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John Smith Deaf & Hilariously Funny!

John Smith is a Deaf comedian on the up. Turning to comedy in the last 8 years, John has a unique brand of comedy and he shares some thoughts with us here.

Pinnocks - A Delightful Deaf Friendly Coffee House

During a weekend break Sarah visited Pinnocks Coffee House in Ripley, Surrey. She was delighted to find the staff were deaf aware and one of the partners fluent in BSL. It made for a relaxing and enjoyable visit!

BSL World - fingerspelling

A regular column about issues related to British Sign Language

Technology - Leap Motion Sensor

The new Leap Motion Sensor might open up new opportunities for BSL users.

Deaf Friendly Council Services

Bridgend County Borough Council offering Deaf Friendly Services

Signed and Captioned Performance at the Theatre

Theatres have taken great strides in opening up some performances to people who are deaf, here Jeff discusses some of those developments

BSL World - Richness of BSL

Richness, complexity and accuracy of BSL

Jean West A Positive Role Model

A young Deaf woman, Jean has set herself up with a hairdressing business and has greater ambitions

An Interview with The Punk Chef - Scott Garthwaite

Scott Gathwaite, also known as the Punk Chef, presents his cookery shows in BSL. Here Sarah talks about his up-bringing and his culinary skills

Gerry Hughes is a quite remarkable man

A Deaf man, Gerry Hughes is single handedly sailing around the world past all five capes - read about him here

Women and Deaf People - Breaking Down International Barriers

Tessa Padden from Signworld visited Iran and here she describes her experience

Ipswich Building Society launches sign language initiative to support hard of hearing customers

Up-skilling staff with deaf awareness and basic BSL improves customer services

Deaf Photographers

An article discussing the merits of photography and the action of one tutor to make his business deaf friendly

The Interpreter's Code of Conduct Explained

The NRCPD Interpreter's Code of Practice explained

PC Jonathan Handy - A Signing Police Officer

The BBC unveiled a police officer learning BSL as part of the Police 24/7 programme. PC Handy tells us why

Being Deaf won't stop me being a Primary School Teacher

At 18 years of age Anne-Julie Pelletier-Lampert left France for London in pursuit of her ambition to become one of the few Deaf teachers that practice in the UK

The Kitchen is at the HEART of your home, use it wisely!

The Punk Chef talks about the importance of making cooking a family activity.

Sensory Awareness Day at Dudley Zoo

A deaf friendly assessment visit to Dudley Zoo

Offer Deaf Children Eduction in Sign Language

Basic Human Rights of Deaf Children being denied around the world

Bridgend Council Setting the Standard

Bridgend County Council are taking steps to becoming more and more deaf friendly

Helping Deaf parents during early parenthood

A short article briefly talking about some of the issues faced by Deaf parents of a hearing child

Sign Language Interpretation on Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday - interpreter provided at Walsall

Africa and UK focussed deafness charities join forces

Signal is a new Shropshire Based Charity - read about their important work here!

The Development of Deaf Villages

Deaf Villages in Ireland and Jamaica provide a sanctuary for Deaf visitors

The Visual Pleasure of Deaf Magic

Deaf Magicians brighten the lives in Deaf Clubs around the world

Deaf Discrimination? You Decide

Even today some employers think its ok to discriminate.

Deaf Education Limiting Life Choices

Research shows that deaf students achieve less at school.

Attitude Makes the Difference

Attitude to deafness varies, in my experience it makes all the difference.

NHS and the Right to an Interpreter

In an NHS setting communication is central to safety.

Offering BSL Instruction to Learner Drivers

Insight 2 Drive is a new driving school operating in South Liverpool and providing deaf friendly tuition

Brighton University Students Design Website for Deaf People

University students design website to host details of deaf friendly businesses in one place

BSL World - Dealing with New Technology Words

New technology words create a challenge to BSL

Living the Dream

Dafydd Eveleigh has long since had an ambition to ride a Motorbike in Europe. Here he tells us of the joy in doing it.

Christmas Gift Ideas

With Christmas fast approaching, how about these ideas for a Christmas Gift

Zane Hema taking sign language interpretation seriously

The arrangements behind the BSL/English interpretation during the 2012 Paralympics and the Mandela Memorial could not be more stark

Joshua Ledbetter - Me and My LP3 Project

Joshua Ledbetter tells us about the pursuit of his dream to have his own fitness and well-being business.

