Deaf News: Children set to take part in the UK’s biggest Fingerspellathon this October

August 26, 2014


Fingerspellathon with Rachel Shenton

Children and young people across the country are being encouraged to sign up for the UK’s biggest Fingerspellathon this October. The National Deaf Children’s Society expects more than 13,000 children to take part in its sixth Fingerspellathon, to help raise £38,000 of vital funds to support deaf children and young people. All youngsters can get […]

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Award-winning playwright creates play for Deaf actress Sophie Stone

August 25, 2014


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Kaite O’Reilly, an award-winning playwright, has created a new play for Deaf actress, Sophie Stone. The play, called Woman of Flowers, is produced by acclaimed theatre company Forest Forge, embarks on a UK tour this September and is an innovative retelling of an ancient Welsh tale. The play will star Deaf actress Sophie Stone, the first […]

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Edinburgh Fringe Review: “Humour can bring Deaf culture into the mainstream.” Charlie Swinbourne reviews ‘Speech Sucks: The Future Signs’

August 22, 2014



The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe is a strand which gives university lecturers the chance to debate the subjects they research in a humorous and audience-friendly way. One year ago, in an event called Send the Deaf to Orkney, Professor Graham Turner (Chair of Interpretation and Translation Studies at Heriot Watt university) […]

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Jen Dodds: Five reasons why I give Deaf camping festival Sign Circle the thumbs up! (BSL)

August 22, 2014


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To see this article in BSL, signed by Jen, just click here or scroll down the page! The last Sign Circle festival may have been last month, but I’m still buzzing from its positivity. In fact, here are five reasons why I give Sign Circle the thumbs up (in no particular order)… 1. Camping! Camping […]

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Martin McLean: Can family access to BSL be improved? An opportunity looms…

August 21, 2014


Martin McLean

Martin McLean, I-Sign Project Manager at the National Deaf Children’s Society looks at the upcoming changes to education laws in England for children with special educational needs and how access to British Sign Language (BSL) could be improved as a result. What will the changes include? September 1st  is a big date in the calendar. […]

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Emily Howlett: We need to stop thinking that government changes won’t affect us

August 21, 2014



There are such a lot of insidious, barely noticeable changes happening right now that it’s pretty much impossible for anyone outside of Westminster to keep up. (Personally, I’m not even convinced anyone inside has managed to keep up.) There’s been a lot of talk about Access To Work recently. Facebook and Twitter keep flashing up […]

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Deaf News: Partnership means theatre plays will be released with captions online

August 20, 2014



The charity STAGETEXT (who are one of our supporters) and DIGITAL THEATRE are delighted to announce that they have formed a partnership to make acclaimed, entertaining theatre available with captions online. Six fully captioned theatre productions will be available to rent or buy online via the Digital Theatre website with the option of captioning from […]

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