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Monday, February 18, 2019
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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.

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.

Deaf = ‘Undateable’? – Who says?

A new series of Channel Four’s 'The Undateables' has recently started, I almost feel guilty admitting to watching it and even more so to enjoying it. Particularly, one episode which features a young deaf lad sparked interest.

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.
Gary with Surbiton resident Bob

Inspiring others: Deaf student praises veterans’ charity after placement

A deaf man is hoping his work placement at The Royal Star & Garter Homes encourages other people with auditory problems to achieve their goals.

‘Next Stage’ launches to empower deaf and disabled artists in the music industry

'Next Stage’ launches to empower deaf and disabled artists in the music industry. The charity Attitude Is Everything have launched the ‘Next Stage’ initiative, which starts with a survey.

Captioned Theatre: Behind the Scenes!

Last week was all about recognising the wonders of captions. As part of Captioning Awareness Week, I was invited by Stagetext to watch a captioned performance of Mamma Mia the Musical in London!

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

BSL interpreter’s signing of Brexit chaos goes viral

Following a particularly disastrous week for Brexit, actor and writer Ell Potter tweeted a video of a BSL interpreter doing her best to communicate just what was happening.

Opinion: Autism and Deafness

When people ask me to describe my Autism in the simplest way possible, I tell them: “It’s the opposite from being Deaf.” What do I mean? Autism is the inability to filter information, we do not have the 'cocktail party effect’ so cannot separate various noises and conversations.