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Fire Safety for the Deaf

Fire safety is important for Deaf people, here we discuss one of the services offered by one Fire Service

A Day at Bath Races

Seeking activities that are deaf friendly for families and groups, Sarah visited Bath Races for a Summer meeting. This is her story.

Hard of Hearing - Isolating and Lonely

Age related deafness can leave people confused, isolated and lonely

Castle Combe Car Racing

In search of deaf friendly activities for couples and families, Sarah visited Castle Combe Race Track during the Retro weekend. Well sign posted, with plenty of space, it turned out to be a great day of fun.

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, enjoying working with Pam St Clement as part of the 'Deaf for the Day' campaign.

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!

Exeter Deaf Students have their say at National Conference

Students from Exeter Deaf College fight for the right to access specialist education!

New National Standards of Communication for People with Sensory Loss

The Welsh Assembly Government have introduced new national standards for communication for people with sensory loss using NHS services

Sean Midnight Wrestling for his Future

Sean Midnight is a Deaf wrestler aiming for the big time

4 Nations Deaf Golf

A preview of the 4 Nations Deaf Golf Championships being held in August 2013

Listen Up

Listen Up is a Visit England initiative to to improve accessibility in businesses

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

Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012

An interview with the people behind the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards, DSPY

Golf Development Wales

Golf Development Wales seeks to develop the health of golf in Wales, and here we discuss a programme to attract deaf golfers

Gerry Hughes - Global Champion

Gerry Hughes successfully circumnavigated the world in one of the most remarkable feats of achievement by any Deaf man in history

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

Susy Evans deaf Olympic Torch Bearer

Susie Evans is deaf, multiple medal winner in karate and an Olympic Torch Bearer

Tony Padden - Life as a Deaf Tailor

Deaf and from Ireland Tony Padden made his way as a gentelmen's tailor, culminating in his work at Harrods

Subtitles on You Tube

A regular look at Deaf technology, Karl talks about subtitles on You Tube

Travel with Heather Thomas - Japan

Deaf travellers Heather and Tammy visited Tokyo. This is what they made of it

Fun Family Walks

Using fun family walks to get some exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle

Dear Wendy

Wendy sets out some advice to readers who have written in asking for help

An introduction to the Deaflympics

A brief look at the history of the Deaflympics and the upcoming 2013 Games

Lip-Speaking explained

A brief introduction to Lip-Speaking

Manor House Wildlife Park

We visited Manor House Wildlife Park in South Wales and found plenty that was deaf friendly.

Women and Deaf People - Breaking Down International Barriers

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

Modern Communication Technology

Karl Jenkins takes a look at the 'new lines of communication', available through the introduction of new technology

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

Young, Deaf and Undeterred

Robin Watts is 18 years of age and briefly explains some of the issues faced by a deaf girl growing up

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

Michael Hubbs

Deaf from birth, Michael Hubbs is a US speed skater working tirelessly to make the Olympic Team

Double Deaflympics Medal Winner Tom Smith

Against an agonising background, the highly professional Tom Smith shows his metal

Pipedown! by the wonderful Gaynor Young

Background music causes havoc to Cochlear Implants, but as Gaynor explains, it's not just deaf people who don't like it

A sense of Community through Deaf Football

Deaf Football in Britain has a long and proud history

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

An Introduction to Fitness

Andie Vowles is a Deaf personal trainer and will be providing some advice and guidance to help you get fit and stay healthy

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

Fulham Deaf Football Club

In their 10th year since formation, the Fulham Deaf Football Club has proved a great success

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

Signature Awards - 1 month to go

Press Release about the upcoming Signature Awards

DSPY 2014 Awards

Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2014

Incloodu Deaf Arts Festival

Deaf Arts Festival in London

Cases of diabetes still on the rise

The cases of diabetes is still on the rise, but people seem unaware of the risk to serious health problems

Mobile Technology Changing Banking

Advances in technology are quickly changing the face of banking.

Helping Deaf parents during early parenthood

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

Easy Access to Essential Information When Buying a Second Hand Car

New App provides used car history at the touch of a button

An Introduction to Gloucester Deaf Association

Under good leadership and clear direction Gloucester Deaf Association offers a range of services

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

The Wonders of Kite Flying

In bygone years dads used to know how to make a kite with their children. We thought we would show you how

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.

