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Charlie Swinbourne: Music venues should follow Glastonbury and give Deaf people better access to concerts

June 30, 2014


By all accounts, this year’s Glastonbury festival went down a muddy storm, and even better, the festival has also been honoured for the way it allowed Deaf and disabled people to access the festival. BBC News has reported this morning that the festival is the first ever to be awarded ‘gold’ status by the charity Attitude […]

Rebecca-Anne Withey: Signsong is a way for Deaf performers to embody a song

June 10, 2014


Signsong tends to spark a love it/hate it response from the Deaf community. However as a performer and tutor of signsong I can see for myself how interest in the art form is surely growing. But when I tell people what it is I do, I still get the occasional screwed up face and an […]

Liam O’Dell: Keeping myself safe from sound while playing my drums

April 30, 2014


OK, so drums aren’t really the quietest musical instrument out there, which means that for a deaf person like myself, hearing protection is all the more important. But at the same time, the protection methods I use (basically earplugs and closed headphones) shouldn’t be so protective that I don’t hear anything at all. It’s annoying […]

Watch: Music video for ‘Sleep Sound’ by Jamie XX, featuring 13 members of Manchester Deaf Centre

April 14, 2014


The dancer in this video, Sofia Mattioli told Nowness website: “I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me. After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she […]

The Secret Deafie: How I used the ‘Deaf Card’ to outwit unfriendly (and loud) neighbours

January 22, 2014


The Secret Deafie is a series of anonymous columns written by different writers.  I wrote this after reading one Secret Deafie about playing the ‘deaf card’. I had a similar experience! Several years ago, when I owned a house in Leeds, I was unfortunate enough to have young neighbours who loved nothing better than playing music […]

Teresa Garratty: “Touched for the 31st time” – my top 10 misheard song lyrics!

November 29, 2013


When you’re Deaf or hard of hearing, sometimes things that are similar get muddled up, but it’s not the end of the world – in fact, it’s often quite hilarious! For example, when I was a youngster I used to refer to the Pacific Ocean as the “specific” ocean – and that was before I […]

Deaf News: No jokes about bum notes please – Canadian orchestra to provide deaf visitors with vibrating chairs

November 29, 2013


A newly designed vibrating, audio-tactile device  chair will be offered to deaf members of the audience at the forthcoming Orchestra London Christmas Concert in Canada. The Emoti-Chair, which was developed in conjunction with Ryerson University’s Inclusive Media and Design Centre, works by picking up sounds with a microphone, running them through an amplifier and transforming them into […]