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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


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 […]

Award-winning playwright creates play for Deaf actress Sophie Stone

August 25, 2014


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 […]

Deaf News: Deaf people in Camden say they are “frightened” and “stressed out” by closure of disability service

July 16, 2014


The Ham and High has reported on how the closure of Camden’s DISC disability support service has left Deaf people in the area unable to access council services. DISC, which stands for Disability in Camden, closed earlier this year after 40 years of supporting local residents. Extract: The fallout following the closure of a disability charity […]

Tamsin Coates: What the government’s Special Educational Needs changes mean for parents of deaf children

June 26, 2014


The government has put in place some new ‘reforms’ – changes to current practice, which are directly within the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) area. These will potentially affect families with deaf children so I thought I would put together a little piece to highlight a few of the key changes and what families […]

Go See: Mat Fraser’s Cabinet of Curiosities, with BSL interpretation

May 13, 2014


Sponsored post Join critically acclaimed actor and performance artist Mat Fraser for a journey through the history of disability – a history lesson with a difference. Mat Fraser’s intriguing and sometimes challenging live act uses museum objects and their histories through a blend of drama, comedy and cabaret, film and music hall pastiche, to prompt us […]

Emily Howlett: How reporting my hospital experience to the NHS made a real difference

April 7, 2014


A few months back, I found myself strapped to a spinal board in the back of an ambulance blue-flashing its way towards Accident and Emergency. It wasn’t for fun, I assure you. However, with the kind of extreme luck usually reserved for Lottery winners and those who accidentally buy a house next door to George […]

Emily Howlett: When does accessible become dumbing down?

March 21, 2014


“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Deaf, I shall fear no evil…” Except I do. I do fear, hmm, no, not evil, but I fear you lot. Deaf people. Even though I am one. I never used to, of course, but that was before I realised the terrible truth… You […]