LIMPIN-CHICK-1The Limping Chicken is supported by a range of businesses, charities and organisations linked to deafness, all of whom offer services that enhance deaf lives. Below, there are quick links to all of them, as well as more information about some of our supporters.



Ai-Media is a social enterprise devoted to improving the quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing using technological and social innovation. Ai-Media provides an online, live captioning service called Ai-Live. Ai-Live delivers real-time, speech-to-text to any web-enabled device.

Ai-Live can be used for events, meetings, training sessions and teleconference calls, as well as for university lectures and seminars. Transcripts are available after all sessions.

There is funding available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing at work or at university through the UK Government programs Access to Work and the Disabled Students Allowance.

Please get in touch with us for more information, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

To find out more about Ai-Live, and to see it in action, please click here

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Your home is the centre of your life. It’s where you and your family should be able to relax and feel safe, so the Bellman Visit system is designed to watch over your home, so you can focus on the important things in life.

Our Swedish based design and engineering offers cutting edge telephone and doorbell detection, reliable baby monitoring and fire protection that meets the highest standards. But there’s much more to Bellman Visit so why not take a look for yourself:

Deaf Umbrella


Deaf Umbrella is proud to be sponsoring Limping Chicken, because we share the Limping Chicken’s commitment to informing deaf and non deaf readers about deaf culture and deaf awareness.

Deaf Umbrella has been supporting deaf students in further and higher education in the London & South East Region for over a decade by providing highly trained Language Service Professionals through our award-winning training.

We have forged close working links with The University of Greenwich and have now launched a Language Service Professional Development (LSPD) Course at Level 4 that attracts 60 University Credits. Our partnership will enable people with a minimum BSL Language Level 2 to study at University level to obtain formal recognition as a Level 4 Communication Support Worker.

We are dedicated to building career paths and providing deaf students with excellent support. Rachel Hubbard – CEO of Deaf Umbrella says: “Training and development of support workers is a necessity to allow Deaf students their identity and the independence they need to grow. We are excited to be a part of highlighting the great work of talented deafies across the country”.

Visit Deaf Umbrella’s website:



Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 10.21.29We work in a person-centred way – it’s all about you and what you need.

We are never about ‘telling’ people what they ‘should’ do; we’re always about work together, in a relaxed, friendly way. The truth is our philosophy / aim at appa is to be one hundred per cent professional whilst having a lot of fun!

We help to sort out any needs that our clients say are important, and support them in gaining full access to all opportunities – whether at work, in education or in the community.

If you need some help, contact us:

Sign Video


In the old days, the only way for a BSL user to make a phone call was to ask a friend or family member or book a face-to-face BSL interpreter – a costly option if you only had a couple of places to ring. Sure there is also Text Relay service but if English isn’t your first language it can be a stressful experience.

BSL video interpreting has truly revolutionised how we BSL users communicate with our contacts. Starting a conversation is not one-way anymore and you don’t need any special equipment either – you can make and receive BSL interpreted phone calls instantly on your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

SignVideo is the UK’s leading provider for BSL video interpreting and a deaf-led social enterprise with its home in the BSL community. In 2014, SignVideo celebrated its 10th anniversary of delivering professional online sign language interpreting services nationally and internationally.

To find out more: Web: | Facebook: |

121 Captions

???121 Captions leads the field in bridging the gap between the hearing and deaf communities.

A group of independent professionals came together in 2003 and their services grew into 121 Captions. This group initially worked on assignments such as supplying speech to text for a deaf consultant in all her meetings, captioning international teleconference calls for a deaf professional, supplying transcripts of podcasts for an educational institution, providing sign language interpreters for a deaf entrepreneur at various social events in London, lipreading CCTV for the police and ransom tapes for the newsrooms, and providing deaf awareness consultancy and bespoke training to a team of hearing colleagues with a deaf member of staff.

Today, deaf and hard of hearing people are actively involved at all levels of 121 Captions, bringing a unique insight and wealth of experience that no other communication firm offers. Based on years of experience, we offer an “inside-out” view of meeting client needs, as opposed to other companies who offer an “outside-in” service.

To find out more, go to:

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Doncaster School for the Deaf is one of the oldest deaf schools in the UK, with a proud 185 year history.

We provide a pupil-centred approach to communication and education from the earliest years up to the age of 19.

Our children learn and communicate effectively in a safe and nurturing environment.

All pupils have a statement to meet their special educational needs. Pupils come from a number of local authorities and join the school as the need arises – this can be at any time in their school career.

The school has a small residence, Dickson House, which is open to deaf children throughout the UK.

To find out more about the school, go to:



SignLive is a Deaf-owned organisation based in the UK, providing first-class online video interpreting services. We are delighted to support The Limping Chicken as an online hub for the Deaf community.

