people, and deaf people who are in relationships with hearing people. I’ve seen relationships that work, and don’t work, that stayed together, and sadly (or not so sadly in some cases) broke up. […]

The Question: Can Deaf awareness courses really be taught?

February 21, 2015

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Every weekend, we are publishing popular articles from our archive, which you might have missed the first time round! Tell us which articles you think should be reposted by emailingthelimpingchicken@gmail.com This week’s question could be seen as being a bit provocative. Am I suggesting that deaf awareness courses have no value, or that the work of deaf […]

Charlie Swinbourne: Are interpreters like #Signguy, who sign during public emergencies, going viral for the right reasons?

February 20, 2015

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Another storm, another sign language interpreter goes viral. In Queensland, Australia, a sign language interpreter has appeared on TV alongside Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to warn the public how to stay safe during a category 5 cyclone. The TV audience saw his signing and went crazy about it, and now he’s gone viral. His name is Mark Cave, but to Twitter […]

Charlie Swinbourne: Sky need to smarten up about offering deaf customers subtitles for on-demand services

February 19, 2015

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When I transferred our TV services from Virgin to Sky last year, one thing that really helped me do so was being able to negotiate our package by using Live Chat to talk to an adviser. For me, that’s a big help, because it means I don’t have to use the phone, and I feel […]

The Question: Could you spot a deaf person in a crowded room? And is there such a thing as a ‘Deafdar’? (BSL)

February 14, 2015

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Every weekend, we are publishing popular articles from our archive, which you might have missed the first time round! Tell us which articles you think should be reposted by emailingthelimpingchicken@gmail.com I don’t know what it is about the Victoria line, but when I lived in London, I kept meeting deaf people on it. This would usually happen […]

“If the need is there, why not support?” Former adviser talks about changes to Access to Work

February 13, 2015

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The Access to Work scheme, which gives support to deaf and disabled employees at work, has been in crisis, with many recipients losing support they depend on. Recently, a former Access to Work adviser started commenting on a few posts on this site. We struck up a dialogue with him and asked him for an […]

The Question: Do you make a hearing aid ‘test’ sound?

February 8, 2015

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Every weekend, we are publishing popular articles from our archive, which you might have missed the first time round! Tell us which articles you think should be reposted by emailingthelimpingchicken@gmail.com Way back in the day, when I was in my early teens, I loved drama and I used to appear in school plays. I played the part […]