Rediscovering sound - like meeting up with an old friend

Deciding to have Cochlear Implants was a big decision

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.

To Grow or Not to Grow.....?

South African writer Gaynor Young explains why 'Movember' can be problematic

Offering BSL Instruction to Learner Drivers

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

Successful Deaf Sports Stars - Mat Gilbert and Professional Rugby

Mat Gilbert is Deaf and here he tells us about how he is carving out a successful professional rugby career

Implications for Deaf Customers with Introduction of Voice Recognition

Voice biometrics are about to be introduced but what will that mean for Deaf and Hard of Hearing customers

Brighton University Students Design Website for Deaf People

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

History of Pantomime

Pantomime has a long and traditional history, but remains hugely popular.

BSL World - Dealing with New Technology Words

New technology words create a challenge to BSL

Adam Evans - Family Man, Cage Fighting and MMA

A Deaf family man, Adam decided to give MMA cage fighting a go, he hasn't looked back since

Gaynor Young - Delightful and Determined

Gaynor Young suffered an horrific fall during a stage performance. The story of her life since is enthralling and truly inspirational.

Kate Evans' Photography Tips

Kate Evans- Tips and Hints to take some wonderful Winter photos

A Deaf Person’s Road to Success

Growing up Deaf in Malta and experiencing a lack of deaf awarness, Annabelle is intent of changing long held stereotypical views about the deaf

Justin LeBlanc

SL First looks at the success of a deaf American fashion expert and how his deafness has helped him to achieve his goals.

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

Joe Collins - Carving a Career in the Media

Deaf TV plays an important role within the deaf community. Joe Collins has been an influential figure for many years!

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

Barclays Launches Accessibility Roadshow

Following widespread disquiet amongst the deaf community, it is good to see progress finally being made on banking accessibility.

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.

Gardening for Good Health

It's official, gardening and doing some DIY is good for you!

Deaf CCTV workers in Mexico

Deaf operators of CCTV in Mexico have delivered better outcomes

Johanna Lucht - It could have been so different

Johanna Lucht was isolated and being let down until effective communication was introduced to her life. Things changed then!

New Welsh Standards Set to Transform Services

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

Lou Ferrigno - Shaping Up to Play the Hulk

Lou Ferrigno became Deaf early in his life, he went on to carve a great body building and acting career

Help for Deaf Learner Drivers

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

When it's Good to Fight

Louis Long is a Deaf wrestler in the USA fighting his way towards professional status.

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

Lights Out for Dog Walkers

With street lighting being turned off to save money, deaf dog owners face additional dangers.

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

3M and Action on Hearing Loss reach new heights together

Members of 3M and Action on Hearing Loss scale the steps of the BT Tower to highlight their work together

Cartooning

Cartooning has a long established history but they have their limitations for deaf topics!

Cinema, subtitling and Equal Access

The lack of subtitled films in the cinema has long been a thorn in the side of the deaf community

3M Scores with Health & Safety Crowd at Old Trafford

3M provide a forum for professionals to discuss hearing protection

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!

Garnering Deaf Artist's Passion In India

The Atulyakala programme aims to bring deaf people in India with artistic talent the opportunity to flourish

Love Rugby? Wales v England should whet your appetite!

Come and enjoy one of the newest Wales v England sporting rivalries

Johnny Fantastica - A Life of Entertaining

Gloucester based John Gapp has enjoyed a lifetime of entertaining audiences all over the world. We think he's just magic!

Video Job Applications Set to Soar, but Will They be Deaf Friendly

With job applications more likely to require a short video application, will this trend disadvantage some people, especially deaf applicants?

Restaurant Offers Deaf Friendly Service

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

Tech Companies Upholding Deaf Suppression

Mobile phone contracts are not deaf friendly and service providers seem determined to maintain anti deaf usage plans

Celebrating film success – 7 deaf youngsters who helped produce it

Youngsters from Deaf Active Cheshire attend premiere of the film they helped produce

Disappointing Doctor

All Wales Standards for Communication with patients with sensory loss, seems to have bypassed my doctor's surgery

Food Labelling

It is difficult to eat healthily if you don't understand what is good and bad for you. Food labelling explained.

