Blogs

Outstanding Success Rate Despite Pandemic

11th Jun 2021

I am lost for words as to how I feel about the outstanding results of this BSL Level 2 course but will try and summarise the success and passion shown by the participants. The course only commenced a few weeks before the outbreak of Covid in the UK and subsequent Lockdown and restrictions were put in place.

Sign Language Dilemmas – what does the Interpreter wear?

08th Jun 2021

People do not always understand the need for BSL Interpretation (pen and paper works a treat most of the time doesn’t it?) and the role of the Interpreter can be an unwelcome addition/intrusion to the communication process. So, rightly or wrongly, the Interpreter will often become the benchmark and the deaf client will be judged accordingly.

Deaf fitness coach India Morse releases accessible workout series with Joe Wicks

07th Jun 2021

India Morse, a Deaf online fitness instructor and owner of ‘You Lean Me Up’ has released a new series of accessible workout videos with fitness star Joe Wicks. The series launched on The Body Coach’s official YouTube channel yesterday. The videos cover all fitness levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced workouts, they are fully …

CSW and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI); good practices, stretches, and relaxation techniques (Updated: Jul 23, 2020)

28th May 2021

A communicator’s job is never easy and you can find yourselves working in varied and sometimes stressful situations. You will be dealing with real life situations and will need to know how to be flexible and spontaneous, whilst still maintaining in your role.

Concentration Fatigue

26th May 2021

Concentration fatigue is experienced by many deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the deaf community. This simply means that we are using more of our cognitive resources when we are lip-reading, listening to others, and following conversations in sign language. Deaf and hard of hearing people must pay more attention and concentrate harder, in comparison to individuals who are hearing.

Who am I?

25th May 2021

My name is Joanne,  you may know me as the person who wrote the song ‘Give Us the Sign’  written to support the campaign #Where is the interpreter.  I created a choir in 2020 which had a wonderful mix of people with a vast range of age differences, signing ability and a mix of d/Deaf and hearing people.  We created a video which can be viewed on YouTube signing along to Liv Austen singing the lyrics  ‘Give Us The Sign’.  Have a look and see what you think?

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 …

Signature is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week

10th May 2021

Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.  

The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May.

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.

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