We believe passionately that Deaf people should be able to communicate in their first, most fluent language – British Sign Language – everywhere and at any time. With SignLive in your pocket, you can immediately connect to a qualified BSL interpreter to make phone calls or have meetings with hearing people, with no pre-booking and no fuss!

The SignLive app for your smartphone or tablet works excellently even over 3G/4G connections, and you can use SignLive from your desktop or laptop with no plug-ins required. It’s easy to use, well-designed and convenient – just what you need for work and home!

Website: | Facebook: | Twitter: @SignLiveUK


SW Purple logo & nameSignworld is owned by two of the UK’s most experienced and highly-qualified BSL teachers, teacher-trainers and interpreter-trainers, Linda Day and Tessa Padden.

It’s the biggest website of learning resources for BSL teachers and learners, from beginners to interpreters. Teachers use Signworld as part of their courses to achieve better results. Learners use our website to practise and refresh their BSL between classes, in their own time and at their own speed.

Some special features that make Signworld unique are: 14 regional variations from all over the UK; Wordsearch – find any phrase that uses the word/sign you want; flip-switch for left- or right-handed signing; optional subtitles for when you’re stuck; hundreds of interactive BSL tests, both receptive and productive; in-depth grammar and linguistic advice.

Packages include: BSL Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Levels 4-6 to follow); Fingerspelling – Beginner to Advanced; Medical & other specialisms; Teachers’ support packages, presented in BSL. We work with colleges, schools, universities, individual learners, teachers and national Deaf organisations such as NDCS and the Association of British Sign Language Teachers and Assessors (ABSLTA).

To find out more, go to the Signworld website:  or send them an email:

Signed Culture

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We work with BSL users, arts/cultural organisations and BSL interpreters/Deaf presenters to help ensure the cultural sector is as open and welcoming to Deaf people as possible.

We encourage Deaf people who like the theatre, art galleries, museums, festivals etc to sign up on the website for free, then search our ‘what’s On’ page.

Interpreters/Deaf presenters working in these areas can become members and create their own profile within the website that our organisational members can search and offer work directly.

Any arts/cultural venues can become members. We will provide support with all aspects of providing BSL access, including finding an interpreter/presenter, marketing, training opportunities, advice and guidance.

Visit our website:  or contact us by email:

Exeter Deaf Academy


Exeter Deaf Academy is a charity that runs a School and College providing specialist education and care tailored to the individual needs of Deaf young people aged 4-24 years.

The sense of belonging to an inspiring bilingual community transforms students as they develop language skills and journey towards independence and fulfilling their potential.

Our vision is to see Deaf people valued by themselves and their society, being confident, well educated, independent, able to communicate and with good and appropriate employment and housing.

Exeter Deaf Academy has a passionate, dedicated and highly experienced staff team. Our students feel a sense of belonging to a warm and nurturing place, which supports and involves their families and plays a full role in the wider community.

We have been based in Exeter for nearly 190 years. Having recently been graded as Good by Ofsted and deemed as ‘firmly on the trajectory towards outstanding’, we are about to embark on an exciting journey towards a new Deaf Academy. This project will enable us to build on our proud history, and we are very excited about what the future holds for us.

To find out more about Exeter Deaf Academy and our exciting new project, please visit: You can also follow them on Twitter: @DeafAcademy and find them on Facebook:  


Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 14.22.39SignHealth is the healthcare charity for deaf people.

We want to see a world where deaf people are as healthy as hearing people. Deaf people can find it hard to get equal access to health care and health information. Because of this, deaf people are more likely to become ill.

SignHealth has been working for over 20 years to improve the health of deaf people  – initially in mental health and now more generally.You can download our vision statement here.

To visit SignHealth’s website, go to

Lipspeaker UK

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 14.14.00Lipspeaker UK are the UK’s only specialist provider of lipspeaking support.  A lipspeaker is a hearing person who has been professionally trained to be easy to lipread.

Lipspeakers reproduce clearly the shapes of the words and the natural rhythm and stress used by the speaker. They also use facial expression, gesture and, if requested, finger spelling, to aid the lipreader’s understanding. Many lipspeakers also have BSL skills and can offer sign supported lipspeaking.

We are a reliable, unique lipspeaker booking company offering a premier service at an affordable price. Run by qualified and experienced lipspeakers, we cover national and international work. Bookable by text, email and our on-line booking form.

All of our Language Service Professionals (LSP’s) are qualified, registered and insured. Some hold (Developed Vetting) security clearance for the government and all are police checked though the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

To go to the Lipspeaker UK website, go to:

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Sign Solutions is an innovative language & learning company; we pride ourselves on our creative efforts to pursue unexplored avenues and bring a unique range of products and services to our customers. Our inspired portfolio includes Deaf Awareness via e-learning, a free finger-spelling app for smartphones, and Training DVDs for interpreters.

