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Charlie Swinbourne: “Even on the earliest footage, you can see what they’re signing.” The BDA’s incredible archive films of the Deaf community through the years

September 30, 2014


Last Thursday, I had the privilege of spending several hours in a Church in central Leeds watching the BDA’s archive films of the Deaf community through the years. Many of the films showed Deaf people looking posh and dressed up (far smarter than I’ve ever looked!) at official functions. There was also footage from days […]

A complaint letter from a Deaf mother of a severely disabled girl to HMRC – and how you can access their services in sign language

September 29, 2014


Recently, we received a copy of a letter from a Deaf mother to HMRC which made for difficult reading. Melanie Morris’s letter, which we have published extracts from below, explains how her child tax credits were stopped and her struggle to get payments started again. After the tax credits were stopped, Melanie faced a delay […]

Watch: Charlie takes part in the Tea Bag Challenge!

September 11, 2014


After Andy Palmer’s article this morning, our Editor Charlie Swinbourne has taken the Tea Bag Challenge. Watch his efforts below! Charlie’s donating £3 to the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society). All you have to do is text Donate to 70755 right after that tea bag eventually lands in the cup!

Charlie Swinbourne: 5 reasons why swimming is a great sport for deaf people

September 9, 2014


A few minutes ago, we posted the news that the NDCS has received £160,000 funding from Sport England to run a project to include young deaf people in inclusive swimming programmes. Which gives me a great reason to write this article. I love swimming, and recently, I’ve rediscovered it. Swimming was a big part of my […]

Video: It’s National Lipreading Awareness Week. So why not take Charlie’s lipreading test?

September 8, 2014


It’s National Lipreading Awareness Week, so why not test out your skills? Here’s a video our Editor Charlie Swinbourne made back in 2011 for the BBC’s Ouch website. You can read the article that accompanied it by clicking here. Good luck! To find details of lipreading classes or for help with any other hearing loss […]

Edinburgh Fringe Review: “Humour can bring Deaf culture into the mainstream.” Charlie Swinbourne reviews ‘Speech Sucks: The Future Signs’

August 22, 2014


The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe is a strand which gives university lecturers the chance to debate the subjects they research in a humorous and audience-friendly way. One year ago, in an event called Send the Deaf to Orkney, Professor Graham Turner (Chair of Interpretation and Translation Studies at Heriot Watt university) […]

Charlie Swinbourne: 5 annoying things about going on holiday when you’re deaf

August 19, 2014


Holidays. You work yourself to the bone (or merely to the beak in the Chicken’s case) all year round and your reward is two weeks away from home when you get to relax, unwind, switch off, and enjoy yourself. I’ve just come back from two weeks in Scotland and don’t get me wrong, I had an […]