New Welsh Standards Set to Transform Services

New communication standards in Wales have the potential to change NHS service delivery beyond recognition

Help for Deaf Learner Drivers

Xmas special offer on the BSL Theory Test Guide for learner drivers

5 year old Claire Koch signs her Xmas Show

The joy of a child's nativity play is combined with stress for some Deaf parents

Access to Work - New Approach Threatening Well-Being

Deaf workers are facing widespread reductions in their Access to Work grants - the impact could be catastrophic

Deaf Man fails to get the support he needs following accident

When deaf people are involved in a car crash, we expect more from our emergency services in respect of help and understanding

Interpreters, Job Centres and Access for People who are Deaf

Department for Work and Pensions costs for interpreters hits £20 million in 4 years and yet deaf applicants struggle to get the communication support they deserve!

Restaurant Offers Deaf Friendly Service

Using improvements in technology, Rita's on the River improves communication with deaf customers

Wales Deaf Rugby Triumphs in their 11th International against England

Wales and England Deaf Rugby teams locked horns in the world's first international match on an artificial surface with Wales running out worthy winners

6 Years Old Caleb, Deaf and Aiming for Formula One

Caleb McDuff is 6 years old. Deaf following an infection, he has been karting for years and aims to be the first deaf Formula One racing driver

Ploughing Fields at Tank School

SLFirst visited the Tank School to try it out as a deaf friendly family activity. It passed with flying colours and was so much fun!

Royal Shakespeare Company Announces Its First British Sign Language Theatre Tour

Further opening up the theatre to Deaf audiences, the RSC performance of The Jew of Malta will be fully interpreted

Deaf Awareness, Bespoke BSL supports Golf4All Programme

Staff at Ridgeway Golf4All Club learn BSL in preparation for Deaf Golf Sessions

Tailored Holidays for Deaf Visitors at Seable

Seable Holidays provide tailored activity breaks on the wonderful island of Sicily

Competing for the GB Sewing Bee Crown

Deaf, Lynda Lewis stars in BBC 2's Great British Sewing Bee that is first aired on 18th February 2014

59 Down, 41 To Go, Deafblind Runner James Clarke's Race Against Time

Deafblind since the age of 9, James Clarke is undertaking a remarkable feat

Lynda's Pyjamas Steal the Sewing Bee Show

Lynda Lewis made an occasion out of her first appearance on the GB Sewing Bee

Sarah O'Dowd Capturing the Best Northumberland Countryside

Sarah O'Dowd enjoys painting and does not believe deafness should prevent anyone achieving their dreams.

Sean Midnight Taking a Japanese Crown

Midlands based Deaf wrestler Sean Midnight takes the Champions crown after a successful trip to Japan and the Philippines

BSL Celebration Week

Working with partners, Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education have produced resources which people can use to learn some BSL

Neglect by the NHS Leads to Reduced Life Expectancy for Deaf People

SignHealth's 'Sick Of It' Report identifies significant problems in Deaf patients being properly diagnosed

Deaf BSL Role Models Inspiring Younger Generation

As Part of BSL Celebration week, the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education invited role models to present to the students

Graeae and Circo Crescer e Viver Present Belonging

Belonging, produced by the UK's Graeae and Brazil's Circo Crescer e Viver will work across four languages: English, British Sign Language, Portuguese and Brazilian Sign Language

A Better Future for BSL Teaching

Time for BSL teachers to pull together collectively and make a better future for their students.

National Deaf Swimming Championships 2014

Deaf swimmers came from across there UK to compete in their National Championship at Loughborough University

Accessible Church Services

Over the years the absence of deaf friendly church services has been the cause of many tears

Deaf Day Delight at City Lit

Attending Deaf Day for the first time in 40 years - I had a great time

Belfast take the spoils in British Deaf Football Cup Finals

The British Deaf Football Cup has been contested since 1959 and this year saw Belfast regain the trophy

So you want to be a sign language interpreter?

A Road Map for those interested in becoming a BSL/English interpreter

Rachel Shenton - Hollyoaks, Acting and Deafness

Hollyoaks Star Rachel Shenton on her work acting and promoting deaf awareness

Sign or Text for Theatre?

Deafinitely Theatre's signed production of Shakespeare's - A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe Theatre

BSL tokenism in Schools

Discussing the lack of BSL being taught in schools and whether it should be on the National Curriculum.

Deaf Awareness vs Deaf Equality

Deaf for a day John Barrowman raising awareness of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

Music in Motion - translating lyrics into sign language

The Music in Motion Choir raises money to sponsor lots of different deaf projects

Principality Building Society Leading the way on Deaf Friendly Banking

The banking sector is behind the game on deaf awareness, now one Building Society is seeking to make sweeping improvements.

