Alex Nowak: How I set up Sri Lanka’s first Deaf film festival!

October 17, 2014


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British Deaf actor Alex Nowak recently set up Sri Lanka’s first deaf film festival in May. Here he tells the story:   In February 2013, I visited the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), a tear drop in the Indian Ocean. Little did I know how much I’d fall in love with the place. […]

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Darren Townsend-Handscomb: 6 suggestions for the Access to Work Select Committee (who had no BSL interpreter yesterday)

October 16, 2014



(If you want to skip straight to what you can do, go straight to the suggestions at the bottom.) Yesterday, the Work and Pensions Select Committee had their third oral evidence session for its inquiry into Employment support for disabled people: Access to Work. The Committee is not part of the Government. It is a […]

Richard Turner: Discovering music again with a cochlear implant

October 16, 2014



I have always loved listening to music. When I was a teenager and in my early twenties living in Manchester in the eighties and early nineties the music scene there formed a soundtrack to my life and it defined my youth. I grew up listening to Manchester bands like The Smiths, The Happy Mondays and […]

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Deaf OAP in South Yorkshire asks council for Disabled Travel Pass back (BSL)

October 15, 2014


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Here’s a funny one. What if you are Deaf, and get free travel via your Disabled Travel Pass for years, only to find that when you reach 65, you get an OAP Travel Pass which means you suddenly have to start paying? That’s the situation facing David Whiston from South Yorkshire, who sent us his […]

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Callum Fox: How Japanese Manga comic A Silent Voice explores being a deaf teenager

October 15, 2014


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“I wish we had never met. I wish we could meet once again. A boy who can hear, Shoya Ishida, and a transfer student who can’t, Shoko Nishimiya.” A particular passion of mine is reading Japanese comic novels, known as manga, having come across Mitsuru Adachi’s classic series Touch in my teens which opened up […]

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Emily Howlett: For my young son, signing is last week’s trick. Speech has taken over…

October 14, 2014



Do you know, even before there was the remotest chance I might ever become a mother, I was a great believer in the brilliance of babies signing. I don’t mean ‘baby sign’; that chubby hand waving that bears no resemblance to BSL or assistance to communication beyond being cute to watch, which I still harbour […]

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Ed Stevens: How using Ai-Media’s remote captioning service transformed my studies

October 13, 2014


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For more information about our supporter Ai-Media’s remote captioning services, click here: I have always been interested in the natural environment and wildlife. The beauty of the tree’s presence in the lower sun, the sight of a solo red deer in the dense morning fog, the mountainous landscape in which we live amongst. It has been […]

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