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!

Deaf Awareness, Bespoke BSL supports Golf4All Programme

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

Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse: Captioning Brings People Together

Captioned performances at the theatre make a huge difference to Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences

Deaf Karting Champion Bas Lammers Entering New Era in Racing

Bas Lammers is 2 time KZ1 World Karting Champion. Deaf, he has signed a new deal that he hopes will take him back to the top of the podium.

Enhancing Hearing Through Temporary Blindness

Brains of adults might compensate for a temporary loss in sight by improving hearing.

Bridgend Deaf Bowls Club

Bridgend Deaf Bowls Club take on Home Counties Bowls Team 1st March 2014

England Deaf Golf Spring Tournament 2014

The tournament is open to all Deaf and Hard of Hearing golfers and will take place on 26/27 April 2014

The Wonderful Sights and Scenery of Bolivia

A visit to Bolivia provided some of the best photo opportunities experienced anywhere in the world.

Tailored Holidays for Deaf Visitors at Seable

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

English Deaf Squash Championships

The National Deaf Squash Championships take place on the 15th & 16th February 2014 in Manchester

Setting New Standards in Deaf and Disabled Employment

Taking employment equality seriously, the India based Lemon Tree Hotel chain are an example to the world.

Deaf Sporting Results

Sport has been a central part of deaf life for many years, here you will find the results provided to SLFirst for all UK deaf sports/sportspeople

Everton in the Community supporting Deaf Football

Everton in the Community provide a significant number of sporting opportunities and runs the deaf mens and women's football teams

Henry V at the Noel Coward Theatre: Once More Unto the Breach!

Richard and Joanna Turner enjoy theatre outings, and despite losing his hearing, captioned performances still allow them both to enjoy it

Signature 2014 Awards Press Release

National charity teams up with CBeebies and Remark Media to launch 2014’s prestigious Signature deaf and deafblind awards

Black Country Deaf Football Club Fundraising Event

Open invitation to supporters of the Black Country Deaf Football Club to support their fundraising efforts

Black Country Deaf FC Hosting a Futsal Competition

Seeking to attract teams from wide afield, the Black Country Deaf FC hope to get an exciting entry list for this event

Leicester Deaf Golf Open

A deaf golf competition, evening entertainment from comedian John Smith and a dance on the 13th June 2014 at Hinckley Golf Club

Beginners Exercise - Everyone Has To Start Somewhere

An introductory guide to fitness and some simple exercises by personal trainer Andie Vowles

Backing the new Healthcare Standards for people with a Sensory Loss

Public awareness of the new Standards will improve through information cards being made available

National Deaf Squash Championships

Fiercely fought the Deaf Squash Champion's Crowns went to Jamie Mathews and Heather Thomas

'Believe to be Alive' to be supported by Pope Francis

Pope Francis to support Disability Sport event in Rome

Peter Baker the first known pre lingual deaf captain of a mainstream golf club in England

England Deaf Golf are delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Baker as Captain of Ellesmere Port Golf Club

Post 40 - Can I get fitter than ever before

Finding difficulty in wearing my favourite clothes, I decided on a tough fitness programme, but early signs are wonderful

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

Student from the Royal Birkdale School for the Deaf Appointed Captain of Golf Club

England Deaf Golfer Peter Baker becomes the first ever deaf golf Captain

Help me Please, I'm Going Deaf

Getting older and becoming deaf poses lots of new challenges, but who is there to give advice

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

Your Chance to Nominate for Audiologist of the Year

Audiologist of the Year is now in its’ seventh year and celebrates hearing professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty

Danielle Joyce Swimming into the Record Books

One of the brightest British sports prospects, Danielle hopes for more recognition for deaf sport

Lynda's Pyjamas Steal the Sewing Bee Show

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

What is “Deaf Culture”?

