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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

How to make services more accessible for deaf people

Around 9 million people in the UK have some form of hearing loss*. Every deaf person is different, with various degrees of loss, and using a wide range of assistive technologies depending upon their access requirements. Communication is the main barrier that deaf people face, particularly with access to services.

Can astronomy be made a deaf-friendly career path?

How can astronomy be made a deaf-friendly career path? How can we encourage deaf students into the subject? Just imagine being a scientist who has to text or (if their colleague understands it) fingerspell every star, planet and comet they are discussing with hearing colleagues.

Best Apps for Deaf People

In this tech-savvy day and age, it’s not a surprise that most people have a smartphone. With a ton of Apps out on the marketplace, all with different purposes and some are more beneficial than we realise… Here are the Best Apps for Deaf people

Tips for a Deaf Accessible Trip to the Hairdressers

Getting your hair cut seems like a simple task for most, but with deafness it can bring up some challenges. Here are some top tips to get the most out of your visit to the hairdressers… and a fabulous haircut!

William Stokoe – American Sign Language scholar

William Stokoe (pronounced Stowkee) is the man most responsible for ASL being recognised as an official language rather than just a mimed vocabulary. Surprisingly, he wasn't deaf or a signer. He was an English teacher who had gone to Gallaudet college (the world's only Deaf University) in 1955 to teach Chaucer to deaf students.

How do D/deaf people experience music?

‘How can D/deaf people hear music’… ‘D/deaf people must really miss music’… These questions and phrases are commonly asked and is a common myth I’d like to dispel in this blog. Any D/deaf person, regardless of their level of hearing loss can experience or ‘hear’ music, they might just access it differently to the way hearing people do.

Deafrave NYE Party

After my first time at Deafrave, (Deaf Rave 2019) I could not wait to go again. After years of reading and writing about the Deaf community, that was the first time I had seen it face to face.

Martha’s Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard is an island in Massachusetts and was home to the world's most famous Deaf community. Even though they were never more than a quarter of the population, nearly everyone used the local sign language which would go on to form the basis of ASL.

How Deaf friendly are our gadgets?

How Deaf friendly are our gadgets? Bluetooth is spreading everywhere: Bluetooth speakers, Bluetooth earphones and now, even hearing aids can be Bluetooth speakers.

General Election 2019: manifesto comparison

With a(nother) snap general election coming up, I was curious as to what each main party planned to do regarding giving BSL legal status, making life more accessible for D/deaf communities, etc.