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. Here, you can find out more about them!


Phonak is a proud supporter of The Limping Chicken and its commitment to raising awareness of deaf and hard of hearing issues.

Phonak’s goal is to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss.

We are the innovative force in hearing acoustics. With our creative solutions, we strive to overcome technological limitations – so that all people are able to hear, understand and fully enjoy life’s rich landscapes of sound.

All our efforts focus on people. In our close cooperation with hearing care experts around the world, we want to give our customers the confidence to lead active lives. We produce modern technology and versatile products that offer a life without limitations.



Ai-Media provides an online, live captioning service called Ai-Live. Ai-Live delivers real-time, speech-to-text to any web-enabled device.

It can be fully funded through the UK Government programs Access to Work and the Disabled Students Allowance. You can book Ai-Live in half an hour slots, and you receive a transcript following a session so that you can review what has been said.

Ai-Live can be used in the workplace to provide access to meetings and conference. Students can also use captioning to access their lectures and seminars.

Please get in touch for more information.

To see Ai-Live in action, please click here for a demonstration:


Bellman & Symfon of Sweden celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and all of us at Bellman & Symfon would like to take the opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to everyone with hearing loss for the inspiration you provide us.

All our products originate from a keen interest in your needs and wishes in order to create a solution with function, feature and design. Our development relies on your thoughts so please continue letting us know what´s on your mind.

Regardless if you have an opinion or not you are more than welcome to visit us at:

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:

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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 celebrates its 10th anniversary of delivering professional online sign language interpreting services nationally and internationally.

To find out more: Web: | Facebook: |


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:

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:


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 Performance in Theatre


We are usually referred to as SPIT, which you are unlikely to forget.

We promote BSL interpreted performances in theatres (SLIPs), giving support and advice to theatres, encouraging links with their local Deaf communities to increase Deaf audiences.

We believe interpreters must be of good quality. We encourage theatres to employ fully qualified, experienced theatres interpreters.

We encourage theatres get feedback from their Deaf audiences both about the interpreting and their whole theatre experience.

If you are Deaf and go to see a SLIP, please tell us what you think of it. Use the feedback section on our web site, or e-mail us.

We want to hear from you.

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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:  

CseekerLogo_CSEEKER_limping-01 provides a simple process for Deaf/Hard of Hearing people to compare and book the most suitable communication support for their daily needs.

You can search for available language service professionals by choosing the type of communication service, location and the date and times the communication support is required for.

The site also comes with fantastic account management features, including Calendar, Messages and Notifications (email and text options) – and all this without paying either the huge interpreting agency or booking fees!

To find out more, go to

Enable Support Services

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 14.03.51Enable Support Services provide a range of services for Deaf and/or Visually Impaired children and adults, and their families. We currently work across Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

We can provide BSL Interpreters, Communication Support Workers, Activity Support Workers, Advocacy and Signature accredited BSL tuition.

We also offer Access Enable Online, an online support service delivered via webcam. We are able to accept private referrals as well as delivering services on behalf of local social care and education departments.

Enable, for a friendly professional service.

Please contact Jane Gedge on for further information.

Krazy Kat theatre company

KrazyKatLetterHeaderKrazy Kat Theatre Company creates theatre incorporating Sign Language Arts, accessible for deaf children and their hearing peers. Devised and performed by an integrated company of deaf and deaf-aware practitioners, Krazy Kat are developing a distinctive, ambitious style of highly skilled integrated Sign Language Arts.

Founding Artistic Director Kinny Gardner, formerly a member of Scottish Mime Theatre, has become a recognised leader in the development of visual theatre with integrated signing. He remains committed to the advocacy of diversity and accessibility in U.K. Arts.

Krazy Kat’s work promotes access to the arts for the deaf and champions the value of sign language to the hearing. We are seen by both the deaf and hearing communities as major innovators in the field of Sign Language Arts.

To visit Krazy Kat’s website, go to:


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

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Sign Lingual UK is a ‘not-for-profit’ Community Interest Company (CIC) based just outside Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Our core ethos is to empower and influence change in both deaf and hearing people’s attitudes, so that deaf people are able to fully participate in today’s society.
We aim to achieve this primarily through training in Deaf Awareness, British Sign Language and Continuous Professional Development of interpreters working within specific domains.
We provide NRCPD registered communication professionals to help bridge the communication gap between deaf and hearing people. We also carry out research projects within our local community to help inform and understand the issues faces by both deaf and hearing people.

Please visit our website and if you wish to book an interpreter, please email:

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

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