We also offer the panoramic benefits of video and telephone interpreting, as well as our face-to-face interpreting service. The company has grown since its foundation to become one of Britain’s leading providers of communication services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, operating 24/7/365.

Alert to the detrimental shortage of interpreters within the Deaf community, Sign Solutions’ award-winning and Signature-accredited NVQ6 Training & Assessment Centre is dedicated to the training and assessment of BSL/English interpreters. We also provide Deaf Awareness Training and Levels 1-6 British Sign Language courses for individuals and organisations.

Find out more by visiting

Action Deafness Communications

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 14.31.31AD Communications provides Sign Language Interpreting and red dot online video interpreting, as well as other forms of communication support for Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and deafblind communities.

The service currently employs five interpreters, as well as drawing on a large pool of freelance Language Service Professionals (LSPs). AD Communications works in partnership with Language Service Associates (LSA) to provide spoken language interpreting services.

AD Communications and LSA place quality at the forefront of its provision. We ensure that all Language Service professionals are CRB checked at enhanced level. We only use LSPs that are registered with the National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and deafblind People (NRCPD) or for spoken language interpreters, registered with the National Register of Public Sector Interpreters (NRPSI).

To go to Action Deafness Communication’s website, go to:

Hamilton Lodge School

Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 15.24.56Hamilton Lodge teaches each one of its Primary, Secondary and Further Education students to:

  • successfully acquire language and communication skills
  • develop emotionally, socially & spiritually
  • be healthy and fit and enjoy their leisure time
  • become confident and independent young people ready to be able to continue learning and enter employment

Both deaf and hearing staff work at the school and are highly trained to meet individual needs. Support is given by an Educational Audiologist and a Speech and Language Therapist.

The Care department runs an independence programme training students to access activities in the local community and in their home areas. We believe passionately in the role residential special schools can play in the lives of children; the lifelong friendships made, the emotional support and the opportunities for formal and informal learning.

We are in partnership with two local colleges, Brighton City and Plumpton, to provide FE students with an enriched college life. Students are supported by Student Support Workers on their courses and further guidance, curriculum support and reinforcement is provided by teachers of the deaf, Deaf Studies tutors and the Speech & Language Therapist within the FE department.

To find out more about Hamilton Lodge school, go to:

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Royal Association for Deaf people promote equality for Deaf people through the provision of accessible services including:

· Social Care: Specialist support for Deaf people who are old, or have learning disabilities and/or mental health challenges… and the people who care for them.
· Interpreters: We provide sign language interpreters for every need and a 24 hour emergency service available 365 days a year.
· Children and Families: Activities for families with parents and/or children who are Deaf or hard of hearing
· Youth and Transition: Social and learning opportunities for young deaf people
· Advocacy: Supporting Deaf people to achieve independence
· Information, Advice and Guidance – Advice to Deaf people in sign language on topics such as benefits, housing, discrimination and debt
· Employment: Support for Deaf people seeking employment and employers of Deaf people.
· We work with the Deaf community to develop services which meet their needs

For further information visit



Ozen is Australia’s leading online destination for hearing care information. Although only having been formed recently, the company is taking the Australian hearing industry by storm as it makes audiological care, hearing tests and hearing aid dispensation more accessible than ever before.

Leveraging the world wide web, and one of the nations largest network of audiologists, Ozen aims to conveniently bring hearing care to Australians, at home or at even at work.




cSeeker is a Deaf-led specialist educational communication support service working with universities, colleges, adult services and local authorities. It draws fully on the experience of the co-founders, who were themselves previously Deaf students.

The service is flexible, Deaf-led and ethically run, with no binding contracts for anyone. Bookings are tailored so CPs have the right experience for each assignment.

cSeeker also offers Deaf Awareness Training for organisations, teaching effective communication. Finally, intensive one-to-one mentoring for Deaf students offers vital extra support via Skype on any aspect of university life they wish.

Get in touch and have a chat with us: SMS: 07988 050 863, email or log on to

We’re social too! Follow us on Twitter at @cSeekerUK or on Facebook:

Deaf Independent


Deaf Independent is a nationwide specialist Social Work service working with Deaf people, Deaf children and their families. We also support carers with Carers’ Assessments and parents of Deaf children by providing a specialist Social Work Education, Health and Social Care assessments (EHCP).

Founded in January 2012 as a result of the ever decreasing number of specialists in Deaf and Sensory Social Work service in both Adults and Children & Families practice – we are now becoming the first point of contact for Social Work enquiries relating to Deaf British Sign Language users and Deaf children.

If you have a Social Worker who is not a specialist in deafness, then why not refer them to us or contact us to find out more about our services.

email address:, tel: 0208 224 2016, web:
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