What is deaf culture and does it define us, divide us or isolate us

My Music (with digressions) and Hearing Loss

Becoming Hard of Hearing later in life has all sorts of implications, the inability to enjoy music being one of them

'That was then, this is NowTV' with no subtitles

The explosion of downloadable films is welcome, but too few are still offered with subtitles

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

Wales v England Deaf Futsal Friendly

Wales and England Deaf Futsal teams meet in a friendly match at the House of Sport, Cardiff on 23rd March

Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2014

The hugely successful DSPY event is being held at the Ricoh Arena 29th November. Celebrating deaf achievement it is a must attend event

Lonely Heart!

Approaching 50, deaf and alone, Gaynor tried internet dating to find companionship

Melissa Mostyn Launches First E-Book

My Daughter and I, written by Deaf mother Melissa Mostyn, will be released on 24th April 2014

BSL Celebration Week

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

Deaf Centres - The Youth Are Our Future Leaders

If Deaf Centres are to have a strong future, it is important to attract youngsters today

Deaf Bambino Championship Karter makes his debut

6 years old Caleb is Deaf, wears Cochlear Implants and has just completed the first round of his racing championship

Making A Difference Through Hearing Therapy

Hearing Therapist Nicola George brings an approach to her work that really defines public service!

Deaf Racer Bas Lammers Making The Most Of Pre-Season Racing

With three race weekends behind him, deaf kart racer Bas Lammers looks forward to a successful season

Deaf Vibe's 'See me, Hear Me' Event

The event is an opportunity to promote services to deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and Deafblind people living in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

England Take The Spoils In Inaugural Deaf Futsal International Against Wales

England and Wales Deaf Futsal teams met for the first time in a friendly international at the House of Sport on Cardiff

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

Crufts and Deaf Accessibility

Crufts is hugely popular and watched by millions of people but is it deaf friendly

Legal Services for Deaf people: A New Era?

With RAD's Deaf Law Centre closing, it is important that someone provides culturally aware legal advice to deaf people

Announcement from the Becoming Visible Board of Trustees

Becoming Visible are moving from the Newcastle Deaf Centre to new premises with the space needed

New Made For iPhone Hearing Aids Launched in the UK

ReSound LiNX is being launched in the UK introducing a brand new way to control the settings on their hearing aids

King Lear at the National Theatre: An Accessible Family Affair

The National Theatre and Stagetext teamed up to provide a captioned performance of King Lear

Access to Work - My Story

The support needed from Access to Work took months and months, causing frustration and de-motivation

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

National Deaf Swimming Championships 2014

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

Rayovac announces launch of next generation Proline Packaging

Improved packaging should be better for their Hard of Hearing customers

Sinking Sands

Seriously injured during a theatre performance, getting involved in a production again took a lot of courage

Caleb's Story - Round 2 Bambino Tour

Being Deaf does not limit ambition and Round 2 of the Bambino Tour saw 6 year old Caleb continue his karting career

NDCS Listening Bus Visit to Machynys Golf Club

Combining the provision of deaf related information with a fun activity is a winning combination

7th World Deaf Squash

Taking place on Monday 6th - Sunday 12th October 2014 in Ede, Holland

Lacquer, Louis XIV and lip-speaking at the Wallace Collection

A free event organised by the Wallace Collection with lip-speakers

Cochlear Implants used to Deliver Gene Therapy

New research shows Cochlear Implant technology can be used to deliver gene therapy

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

Misuse of Hay Fever Medication Causes Misery for Millions

As Allergy Awareness Week gets underway, there are calls for hay fever sufferers to get the right medication and use it correctly

National Deaf Tennis Championships

Defending champions head entry for National Tennis Championships for the Deaf

Viki & Actress Marlee Matlin launch 'Billion Words March'

Viki and Marlee Matlin become partnership champions for complete and accurate closed captions for online TV

EDF Challenge Plate

The EDF Challenge Finals take place on 24th May at Maidstone, first game 11am k/o, second 3.30pm k/o

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

Willcox and Simmons clinch National titles

Both Wilcox and Simmons win singles and doubles titles

Building Communication with a Deaf Child

Being a Deaf sign language user in a Hearing Family can be extremely isolating

See Me, Hear Me opens up lines of communication

DEAFvibe's event, makes deaf friendly service and product providers readily available to the deaf community throughout Staffordshire

EDF League Final Sees St John's Deaf FC Take the Spoils

In the north versus south English Deaf Football league finals, St Johns overcome Sunderland

Broadstreet Cup Retained by Superb Welsh Performance

England versus Wales Deaf Rugby Teams competed for the Broadstreet Cup at Franklin Gardens, Wales winning 30 - 0

The Silent Killer

A recent report identified that deaf people are more at risk of killer diseases, here Jeanann gives some advice to reduce risk

Words and moments to mark Deaf Awareness Week

UK Charity Hearing Link, announce their plans to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week

Why is legal advice so important?

