Liam O'Dell

Liam O’Dell is a Deaf freelance journalist and campaigner who specialises in deafness, disability and social media. He regularly contributes to the deaf news blog The Limping Chicken as well as having his work featured in the likes of The Stage, HuffPost, Metro, The I and the Independent. You can find out more about Liam’s work on Twitter and his Website.

BSL Bill moves onto the house of lords

15th Apr 2022

With the third reading reported to take place in the Lords on 27 April, there’s a real prospect we’ll have a British Sign Language (BSL) Bill ready to become law by the end of the month. It’s quite remarkable how far the Bill – which would finally give legal recognition to BSL – has come …

Course correction: Why it’s vital your British Sign Language (BSL) course is regulated and accredited

24th Jun 2021

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve fallen foul to it myself. Having accepted that most accredited British Sign Language (BSL) courses were too expensive for me to enrol in, I settled for a cheap online programme. It was, I was told, a course which had been heavily discounted from hundreds of pounds down to double digits, and with a voucher code, I could bring it down to an affordable £12.

When my deafness and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) collide

30th Apr 2021

In July 2020, I was handed another diagnosis to process. Years of fending off intense intrusive thoughts on my own, the pressure from lockdown became a bit too much to bear. With the encouragement of my parents, I approached my GP and was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I was also prescribed sertraline.

I experienced my first activist burnout – here’s how to tackle it

30th Apr 2021

A few weeks ago, I had what I would probably describe as an ‘activist burnout’. Asking hearing people to make their content more deaf friendly and accessible, only for them to ignore you and belittle your concerns is exhausting. At worst, it can make you question your efforts to increase deaf awareness, when certain individuals just don’t want to listen.

Why I started up my own deaf newsletter

30th Apr 2021

I have one person to thank for repeatedly encouraging me to set up an email newsletter. For the longest time, I had brushed it aside on the basis that I didn’t know what on earth I would want to write about. A lot of things I considered news, I had written about in my job as a freelance journalist. If we’re talking personal news, then I’d save that for the small number of people on Twitter who may find that interesting – emphasis on the ‘may’.