Rebecca Withey

Rebecca Withey is a Deaf actress, writer, consultant, mindfulness practitioner and BSL user, who has featured on the likes of BSL Zone. She actively works to promote and ensure that there is equal accessibility, in particular, the arts, media and holistic health field. Website / Facebook / Twitter

My Deaf Story: Rebecca Withey

03rd May 2022

I recently hosted a birthday party for my son. He had invited 9 of his friends to a local sports centre for a laser tag and dodgeball afternoon, and I had the task of ensuring everything ran smoothly throughout. I liaised with the sports centre staff, lipread them and used gestures to clarify certain things. …

Identity

30th Apr 2021

Despite going to a mainstream secondary school with a deaf unit, nobody there once asked me or told me about the idea of a ‘deaf identity.’ It’s only now when I’m questioned on how I identify, I can pinpoint exactly how I feel and be proud of all the different parts that make up me.

One year on- a year of exclusion!

30th Apr 2021

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like the last 12 months have been extremely stressful. A year ago we were in the first month of a national lockdown and I was naively hopeful that things would ‘all be better by the summer.’ Ha, if only I knew! 

Why I Sign

30th Apr 2021

Last month it was Sign Language Awareness Week, as organised by the British Deaf Association. During this particular week I shared tips and images of signs on my personal Facebook page, spreading awareness of my love for sign language and encouraging my contacts to give signing a go if they hadn’t already had the chance.