Accessing deaf friendly legal advice can be problematic

Silence Racing's Caleb McDuff Continues to Progress

Round 3 of the Bambino Kart Tour took place at Shenington in Gloucestershire

Deaf Motor Bike Paramedic Helping Save Lives on the Streets of London

Deaf, Richard Webb-Stevens works for the London Ambulance Service and patrols the streets every day waiting to respond to emergency calls

Aspiring, Influencing & Achieving as a Deaf Youngster

Elan Môn Gilford is a deaf youngster making the most out of every opportunity she gets

Costa Rican President commits to Signed Speeches

Incoming Costa Rica President commits to sign language interpretation of his events

Amidst Penalty Chaos Doncaster take the spoils in EDF Cup Final

The England Deaf Football Challenge Cup Final was contested by Doncaster and Derby Deaf football teams

Inventive Bristol Win the EDF Plate Final

The EDF Plate Final was contested between Bristol and Black Country Deaf Football Clubs on Saturday 24th May

DEAFvibe awarded Queen's Award

Delegates from DEAFvibe have been invited to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 10th June 2014

Rachel Shenton - Hollyoaks, Acting and Deafness

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

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service shows their support to Deaf Awareness Week and National Families Week

South Wales Fire Service along with many of their colleagues across the UK offer free home fire safety checks to deaf families

Sign or Text for Theatre?

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

Tom Shakespeare on Enabling Equality: Label Jars Not People!

An interesting talk on the history and modern day perception of disability

The NHS Hearing Aid Crisis

With the Government considering cutting NHS provided services to deaf people, community infighting prevents a united voice!

Deaf Cycling's Tour de Formosa

UK Deaf Cycling's Tom Smith to ride in the Tour de Formosa

Access to Work - Ministerial Statement

Minister seeks to reassure deaf community over Access to Work concerns

Tennis Foundation announces Dresse & Maere Cup tennis team

Deaf Tennis players announced for the world team championships in the USA

BSL tokenism in Schools

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

Tinnitus Research Heralds Hope for Sufferers

Medicine used to make us wee, make help with Tinnitus

WFD calls for better education for the world's deaf youngsters

Braam Jordaan reaffirms a deaf child's right to be taught in sign language at international conference.

Getting to know the Deaf Swimmers Competing in Euro Champs

Meet the team for the Deaf European Swimming Championships

Deaf, Diabetes and a Determination to Help

Deaf Diabetes UK seeking to put deaf people in the picture

Richard’s Cochlear Implant: The Journey Has Only Just Begun

Becoming deaf later in life, having Cochlear Implants is still a big decision

Home Nations Deaf Bowls Championships

Home Nations Deaf Bowls Championship will take place over 28/29 June in Edinburgh

Accessible Health Services in Wales

Raising awareness of the all-Wales standards for accessible communication and information for people with sensory loss

Sky a Leading Light in Ignorant Decision Making

Sky's discriminatory decision making highlights ignorance about Deaf and HoH customers

Mike Hawthorne, Sense and the London Marathon

Generous Deaf gymnast champion runs for charity and supports deaf life

Deaf Awareness vs Deaf Equality

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

Get in the loop & support Hearing Loop Awareness Week

Hearing Link raise awareness of hearing loops

Wonderful dad ensures Deaf Friendly activities for his daughter

Andre Ferguson launches Meaka Bears to fill the gap in local deaf services

Empowering deaf people by providing life enhancing information

Communication is an essential part of life, for deaf people it is often a barrier

Talking About Child Protection

Research aiming to improve support in deaf child protection cases

SEN Proposals will let Deaf kids down

Government plans to change support for Deaf kids builds on historical errors

World Deaf Golf goes from strength to strength

The World Deaf Golf Championships in Michigan receives thumbs up from the competitors

Music in Motion - translating lyrics into sign language

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

College Trip to a Show in London

Isolating deaf students cab be one of the impacts of a lack of deaf awareness within a college setting

Irish Women Swim into the History Books

A group of deaf women from Ireland have made history by completing a cross channel swim that began at the top of a mountain.

