Browsing All posts tagged under »disability«

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 […]

Jennifer Stuessy: How do you wear your ‘Deaf’?

March 19, 2014


It never fails. The moment you look away from a group of hearing folk is when they start asking you questions. Of course, when you turn back, they are all waiting for an answer. Do you: Scream and point to an area beyond the group indicating a large insect/rodent is on the loose. Pretend not […]

Deaf News: Petition for better access to LoveFilm leads to Sir Malcolm Bruce MP writing to the company

January 9, 2014


Following a Christmas petition calling on LoveFilm to make its services accessible to deaf people, Sir Malcolm Bruce MP (who is also Chair of the All Party Parliamentary group on Deafness) has now written directly to the Chief Executive of Lovefilm, Simon Calver, expressing his concern. Over 12,000 people signed the petition asking Lovefilm to make it clear which of […]

“Discrimination is unacceptable at any level.” World-famous Deafblind priest Father Cyril Axelrod tells Nick Sturley about being awarded the OBE

December 6, 2013


On Friday 22nd November, Dr. Father Cyril Axelrod, the world–famous deafblind priest, was awarded an OBE for services to the deafblind in Hong Kong by Her Majesty, the Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle. When Father Cyril lost all of his sight due to end stage Usher syndrome over ten years ago, he believed that […]

Jen Dodds: I have no idea who the Access to Work petition campaigners are. I’m just grateful they’re doing something good

November 21, 2013


The new stopchanges2atw campaign has really interested me, for two main reasons. Firstly, as someone who has been involved in a lot of activism, I’m always pleased to see people campaigning about things they believe in. Good for them. Secondly, it’s been interesting because it’s shown that the Deaf community is a bit, er, weird. […]

The Guardian publishes obituary for Deaf and disabled rights campaigner Arthur Verney

November 19, 2013


The Guardian has published an obituary for the Deaf and disabled rights campaigner Arthur Verney, and it’s well worth reading in order to understand his achievements and the impact he had through his work with the British Deaf Association, European Union of the Deaf, and Disabled Peoples’ International, among other organisations. Extract: In 1980, Arthur […]