BSL Tour of Folkestone Triennial

Free BSL guided tour of the Folkestone Triennial - an ambitious public art project

How to make Carrot Cake

Step by Step Guide on how to make Carrot Cake

Our CODA visit to Sign Circle

The CODA team had a great time at this year's Sign Circle event in Preston

An Interview with Elizabeth Bojas - Regional Teacher of the Year

Nominated by her students Elizabeth is humbled by the award and shares her love of BSL

LATCH Breastfeeding Event Welcomes Deaf Parents

Local breastfeeding group arrange deaf friendly information event

A Proud History of Signed Performances at The New Theatre

Signed and Captioned Performances Open up the Theatre to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Theatregoers

Department of Health invests heavily in online interpreting for Deaf people

Department of Health finally wakes up to the communication needs of deaf patients

Wellness Centre Taking Deaf Clients' Health Needs Seriously

The Shipley and Saltaire Wellness Centre attract deaf clients through their thoughtful approach

The Flip Side of the Coin

Cochlear Implants, Hearing Aids, Lip Reading or Sign Language, if you're Deaf it's all about choice

Sign of the times for PGA

Signing golf professional Paul Aitkens opens the golfing door to hordes of deaf and disabled people

BSL Coffee Morning Sponsored by Principality BS

Deaf Friendly coffee morning at the Bridgend Branch of the Principality, inviting Deaf people to chat over a coffee and a cake

Need an Interpreter or Translator - Try Before You Buy

New technology opens the door to video interviewing of BSL/English interpreters or translators

Deaf Canoeist Making a Splash in Mainstream Competition

Retiring from International Competition, Matthew Sykes has a lot to be proud of

Deaf Children, Hearing Parents and BSL

Mum of deaf children finds it impossible to find BSL tuition and faces anti BSL views from teacher of the deaf

Come in, take a seat, I'm all "hears"

A Deaf persons thoughts on counseling services.

Principality's BSL Week Raises Awareness

With staff learning BSL, the Principality wanted to go one step further to support deaf people in Wales

RSC Stage First Performance With BSL

Royal Shakespeare Company get set to host its first semi-integrated Sign Language Performance.

Attitudes Towards Sign Language Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

Teachers for the Deaf try to banish Sign Language in Mainstream Schools, denying deaf children a choice later in life

Hampshire Police PLOD Reaching Into Deaf Community

Recognising the need for specific communication, PLODs are bridging the gap

Committee Report Confirms Access to Work Failures

Finding Access to Work's approach to BSL highly regrettable, the DWP faces a challenge to make good on its anti Deaf approach

Taking Their Place in History, Bridgend Council Win BDA Charter Award

The first Council in Wales to achieve the BDA award, Bridgend Council remain committed to supporting the deaf community

Setting High Standards of Deaf Awareness Within Public Service

Setting up the country's first PLOD, Sgt Barham leads the way on deaf friendly communication

Young Deaf BSL Teacher Zayne Thomson Brings Energy To The Classroom

Passionate about British Sign Language, this young teacher is student centric

Association of British Sign Language Teachers and Assessors

ABSLTA’s 25th anniversary saw calls for a revival of a professional focus.

GB Deaf U23 Football Opens New Pathway to International Honours

Playing their first development game the GB Deaf U23 football team perform well against seasoned opposition

St John's Take British Deaf Futsal Cup by the Scruff of the Neck

Competing for the British Deaf Futsal Cup, St John's A beat Doncaster to take the spoils.

Deaf Opinions Facebook Page - a New On-Line Deaf Club?

Facebook has opened up an on-line community for Deaf people to get involved and to help others

Two Worlds Video Shows Attitude is Everything

Producing a music video with a signed interpretation provides a powerful link between hearing and deaf people

Integrating BSL into our Social Care Course

Young students get far more from their BSL course than they ever imagined

Cancer Prevention Event in BSL at Cardiff Deaf Centre

A consultation event aimed specifically to get Deaf views about Cancer Prevention

Butlins with the England Deaf Darby & Joan

A brilliant annual event for Deaf over 50's, activities and good company add to people's enjoyment

St David's Day, Welsh Tradition and BSL

St David's Day is an ideal time to celebrate and highlight traditional Welsh sign language

Top Ten Tips for BSL Learners

Turning up for lessons is a good start, these tips will help you take your signing to a new level

BSL - Maximising The Learning Opportunity

Making the best use of your time in the classroom and at home will improve your signing