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.

Holidaying with a Deaf Girlfriend

With a deaf girlfriend joining a family holiday, it's important to think how best to manage communication

Deaf Athletes left out in the cold

With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, the world's best deaf sports stars have to look on

Hearing Loss, Sport and Integration

Discussing the Mainstream, Paralympics and Deaf Sport Conundrum

Saving lives despite being hard of hearing

Canadian Scott Caldwell is Hard of Hearing, he is also a successful paramedic in a busy area in Toronto

BSL Tour of Folkestone Triennial

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

August, Torrential Rain - Deaf Racer Caleb still at the top of his game

Caleb Showing the Karting World that neither being Deaf or Torrential Rain fazes him

Our CODA visit to Sign Circle

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

USA shows UK how to Improve Access to Emergency Services

999 is a critical public service, it is not readily accessible to deaf people at a time when the US are opening their 911 service

Patients to benefit from new NHS England ‘Accessible Information Standard’

Good news for deaf patients in England, accessible information is on the way

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

Royal Seal of Approval for DEAFvibe

Having been recognised for their voluntary service, DEAFvibe group enjoy tea with the Royal family

Value Our Veterans

DDay70 brought pomp and ceremony for our veterans, SLFirst would like to see that VIP consideration all year round.

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

Children set to take part in the UK's biggest Fingerspellathon this October

NDCS launch 6th Fingerspellathon aiming to raise funds for deaf children

Like Football or Golf, why not play both at the same time

This is the first Deaf FootGolf tournament held in the UK

Let’s get academic: Preparing for University

Deaf and going to university? Here are some quick hints to assist you

Let’s get social: Preparing for University

Even if you are Deaf, it's important to get stuck into Fresher's Week at University

Deaf Sport Welcomes a New Upcoming Star

17 years old Kimberley Bruce becomes the youngest ever lawn bowls champion

Bringing Parity to the Theatre Experience for Deaf Audiences

Launched in 2000, STAGETEXT provide captioned performances for theatre shows and other arts programmes

£160,000 boost set to help deaf children learn to swim

Sport England and NDCS seek to improve Deaf access to swimming

Euro Success for GB Deaf Swim Team

GB Deaf Swimming punch above their funding weight to make their mark in Europe

Department of Health invests heavily in online interpreting for Deaf people

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

Dream to Screen Deaf Finalist - William Horsefield

One of five entrants in the final William will be jetting off to LA if he wins the competition

Wellness Centre Taking Deaf Clients' Health Needs Seriously

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

International Deaf Awareness Week Used as Springboard for Deaf Services

The Kenya National Association of the Deaf has developed plans that could be life changing for the deaf community

National Lipreading Awareness Week - What do you know?

Hearing Link promote on-line lipreading test to raise awareness

Audiology services failing deaf children in England

NDCS identifies gaps in audiology services when it comes to dealing with deaf children

Dedication and Hard Work Underpin Success with GB Deaf Football

Chris Beech has enjoyed a glittering GB Deaf Football career

The Flip Side of the Coin

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

Golf Taster Sessions to Attract Deaf Youngsters

Partnering with Disability Sport Wales, Golf Development Wales and Ridgeway Golf4All, Wales Deaf Golf Association seeks to attract new Deaf youngsters to the game of golf

GB Deaf football team take the spoils

Honoured to be part of a mini pre-European Championships tournament, the GB Deaf Football team secure the title.

