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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Why Deaf Awareness Week is important

This week, 6-12th May we are celebrating Deaf Awareness Week. There’s so many incredible things going on this week, from UK Council on Deafness’ theme of ‘Celebrating Deaf Role Models’ to Action on Hearing Loss’ ‘#DontBeADonut Be Deaf Aware’ campaign and people sharing their stories on social media.

Deaf Awareness Week: Celebrating Role Models

When I started blogging, I was also going through the process of finding my deaf identity, and part of that was looking for a deaf role model; someone to look up to. Other than the famous deaf celebrities, I couldn’t find that person and I aspired for an influential individual, so I figured why not become that person?

Celebrating deaf and hard and hearing women

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here are the achievements of 5 famous D/deaf and hard of hearing British women.

Participants wanted for sign language flash mob

More people are needed for a flash mob performing a song in sign language at Westgate Centre, Oxford, for Deaf Awareness Week.

‘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.

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!

WANTED! Firewalkers to fundraise money for new deaf academy

WANTED! Firewalkers to fundraise money for new deaf academy. Would you walk barefoot over red-hot embers to raise money for the New Deaf Academy in Exmouth?

Scottish Government seeks views from BSL users for Culture Strategy

In line with the BSL National Plan (Culture and the Arts, page 27, no. 58), the Scottish Government is seeking the view of BSL users to ensure that the Scottish Government’s new culture strategy recognises the value of BSL and Deaf Culture, and the contribution it makes to the health, wealth and success the people and communities of Scotland.

Update: David Buxton’s court case against DWP

David Buxton, Chief Executive of Action in Disability in London, is a deaf man who works 5 days a week, but the Government’s Access to Work (AtW) scheme only provides funding for British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters 3 days a week. In June 2018, Buxton took the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to court. The result has now been announced...

12 year old’s legal campaign to have BSL as a GCSE

Daniel Jillings has set up his own legal campaign to fight for a GCSE in British Sign Language. The campaign is receiving support through crowdfunding contributions on CrowdJustice.