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

April 11, 2014


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 […]

BBC See Hear Producer William Mager says access to healthcare is a burden on deaf people

April 9, 2014


Today’s edition of See Hear, the BBC’s programme for deaf and hard of hearing people, focuses on one of the biggest issues for deaf people today: access to healthcare.  With a seemingly never-ending stream of shocking stories revealing how deaf people are not receiving equal treatment in the NHS; deaf people’s access to healthcare has […]

Charlie Swinbourne: The story behind The Kiss, which premiered today at Bradford International Film Festival

March 28, 2014


As I write, I’m sitting in the cafe at Bradford’s National Media Museum, having just seen my short film The Kiss premiere at the 20th Bradford International Film Festival. The film is a comedy about a hearing couple and a Deaf couple who start talking to one another in a cafe – and what results […]

Watch: The latest cochlear implant switch-on video to go viral

March 28, 2014


News spread online yesterday about a deaf woman, with Usher syndrome, who can be seen crying with joy in an online video when her cochlear implants were activated for the first time. According to Mail Online, Joanne Milne, aged 40, began to lose her hearing as a toddler and in her twenties, also her sight. […]

Georgia Laird: Why is the Department of Education taking so long to wake up to deaf education?

March 17, 2014


Two weeks ago, the BBC published an article reporting children are “failed by the education system”. It didn’t take long before the article went viral winning many likes and comments among Deaf user groups online. Researchers found that more than half the deaf children assessed in mainstream schools had reading difficulties as severe as those […]

Amanda Everitt: Can avatars ever replace real human signers?

January 14, 2014


Avatars that attempt to use sign language are viewed with suspicion by people who know sign language. The avatars are often described as soulless, devoid of expression and people are unable to understand them. Movements are jerky and do not reflect the magic of a real live, animated signer. To get an idea of what […]

Merry Christmas from the Limping Chicken team!

December 24, 2013


We hope you’re all wrapped up warm ready for the Christmas break! Barring the ‘fake’ interpreter making a comeback (or the Queen making her yearly message in sign language), this site will be going quiet until the new year! Rest assured, we’ll be back laying eggs aplenty in 2014! Thank you to all our readers, […]