‘Next Generation Text’ service welcomed by Hearing Link

Always behind the times with Deaf communication, Text Relay Service jumps forwards

NYC cops who were forced to retire for wearing hearing aids will get their day in court

New York cops challenge NYPD after being forced to retire because they wear hearing aids

England Deaf Golfing Champ to appear on Transworld Sport

At 18 Deaf golfing champion Paul Waring is taking the golfing scene by storm

Rayovac Continues To Support Charity Efforts Across The World

Charities benefit from Rayovac's commitment to support the communities they serve


Nottingham to play host to inaugural World Deaf Tennis Championships in 2015

Championships will see Deaf tennis players from around the world compete for world crown

Sign of the times for PGA

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

Welsh Deaf Futsal Cup 2014

Competition for 16 and overs at the Wales National Velodrome

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

Next Generation Text - A User's Experience

Telephone options slowly moving towards parity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people

Need an Interpreter or Translator - Try Before You Buy

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

International Support for Exeter Deaf Academy's New Build Project

The first UK Charity to win a Graham-Pelting Consulting funding award

Focus on Typos Likely to Discriminate Against Deaf Job Applicants

Overzealous action to spelling mistakes in job applications shows ignorance of equal opportunities

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

Deaf Teen's Anti-Bullying Tips

A 16 year old Deaf boy provides some tips on how to deal with bullies.

Smiles all round at Deaf Golf Taster Session

Providing deaf aware golf taster sessions draws in youngsters to give it a try

Deaflympics Cycling Star Returns to British Competition

After 2 years competing in Belgium, Tom Smith returns to cycling on the roads of Britain

Principality's BSL Week Raises Awareness

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

Gloucestershire Deaf Magician Takes the Stage by Storm in USA

Experienced John Gapp wins more awards at the World Deaf Magician Festival

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

SLFirst's 12 Deaf Reminders for Christmas

Sharing a little deaf awareness on the 12 days leading up to Christmas

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

Cutting The Number of Hearings to Save Money Will Cost More

With more local clinical commissioning groups set to cut back on providing hearing aids, is the longer term cost being ignored

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.

NEXT GENERATION OF DEAF DANCE AND MUSIC STARS

Raising the Bar was developed by NDCS to make dance and music more accessible for the 45,000 deaf children and young people in the UK.

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

Captioned Lion King Proves to be Family Friendly

With Deaf Friendly entertainment difficult to come by, captions ensured everyone could enjoy the show

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

Transition to Being Deaf - It Has It's Problems!

When hearing turns to deafness, the world is suddenly a very different place

Two Worlds Video Shows Attitude is Everything

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

Education System Suppresses Deaf Achievement

Communication barriers in school deny deaf children equality of learning

Wales Deaf Rugby Stars Serve Up Another Winning Performance

Competing for the Broadstreet Cup, Wales run out worthy winners in a close encounter

100 years ago Veditz envisioned the world of videophones

Deaf people solve problems and George Veditz, seemed to have solved the problem of the telephone for deaf people, 100 years ago.

Nurture and Dedication Key to Development of England Deaf Ladies Rugby

Drawing players from clubs all over the UK, the England Deaf Women's Rugby team, take the spoils in their first fully competitive 12-a-side match

Integrating BSL into our Social Care Course

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

Golfing Deaf Professional Kevin Hall Aims Higher

A seasoned golf Pro, Kevin Hall is still hoping to be the first deaf competitor on the PGA Tour

University of Wolverhampton Host Deaf and Hard of Hearing Open Day

Decision to put on an event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, marks out university as being deaf friendly

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

To Be, Or Not To be – Deaf

Reflecting on his own deafness, Tony Stoyles now embraces being deaf

Deaf Accessible Travel in Brazil

Run by Deaf staff for Deaf tourists, this Brazilian company guarantee a trouble free vacation

Cardiff Hearing and Tinnitus Expo All Set For March

Advice, information and products all brought together under one roof in Cardiff Expo

Deaf People 'Can Do' - And We Can Make A Difference

Politics is not just what politicians do - anyone can get involved, and anyone can drive change

Deaf Man Moves One Step Closer To Biggest DLA Award in the UK

Deaf man was denied disability living allowance despite needing constant assistance.

