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Nancy M. Williams: The moment I told the truth about my hearing loss… in front of a packed audience at a piano recital

October 2, 2014

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When I went back to the piano in my early forties, I decided not to mention my hearing loss to my teacher, Stephen. My hearing aids were the kind that audiologists refer to as half shells, the shape of two tiny apples protruding from my ears. I hoped Stephen wouldn’t notice my aids—after all, they […]

Deaf News: Leaders of campaign to stop changes to Access to Work reveal their true identities

October 2, 2014

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The leaders of the grass-roots campaign against changes to Access to Work for deaf workers have revealed their true identities. The campaign and petition was set up by Emily Smith, a pseudonym, and the campaign established a petition that went on to amass almost 6000 signatures. After starting their campaign, a petition was set up in late 2013 and then […]

A complaint letter from a Deaf mother of a severely disabled girl to HMRC – and how you can access their services in sign language

September 29, 2014

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Recently, we received a copy of a letter from a Deaf mother to HMRC which made for difficult reading. Melanie Morris’s letter, which we have published extracts from below, explains how her child tax credits were stopped and her struggle to get payments started again. After the tax credits were stopped, Melanie faced a delay […]

Rebecca Atkinson: Why the NHS is the greatest social leveller deaf and disabled people have

September 29, 2014

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Life is a bunch of straws. You pull some longs ones. You pull some short ones. Maybe you got born into a family with money. Or maybe you got born into a family on the brink of existence with barely enough to eat. You don’t get the choice. Maybe you got good health, a fully […]

Deaf News: NDCS says audiology services are failing deaf children in England

September 29, 2014

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The shocking state of England’s children’s audiology services is revealed in a report published today. 1000 parents were consulted for Listen Up!, a report by the National Deaf Children’s Society, that highlights a number of failings, ranging from children being fitted with hearing aids that do not work, to audiologists misdiagnosing deaf children. 79% of […]

Julie Platts: How the BDA’s Terry Riley helped support links between Deaf people and the police in Leicestershire

September 26, 2014

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I am just writing to thank Terry Riley OBE (representing the British Deaf Association) for coming to our hometown of Leicestershire on Wednesday night and promoting the ‘PLOD’ (Police Link Officers for Deaf people) scheme we have in place. As you may or may not be aware, a very serious crime was committed resulting in […]

The Question: Is the much-used statistic ’10 million deaf people’ helpful?

September 26, 2014

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An often quoted statistic about deafness and hearing loss in the UK is that there are ten million people who have some level of deafness. It’s normally the first piece of information that’s offered to newbies on the subject. The intention of using the statistic is to make people consider that deafness or hearing loss […]