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10 clips of footballers using ‘sign language’ – starring Bale, Neymar, Fergie and Joey Barton

June 12, 2014


Forms of what could be deemed ‘sign language’ – or at least visual communication – are wide-spread in world football. With the dazzling mix of nationalities and languages at the World Cup, gesture and sign will be used by players, managers and referees in every match. Here are ten examples of what might be termed FSL (that’s […]

How many do you know? 15 amazing deaf sports stars!

February 4, 2014


On Sunday, Derrick Coleman became the first deaf American Footballer to win the SuperBowl. Let’s take a look at him and some other well known (and some not so well known) deaf sports people who, in one way or another, inspire us just like Coleman does. 1. Ben Cohen – English Rugby Union World Cup winner  […]

Teresa Garratty: 15 steps to being a Deaf Christmas Scrooge!

December 23, 2013


Ah, Christmas! The “Marmite” of all seasons, you either love it or you spit it out in disgust. So for all the anti-festive readers out there, here’s how to boycott Christmas in glorious Deaf style! Step 1 – Open the door to carollers but then point at your hearing aids and slam the door in […]

Charlie Swinbourne: 10 tips for including deaf people at Christmas!

December 19, 2013


Christmas is a special time of year, but for deaf people, it can also be a tricky time, because we can easily find ourselves spending time around people who are not incredibly deaf aware. I still remember one Christmas when my brother’s deaf friend asked if he could drive over to our house for a […]

Matt Dixon: Ten essential things to know about being a child of deaf parents

December 17, 2013


My name is Matt Dixon and I’m the grown-up child of deaf parents. My parents, my brother and sister are all deaf and use sign language – I’m hearing and can talk but my first language was sign language. My first word, which I signed, was orange. So I had deaf parents. Here’s ten essential […]

Professor Graham Turner: 10 lessons from the tale of the ‘fake’ interpreter

December 13, 2013


We may have thought sign language interpreting reached peak prominence when the Queen was shadowed by an interpreter at the opening of the London Paralympic Games in September 2012 . Then the bar was raised when Mayor Bloomberg made announcements about Hurricane Sandy to New Yorkers and his interpreter became a media star. But all […]

Andy Palmer: Ten reasons why you should learn sign language (BSL)

September 13, 2013


Click on the video below to watch this article in BSL, signed by Tessa Padden courtesy of our supporters Signworld! Everyone wants to learn a bit of sign language. Most people that I meet want to learn some, and it’s been that way ever since I can remember. Here’s ten reasons why you should! 1. […]