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Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Life of William Shaw

William Shaw (1869-1949) was arguably the greatest Deaf inventor. He invented Deaf-friendly doorbells, alarms, clocks, baby monitors and phones.

5 tips for deaf flying

Those who know me in person, will know that I am not a keen flier. Those who don’t know me at all, let me...

Captioning Awareness Week: It’s all about captions!

This week is all about celebrating the importance of captioning, particularly within the D/deaf and hard of hearing community… it’s Captioning Awareness Week!
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Deafblind Technology

In 2008 Dr Arun Mehta, a disability rights activist, was making a speech in Bengalaru. He was talking about technology for disabled people when he felt someone touching his throat. It was Zamir Dhale, a Deafblind boy who was trying to understand him by feeling his Adam's apple vibrating.

How concentration fatigue can affect deaf people

Concentration fatigue, or tiredness is a thing! Simply, it’s when you have to concentrate hard on listening, lipreading or signing for a long period of time, and it tires you out. It’s most common in deaf people as we use our eyes more than our other senses, as they’re also our ears.

Deaf woman told she can’t be on a jury because she needs an interpreter

Ms Pauline Latchem was told her deafness may impact her ability to carry out jury service. Pauline Latchem was told she could not serve on a jury because a BSL interpreter would not be able to translate the trial.

The Importance of Celebrating Deaf Culture at Deaf Events

A few weeks back we held the Norfolk Summer Deaf Festival (NSDF) for the second year running at The Forum in Norwich. After being a guest speaker at the first one last year, I was so keen to get involved first hand with the festival so I was lucky to be invited to be part of the committee to help organise this fantastic day.

Accessible Banking for Deaf People: My Experience (Part 1)

One of the most common problems that D/deaf people face on a daily basis is not being able to contact organisations easily. For D/deaf people who cannot use the telephone, this can cause frequent accessibility issues.

Moves to improve the lives of deaf Glaswegians revealed

City chiefs in Glasgow have agreed on plans to improve the lives of BSL users in the Scottish city, making education, leisure, health and democratic services more accessible

Deafness and Mental Health

I researched into whether there is a higher occurrence of mental illness in deaf people than hearing. Although a simple question, there is no simple answer.