Simeon Hart, Campaigning to be the first Deaf BSL user MP

Standing for election representing the Green Party, the Commons needs better Deaf awareness

VisiTalks: Developing Sign Language Tranlsation Gloves

Brothers hoping to help Deaf signers talk directly with others using movement sensors

The General Election - A Brief Explanation

With the general election around the corner, here's a brief independent view of what it's all about

Hap & Stace Launch Sign-Song YouTube channel

Seeing a rise in 'BSL' signed songs, I wanted to find out about the underlying motivation

Parenting a Deaf Child can be a Minefield

Totally reliant on the experts around us, is the advice and guidance as accurate as we need it to be

BSL - Regional Variations - Respect and Knowledge of Linguistics

Proud of my regional signing identity, it is for the Deaf Community to decide if regional variation and linguistic rules should be dropped

Sign Language Helps all Children in Early Years Learning

30 years of research has consistently shown the benefits and finally some educators seem to be listening

Bus Drivers learn sign language to help deaf customers

First Glasgow responds to Deaf customer communication needs

Privately owned Deaf-led business continues to set high standards

20 years old, Deaf Friendly Business Solutions delivers high quality programmes excelling in Deaf Friendly training

Cochlear Implants, Confidence and New Experiences

Excluded through people's ignorance and lack of interest in deafness growing up, I'm now determined to make the most of new opportunities

Parity in the Home and Good Lines of Communication Build Lasting Memories

A few small steps can be a big difference to a Deaf child feeling valued

Deaf Community Given No Consideration by Met Police Commissioner's Recruitment Policy

Understanding that communities have different needs from its police force, the Met Police demonstrates ignorance to the needs of Deaf people

At the start of another year of teaching BSL, motivations to learn seems to be changing

Learning BSL is not just about getting a job for some, it is about wanting to chat to Deaf people

Bravo RSC in Setting New Standards of BSL Integration into Stage Plays!

For the first time ever, the Royal Shakespeare Company offer fully inclusive play to Deaf BSL audience in Stratford

Deaf access at the London Science Museum

With different levels of Deaf access throughout, the visiting experience itself shows how accessibility is changing

The life of a theatre interpreter

Following our recent wonderful experience of integrated theatre we interviewed Becky Allen to get a behind the scenes look at how the show was developed

Deaf-Friendly Days Out

With the arts increasingly accessible, a few ideas for enjoying a day out

Upcoming Deaf Accessible Events at the Science Museum, London

Lots of free BSL interpreted and accessible programmes for deaf adults, children and their families

Deaf Got Talent event to raise money for charity

Comedian John Smith takes to the stage to help raise funds for Demelza

Shadow Sign Exhibition in Doncaster

Deaf students and families from Doncaster have created an exhibition of filmed shadow theatre performances created using BSL.

Annual Lecture on Scotland's BSL Bill

Free lecture about Scotland's new 'BSL Bill' - what does it mean and what happens next?

Should we be bothered with BSL linguistics

Concentrating on the rules, there are numerous examples of inaccurate signs every day

Cutty Sark Tours in British Sign Language (BSL)

Extending their accessible programmes, a tour of this great clipper is available in a BSL guided tour

BSL Advent Calendar - Helping Adults and Children to Learn Festive Signs

Christmas time is always popular to share some seasonal good wishes in sign language

RSC continues its commitment to semi-integrated BSL performances

The RSC - Making the theatre more accessible to the Deaf signing community than ever before

Sea Signs at the Cutty Sark - Family Fun Day

Fantastic opportunity for Deaf families to enjoy an accessible tour and activities

Interested in Space: Free BSL Interpreted tour at London's Science Museum

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age takes place on Wednesday 27th January.

Semi-integrated BSL show, significantly improves enjoyment of Deaf audience

Having a BSL interpreter on stage and moving around the set, is a step up in accessible live shows

Preserving standards of BSL teaching is crucial

The teaching of English has not been affected by social interactions, why is BSL

Paddleboat THEATRE puts Deaf academy talent in spotlight at Exeter Phoenix

Collaboration with Deaf Academy results in Deaf accessible show

Deaf Nest Event - Together Towards Tomorrow

A Deaf accessible conference focusing on the needs of Deaf parents to be

Subtitled BSL Film Captures Values of Old Deaf Culture

Pulled together from film footage thrown in a skip, the film is a must see for anyone who is deaf

Signworld's On-line BSL Resources Made With Learners In Mind

Designed and developed by a team with years of BSL teaching experience, Signworld is a brilliant back-up to the classroom