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“Our collective voice will be harder for decision makers to ignore.” BSL interpreters set up their own union

May 16, 2014


In the wake of ongoing controversy about Access to Work and interpreting contracts, Limping Chicken has been told that a group of interpreters have set up their own union, called NUBSLI, which is affiliated to the Unite union. A spokesperson told us that “Establishing NUBSLI is focused on making sure the BSL profession is sustainable […]

Brett Best: Why Access to Work cuts are pulling us all down a slippery slope

May 14, 2014


Some have recently suggested that the solution to the problem with Access to Work is simply that interpreters should significantly reduce their rates. I would not reject sensible discussions about ATW rates outright, but I feel that before we all collectively acquiesce to the de-professionalisation of BSL interpreting by an external, uninformed entity, we need to […]

Deaf News: Mandela ‘fake’ interpreter claims he suffered schizophrenic episode on stage

December 12, 2013


Thamsanqa Jantjie, the sign language interpreter accused of being ‘inept’ has defended his actions at the Nelson Mandela memorial service on Tuesday, saying that he is a proficient sign language interpreter but has schizophrenia and suffered an episode while on stage. Mr Jantjie also claimed that he is a qualified interpreter for the ‘SA Interpreting’ […]

Emily Howlett: Do we appreciate sign language interpreters enough?

December 10, 2013


We all like a good interpreter, don’t we? Who isn’t instantly uplifted upon meeting their communication assistant and realising that they not only know their stuff, they know yours too? Recently, I have worked with a number of interpreters I had never met before. This is due to a number of reasons, none of them […]

Deaf News: Facebook video shows deaf patient confused and anxious in hospital

July 30, 2013


A harrowing video has been posted on Facebook of a deaf female hospital patient who apparently doesn’t know what drugs have been given to her and doesn’t know where she’s being taken to as her bed gets wheeled away. Jasmine Jo, from London, made the video on her hospital bed using her mobile phone to […]

Elisabeth McDermott: A deaf experience of being backstage at Glastonbury!

July 5, 2013


Whooooo! I have just had my first ever experience of Glastonbury!!! I am knackered, pooped, I would like to go to bed, but I thought I would drop Limping Chicken a few lines! I just wanted to tell you all a funny story … My friend, Heidi Fitch and I decided that we would go […]

“I had to tell my dad he was going to die, because he wasn’t given a sign language interpreter”

April 23, 2013


Matt Dixon is the only hearing person in his family. His parents, along with his brother Simon and sister Rebecca are deaf. Being the only hearing person in the family, Matt had been used to interpreting English into sign language and vice-versa, but never before had he been asked to interpret on a matter of […]