Evie Cryer

I'm a wife, mumma and teacher, writing to make the world a little more aware and fair for our LGBTQ family, our Autistic kids and myself as a deafened adult.

BSL in Primary Schools – Evie Cryer

07th Mar 2023

BSL in primary schools?  It is well documented and evidenced that learning new skills, especially languages, is easier when we are children, due to the brain’s ability to more easily create new neural pathways when we are young. With that in mind, and with the design and creation of a GCSE in British Sign Language …

10 things

07th Sep 2022

Over the last year or so, there has been an increasing presence of deaf and hard-of-hearing characters and representation in UK TV and media. From Rose Ayling-Ellis winning Strictly Come Dancing and her award-winning ‘Silent Moment’, and Gabriellla Leon’s role as Jade in BBC’s Casualty, to Oscar-winning short film ‘The Silent Child’ in 2017 and …

Being a deafened teacher in a mainstream primary school

18th May 2021

I was five years old when I decided I wanted to be a teacher. I had all my teddies lined up on the floor of our living room while to took the register (because that’s what being a teacher is, obviously!)

All the educational choices I made from that point on, got me to where I am now – a teacher. However, over the course of my 14 years as a teacher, I’ve gone from a mild, manageable hearing loss to a moderate/severe hearing loss with two hearing aids, and it has changed my whole experience of teaching.

What is deaf identity?

13th May 2021

What is deaf identity? There is much contention in society around deafness and deaf identity. Conflicting opinions around what level of hearing loss constitutes ‘deaf’, can cause confusion and upset. Too often we hear ‘You can speak, so you’re not really deaf’, or ‘You don’t sign, so you’re not really deaf’. How do we then …

How deaf are you?

05th May 2021

‘How deaf are you? Can you write it down?’

This is what I was asked when trying to access emergency medical care at the local Accident and Emergency department of my local hospital, recently. That said, I only know what was asked of me thanks to my partner, who heard and repeated for me from behind a clear panel mask. Experiencing the beginning of an anxiety attack anyway, the isolation, inaccessibility and judgement of the situation only served to make me feel worse and I left, against medical advice.