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Jen Dodds: BSL/English interpreters are for hearing people too (BSL)

April 1, 2015


Since I wrote an article for NUBSLI recently, I’ve been thinking about how words affect the way we behave and do stuff. To watch this article in BSL, press play below. Or scroll down to read it in English. After all, as I said in that article, “BSL interpreter” doesn’t actually mean anything. The correct […]

Jen Dodds: On something that’s boring, but really, really important – the National Framework Agreement (BSL)

December 9, 2014


So today, I’ve got something that’s a bit boring to tell you, but please don’t go away! Sometimes the boring things in life are really important. Actually, when I was told about this, my brain went to sleep, and then it suddenly woke up and went “WHAT?!”… so I thought it was important to share. […]

Donna Williams: S*** people say… to sign language interpreters

November 22, 2014


Every weekend, we are publishing popular articles from our archive, which you might have missed the first time round! Tell us which articles you think should be reposted by emailing In the midst of my preparations for – or rather avoiding my preparations for Signing Hands Across the Water, I’ve been collecting some information for this post […]

Professor Graham Turner: 10 key issues relating to the Access to Work crisis (BSL)

October 30, 2014


While The Limping Chicken has made sure that Deaf people are appropriately stirred up about ATW, See Hear and William Mager have done the community a service by helping to drive this issue up the wider public agenda. Here are some of the key issues as I see them: To see this article in BSL courtesy […]

“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’ […]