Watch: Music video for ‘Sleep Sound’ by Jamie XX, featuring 13 members of Manchester Deaf Centre

April 14, 2014

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The dancer in this video, Sofia Mattioli told Nowness website: “I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me. After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she […]

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Angie Aspinall: Three years ago today, my world went silent

April 12, 2014

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It’s three years today since I… how do I say it..? Lost my hearing. Went deaf. Became suddenly deafened. Suffered ‘Sudden Sensori-neural Hearing Loss’. Suffered ‘Acquired Profound Hearing Loss’. It’s hard to sum up it up simply with an accurate description because I already had some degree of hearing loss in the affected ear and […]

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

April 11, 2014

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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 […]

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Jen Dodds: Why from now on, I’ll be aiming to sign (and write) my articles for Limping Chicken! (BSL)

April 11, 2014

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Last month, I wrote about how non-signing deaf people keep saying “what about us?” when signing deaf people campaign for BSL related stuff, like a BSL Act. That article went online at about 7am; lots of people read it and commented about it, including on Twitter and Facebook. Then, at 10 or 11am that day, […]

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Deaf News: Halifax bank apologises for asking deaf man to pay £25 for transaction that hearing people could do for free

April 10, 2014

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A deaf man from Slough was told by staff at his local branch of Halifax Bank that he would need to pay a £25 admin fee if he wanted staff to resolve a simple banking problem that people who can hear would be able to do for free. Mark Hooper, who uses sign language to […]

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The Secret Deafie: How many deaf old people are left frightened and confused at the lack of communication while in hospital?

April 10, 2014

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Donna Williams’ and Matt Dixon’s recent posts have inspired me to talk about my mother to mark the second anniversary of her death. In the last few years of her life her increasingly frequent visits to hospital coincided with age-related hearing loss , which made it increasingly difficult for her to communicate with medical staff, […]

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Amanda Everitt: 5 things that French people do better than us

April 9, 2014

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Us Brits love peering down our glasses at our Continental neighbours and sniggering at the striped t-shirt beret wearing Frenchman. It’s part of what makes us British – the ability to mock anyone who eats frogs legs. However, in my time in France, I have noticed that there are some things that the French may […]

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