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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 […]

Diary of a Deaf Mum: Why it’s vital you have an interpreter at your baby’s birth

March 21, 2013


Picture the scene, if you will… A room of white; white walls, white bed, big white equipment that is most definitely not the kind you’d find in your kitchen. No homely fridge freezers or tumble dryers here; these machines are for slicing and pumping and otherwise mutilating people. It is, however, all for the greater […]

Watch: Documentary set to shine light on India, where there are only 250 interpreters for 18 million Deaf people

March 4, 2013


A new documentary is set to shine a light on Deaf people in India. Remarkably, despite having the largest Deaf population in the world, of 18 million, it is said that there are only 250 sign language interpreters. Sign language has not been recognised, and there is very little access, with “no captions on television, […]