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Anonymous: If people can register as a BSL interpreter with just a degree, the Deaf community’s doomed

December 11, 2014


Yesterday, like every day, I read my daily news from The Limping Chicken when I came across Jen Dodds’s article about the National Framework Agreement. I became fearful. Why? We all know that the standards for BSL interpreters have dropped over the years and with this new National Framework anyone could complete a Level 1 BSL course […]

Meet: Craig Jones, who runs CJ Interpreting Service, which is Deaf-led

October 30, 2014


One of our newest supporters is CJ Interpreting Service. Here, Craig Jones, who is also Deaf, tells us about the company and about his career. Tell us about the company. What do you provide and whereabouts are you based? The company is called CJ Interpreting Service (CJIS) which is obviously named after me being a […]

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 […]

Dana Gornall: Why I became an interpreter

January 15, 2014


Sign Language fascinated me from very early on. I have a clear memory of being in the grocery store parking lot with my mom. She was loading up the car when a man approached us and handed her a card. She pulled out a dollar and he smiled, waved at me and moved on. “What […]

Deaf News: Deaf association files letter of complaint expressing “outrage” over BBC’s Holby City episode

November 15, 2013


Following this week’s episode of Holby City, which showed a Deaf man’s daughter acting as his interpreter while he was seriously ill in hospital, Jenny Hopkins, who is the Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Deaf Association has written a formal letter of complaint to the BBC expressing her “outrage” over the storyline, which she says will do […]

Jen Dodds: No, Holby City, children should not be used as interpreters for their deaf parents

November 13, 2013


As everyone knows, last night’s Holby City (BBC1 – catch it here on BBC iPlayer) featured a deaf man and his daughter, played by See Hear’s Memnos Costi and HIS daughter, Kachina, who both acted brilliantly, especially as it was their first time. However, it seems that the programme was a bit like Marmite – […]

Benjamin Gorman: Community ID want to train you for FREE! And no, there’s not a catch

August 8, 2013


It seems to me that even though we Deaf people have been ingrained with the notion that due to our deafness we are entitled to free/discounted things such as (admittedly invaluable) Freedom Passes, cinema tickets and queue jumping and then getting in nightclubs for a nominal fee, when we are offered free things, we immediately […]