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Andy Palmer: With SignHealth’s research, Deaf people can campaign for better healthcare. Will anyone listen?

December 1, 2014


Sign Health, the charity that focuses improving health outcomes for deaf people that use sign language, came along to the Cambridgeshire Deaf Association last week to talk about their Sick Of It report’s national tour.  For those who don’t know, the Sick Of It report is the first piece of commissioned research in the world that […]

Deaf News: American Deaf woman sues to get sign language interpreter for baby’s birth

September 1, 2014


Earlier this year, a British Deaf couple made headlines when they complained about the lack of an interpreter during their baby’s birth. Things aren’t any better across the Atlantic, as this story from America shows. Extract from the Miami Herald: Sometime this month or next, Cheylla Silva will be admitted to Baptist Hospital to give […]

Andy Palmer: GPs should have access to video interpreting or STTR on the road. As standard

July 22, 2014


I confess, I’ve done it. I did it more than once and I wouldn’t have had it any other way at the time. In the same circumstances I would do it again. To what am I confessing? Interpreting for my deaf family in medical situations, of course. Some people say that the reason why sign […]

Deaf News: New study reveals potential treatment for tinnitus

June 19, 2014


New research released this week suggests that tinnitus can be eliminated by blocking signals between the ear and brain, offering hope to suffers that a cure is within reach. One in ten people in the UK are affected by tinnitus everyday – ranging from a light buzzing to a constant roar in the ears and head but […]

The Secret Deafie: I was livid when my Deaf grandmother had an operation without being able to communicate with nurses

June 16, 2014


Do you have a story or experience you’d like to share? If you’d like to write a Secret Deafie column, just email I am a hearing individual with a big deaf family background. I received a text message from my Deaf father at the weekend with the term ‘’Pls hurry – your grandma operation […]

Watch: One mother’s mission to get the NHS using sign language

May 20, 2014


Amelie Chan, aged 9, has Charge syndrome, a recognisable pattern of birth defects that occurs in about 1 in every 10,000 births. Amelie is deaf and cannot communicate with many of the healthcare professionals who support her during her regular trips to hospital. Lesley, her mother, thinks its important that NHS staff learn sign language […]

Matt Dixon: What did my dying dad think of the fact I had to interpret for him in hospital?

April 1, 2014


You might have seen an article about how I had to tell my deaf dad he was going to die. That article focused almost entirely on my frustrations with the NHS and how hard it can be to get a sign language interpreter; as my dad found out for himself as he battled the cancer […]