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Deaf News: Medical trial set to use gene therapy to trigger natural hearing in deaf people

April 24, 2014

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An article in New Scientist (which you can read here) has told of how a group of 45 profoundly deaf people will receive gene therapy which could trigger some growth in their natural hearing. The treatment, which has already been successful trialled on mice, involves the injection of a “harmless” virus into the ear. Extract: […]

Deaf News: Researchers find that regional variations of BSL are in decline

April 24, 2014

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British Sign Language is a rich, naturally evolving language, where the signs you use can vary according to where you live and where you went to school. Just like in English, where you may call a bread roll a ‘bap’, ‘barm’ or ‘cob’, partly depending on where you grew up, the vocabulary of BSL can […]

You’re reading the world’s 6th most popular disability blog!

April 23, 2014

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Those of us here at the coop (!) were pleased to get an email recently from a disability researcher called Joseph Reddington, informing us that The Limping Chicken is the world’s 6th most popular disability blog, ranked by traffic. Reddington works at the Royal Holloway and regularly blogs on a range of issues, including disability […]

Deaf News: Deaf teenager wins prestigious award then donates £500 prize to deaf kids charity

April 17, 2014

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A deaf teenager from The Wirral has won a prestigious award for her work in raising awareness and campaigning for deaf children and then donated her £500 to charity. Bethany Eason, aged 16 and a cochlear implant user, was nominated by her Head Teacher for the Rotary Club Young Citizen Award because he was impressed […]

Deaf News: Deaf man from Derby proves doubters wrong to become a taxi driver

April 11, 2014

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A profoundly deaf man has become a successful and popular taxi driver, working for Pride Executive Cars in Derby. It is believed that he may be the first deaf taxi driver in the UK, using specialised software to communicate with the offices and clients, and driving a taxi with notices informing passengers that he is […]

Deaf News: Halifax bank apologises for asking deaf man to pay £25 for transaction that hearing people could do for free

April 10, 2014

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A deaf man from Slough was told by staff at his local branch of Halifax Bank that he would need to pay a £25 admin fee if he wanted staff to resolve a simple banking problem that people who can hear would be able to do for free. Mark Hooper, who uses sign language to […]

Deaf News: Newcastle United FC allegedly refused to provide sign language interpreter for Deaf mascot – unless father waited outside the ground

April 3, 2014

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It has been alleged on social media that Newcastle United Football Club have allegedly refused to provide a 9 year old Deaf mascot with a sign language interpreter – unless his father waits outside the ground. The 9 year old boy was due to be the mascot at Saturday’s game against Manchester United, and it […]