The Clarion Community Chest is Open For Business

April 15, 2015



Below is a post from our newest supporter, Clarion. Find out all about them by clicking here. Free Communication Support when it’s needed, in the right place at the right time, throughout life. Our vision is to provide a voice for deaf and hard of hearing people and our values are that “there is no […]

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Richard Turner: Why hearing aid cuts should be reversed

April 15, 2015


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I was completely shocked by the recent decision by North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to no longer provide free hearing aids to adults with a mild hearing loss. In addition, adults with a moderate hearing loss will have to complete an unnecessary and inappropriate questionnaire to get theirs. Since North Staffs CCG first announced […]

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Read: Jenny Sealey’s Guardian blog: “We will not let government cuts make us invisible”

April 14, 2015


Jenny Sealey

The Artistic Director of Graeae theatre company, Jenny Sealey, who is Deaf, has written a blog for the Guardian about the effect of Access to Work cuts on both her work and the work of Graeae. In the article she explains how her work has been limited by a lack of sign language support, and […]

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Rebecca-Anne Withey: Sign language shouldn’t be used for novelty value by people who don’t understand its content

April 14, 2015


Rebecca-Anne Withey

As someone who works in signed song – that is, performing songs in sign language – my first priority is always the comprehension of the signs. I take the responsibility of making lyrics accessible verrrrry seriously. That doesn’t mean they have to look uninteresting, however. Oh no. One of the most beautiful aspects of working […]

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Jenn Hearn: What I wish the hearing world could understand about deaf people

April 13, 2015


Jenn Hearn

As a small child at a mainstream hearing school, I remember sitting around the lunch table while my hearing peers told stories. I could not follow what was being said, so I just laughed when they laughed and frowned when they did. After years of speech therapy, I still felt totally isolated. Even then I […]

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The Secret Deafie: The day I found myself on the hearing man’s side

April 11, 2015


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At weekends and bank holidays, we publish popular articles from our archive, which you might have missed the first time round! Tell us which articles you think should be reposted by emailing A few weeks ago, I was on a bus home with my girlfriend when a man in his mid-30s wearing hearing aids got on. Both […]

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Meriah Nichols: I don’t agree that sign language will die out because of technology

April 10, 2015


Meriah Nichols

Andrew Solomon wrote a book called “Far From the Tree” that was all the rage a couple of years ago. In it, he explores identity through analyzing multiple disabilities, along with homosexuality, children of rape, prodigies and transgendered people. It has taken me literally all this time to work my way through the deaf chapter. Whenever […]

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