Browsing All posts tagged under »sign language«

Meriah Nichols: About that Samsung advert everyone’s talking about…

March 16, 2015


This ad by Samsung is going viral – I know this because I was sent it by no less than 5 people and whenever I’m sent something by no less than 5 people, something is seriously going VIRAL! The product itself looks cool and I want to know more about it. But I was left […]

Maartje De Meulder: Finland’s new sign language act was approved yesterday. Here’s what it means

March 13, 2015


Yesterday, the Finnish Parliament voted in favour of the “Sign Language Act”. Now the first thing you might think when you read this is ‘Wait a minute, didn’t they already have recognition legislation’? And you’re right. Finland has had constitutional recognition since 1995. Section 17 on the ‘Right to one’s language and culture’, which makes […]

Deaf News: Deaf brothers chosen for national Entrepreneurial Spark programme

February 12, 2015


Two deaf brothers are taking part in the UK-wide Entrepreneurial Spark programme, launched in Birmingham this month in partnership with the NatWest Bank, as they develop their communication support website, (who are also a supporter of this site). Guy, 30, and Alex Orlov, 35, are among 80 small businesses and start-ups participating in the city’s […]

Charlie Swinbourne: Don’t believe the Deaf community exists? Watch Grayson Perry discover our world on C4 tonight

November 5, 2014


Ever since I was a child, I’ve met people who seem incredulous at the idea that there might be a Deaf community. The concept of people being linked by something they see as being inextricably negative is ridiculous to them. A typical response goes like this one from a commenter on an article I wrote […]

Charlie Swinbourne: The 10 annoying habits of deaf people!

November 1, 2014


Every weekend, we are publishing popular articles from our archive, which you might have missed the first time round! This one is from July 2013. Tell us which articles you think should be reposted by emailing After our article ‘The 10 annoying habits of hearing people’ broke all records on this site, a number of people […]

Deaf News: British Sign Language Bill formally introduced in Scotland

October 31, 2014


Labour MSP Mark Griffin’s British Sign Language (BSL) (Scotland) Bill has been formally introduced in the Scottish Parliament. To see this article in BSL, courtesy of Tessa Padden, from our supporter, Signworld, who offer online BSL learning, press play below. The Bill, which seeks to increase awareness of BSL and improve the services available for […]

Deaf News: BSL SignBank, a ‘living’ British Sign Language dictionary, is launched online

October 7, 2014


Now anyone with an interest in British Sign Language (BSL) will have access to the first ever usage-based dictionary created at one of the world’s leading research Universities. The dictionary has been developed by academics at the Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre based at University College London. The signs were collected from the […]