Deaf Friendly Swimming Gala run by the NDCS

Deaf and can swim 100 metres, come along to this swimming gala

Turning A Deaf Ear Should Mean Greater Awareness

Used commonly to criticise being ignored, everyone should know action is needed to prevent isolation of Deaf people

Isolating Deaf Youngsters From The Deaf Community Might Not Be In Their Best Interests

State of the art hearing aids and cochlear implants might not translate to mainstream achievements

Deaf Woman Attacks Life By Taking Opportunities in Both Hands

Born profoundly Deaf, Noelle Simmons' zest for life is an inspiration

Sunderland Deaf AFC Manager Praises Players After Winning the Cup

Winning the England Deaf Football League Cup, Sunderland Deaf AFC win their first trophy

THE CLOCK IS TICKING TO REWARD YOUR AUDIOLOGIST AND WIN GREAT PRIZES

If you have the benefit of a wonderful audiologist why not nominate them

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

Top Celebrities Reveal What Makes Their Taste Buds Tingle to Help Raise Some Dough for Deaf Children

NDCS attract celebrity support for series of events promoting Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Bikers Rally 2015

Enjoy motorcycling - meet friends old and new at the Deaf Bikers Rally in Great Yarmouth

Communication - Animal Kingdom v Human Society - Lessons to be Learned?

Is overly complex human intelligence and strength of opinion stopping us from solving some of the most basic of problems

SLFirst Announces Deaf Sporting Ambassadors

Ambitious to compete at an elite level in mainstream sport, our sporting ambassadors prove what can be achieved

Dr. Philip Zazove Defies the so-called 'Experts on Deafness'

Given life-limiting potential because of deafness, this Doctor proves how wrong the 'experts' can be.

Leading and Pushing for Change, Braam Jordaan's Representation Promises Great Things

Young, vibrant and energetic, pushing for change for Deaf people has fast become a matter of principle

Is an Attitude of Tokenism to Deaf Awareness Better Than Nothing At All

A minimalist attitude to training in deafness has the potential to do more harm than good

HRH The Princess Royal attends Hearing Link reception at Tower of London

The event was an opportunity to showcase the work of the organisation and recognise the efforts of everyone involved

A New Me - Spirited, Adventurous And Going For It!

Re-discovering herself, Natasha, equipped with her new Cochlear Implant, travelled to North Wales for a Women Climb weekend, and had a great time

Deaf and hard of hearing people call for more accessible activities in new research

Research by UK Deaf Sport provides a platform to improve sports access to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people across the UK

Light at the end of the tunnel for a Deaf Friendly 999 system?

This week's report by Professor Stewart captures many of the issues the Deaf community have been arguing for, for years.

A Helping Hand

Unity used to be our strength, but is a more competitive attitude beating it out

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

World Deaf Tennis Championships a Huge Success on and off the Court

World Deaf Tennis Championship organised and managed with high levels of professional competence

What businesses can do to help when it comes to deaf staff members

Making an organisation Deaf-Friendly is progressive and inclusive

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

Promoting Indian Sign Language Inside Bombay Taxi Cab

Designed to encourage conversations with Deaf people, Deaf children loved the highly visual design highlighting their language

Leading the way on Deaf designed housing

'Deaf-Friendly by Design', American construction company DePaul show what is possible when proper consideration is made

Deaf Brit Working to Empower Deaf Jordanian Communities

Ambitious to make a difference, Paul Scott has developed programmes in Jordan that are really making a difference

Introducing a Hearing Dog to the home

Adding value to the household, hearing dogs also support independence

Deafism - the Hidden and Never Talked About Discrimination

Daily discrimination is a common experience for many Deaf people in their work and private lives

Achieving In The Mainstream Is Not Out Of Reach For Deaf Cyclist

An ambitious road racing cyclist, Sol Warwick has high hopes of a successful professional sporting career

Commitment and Tenacity Supporting Uganda National Association of the Deaf

Florence Nightingale Mukasa puts heart and soul into working for Deaf people in Uganda

Born Deaf and fighting for a chance in Cameroon?

Thelma thrives in a Deaf School but fees leave her education in doubt

Advances in Technology Opens New Options for Deaf People

A futuristic new vest could allow Deaf people to feel sounds and understand what people are saying

Young American changing the lives of Deaf children in the developing world

Just 18, Grace O'Brien is made of wonderfully caring stuff.

Old, Deaf and Side-lined by my Family

Becoming Deaf has brought loneliness to family get togethers, even though I am amongst loved ones

Deaf Education Advocacy Fellowship (DEAF) launches Deaf Black Minority Ethnic Project

Event seeks to outline the support available to Deaf BME people

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