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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

Gloucester Deaf Centre

Exciting things are happening at Gloucester Deaf Club

Sean Midnight Wrestling for his Future

Sean Midnight is a Deaf wrestler aiming for the big time

Listen Up

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

An introduction to the Deaflympics

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

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

ZBand Review

SLFirst reviews the world's first silent alarm vibrating wristband - the ZBand

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

Incloodu Deaf Arts Festival

Deaf Arts Festival in London

Aspiring Solicitor Helped by UK's Audiologist of the Year 2013

Audiologist of the Year 2013 helps aspiring solicitor

An Introduction to Gloucester Deaf Association

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

Fitbit Flex Review

SLFirst reviews the Fitbit Flex wristband that helps you get more active

History of Pantomime

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

Gardening for Good Health

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

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

When it's Good to Fight

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

Just a thought....

Has the disintegration of our counties affected the education and well-being of our deaf children?

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

New Subtitled Emergency Warning System

New emergency alerting system aimed at Deaf & Hard of Hearing people shown at CES 2014.

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!

Restaurant Offers Deaf Friendly Service

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

Live Chats: a great alternative to phone calls!

Fed up of using the phone for customer support and make enquiries - we have a quick look at online 'live chat' facilities.

Find your family’s heroes with free access to an on-line database

Remembrance weekend access to an on-line data base to research family history

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

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

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

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

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

Making Welsh Cakes

Celebrate St David's Day in style. Perfect for making with the children

Mainstream Education Continues To Generate Unfair Results

With under half of deaf students achieving 5 A*-C GCSEs, options for higher education becomes limited

Deaf Friendly Football Festivals - North West

Trying to inspire a new generation of Deaf football players!

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

Melissa Mostyn Launches First E-Book

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

Deaf Centres - The Youth Are Our Future Leaders

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

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

GB Sewing Bee's Lynda Lewis, Showing That Deaf People Can.....

Deaf Teaching Assistant by day, Sewing Bee star by evening, Lynda Lewis is showing what deaf people can achieve

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

Google Chromecast launches in UK

Google's Chromecast device launches in the UK this week - are you ready to turn your ordinary TV into a smart one?

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

Announcement from the Becoming Visible Board of Trustees

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

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

Vanilla Easter Cupcakes

An easy to follow recipe to make Easter Cupcakes

Sinking Sands

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

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

Live subtitles for real life!

Nearly instant subtitles available on some tablets and phones.

Interview with Masterchef Winner Shelina Permalloo

With a Mauritian heritage Shelina tells us about her culinary favourites

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

Alan Titchmarsh - The Pen is Mightier than the Spade

TV Gardening Celebrity Alan Titchmarsh tells us about his love of writing as well as his green figured exploits

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

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

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

Jetting away for a few days in Venice

Warm and welcoming, Venice offers a unique break.

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

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

Tinnitus Research Heralds Hope for Sufferers

Medicine used to make us wee, make help with Tinnitus

Accessible Health Services in Wales

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

BSL Tour of Folkestone Triennial

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

Hints and Tips for Autumn Photography

With more people than ever before carrying a camera around with them, Natasha gives some useful hints and tips for Autumn photography

LATCH Breastfeeding Event Welcomes Deaf Parents

Local breastfeeding group arrange deaf friendly information event

Let’s get academic: Preparing for University

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

Bringing Parity to the Theatre Experience for Deaf Audiences

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

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

UN Convention Education

The decisions on deaf education by this head teacher, other educationalists, policy makers and the political elite is life-limiting on these deaf youngsters.

Audiology services failing deaf children in England

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

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

Understanding Search Engine Results Can Save You Money

Internet Shopping habits could be costing you money. Research shows us how to make us savings

Trafford General Hospital Audiologist Wins National Award

NHS Audiologist picks up the prestigious prize of Audiologist of the Year

Automatic speech-to-text for groups finally a reality?

A brand new mobile app is being worked on that the creators hope will hugely improve communication options for the one-in-six Deaf and Hard of Hearing people around the world.

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

Focus on Typos Likely to Discriminate Against Deaf Job Applicants

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

Smiles all round at Deaf Golf Taster Session

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

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

RSC Stage First Performance With BSL

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

Deaf Children to Benefit from Increased Investment

Improved SEND school inspection process should drive up standards and hold local authorities to account

Art Festivals Promotes Creative Opportunities for Deaf Children

Deaf Children Treated to Inspirational Art Event

Tom Smith joins Velosure Starley Primal Pro Cycling team for 2015

Making his return to British Competition Deaflymics star joins ambitious racing team

Young Deaf BSL Teacher Zayne Thomson Brings Energy To The Classroom

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

The Power and Wonderment of Photography

Through the eye of a camera lens, wonderful places like Paris just come alive

Wales Deaf Rugby Stars Serve Up Another Winning Performance

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

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

To Be, Or Not To be – Deaf

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

Top Tips To Get That Garden Ready To Be Enjoyed

With Spring around the corner, SLFirst provides seasonal advice to get started early in the garden

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

Pedius - Changing the Way I Use My Mobile

SL First's review and step-by-step guide to using the Pedius app

St David's Day, Welsh Tradition and BSL

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

Adam Evans Steps Back Into The MMA Ring

Fighting again on 7th March 2015 at Epsom Racehorse, Deaf MMA combatant Adam aims to make his record 7-0-0

Total Eclipse Will Be A Wonderful Sight

Between 8.42 and 10.50 on Friday 20th March, Northern Europe will enjoy a rare solar eclipse

Deaf Student and NDCS Force Government Re-Think

Following legal challenge, plans to limit the student's disability allowance will be re-considered

18th Winter Deaflympics Get Underway Without GB Athletes

A spectacle for Deaf communities around the world, Deaflympics available on-line in the UK

miDrive app will help deaf youngsters pass their driving test

Mobile phone app puts information about the driving test at the finger tips of Deaf youngsters

IX Deaf History International in Scotland

Deaf History Scotland & British Deaf History Society are proud to host the 9th Deaf History International Conference - “Deaf Sporting Heritage”.

England and Wales Deaf Rugby teams lock horns again at Moseley Rugby Club

Competing for the Broadstreet Cup, the best Deaf players will take to the field at Moseley Rugby Club

Rome during an International weekend was just awesome

The people of Rome were warm and helpful, with everyone accommodating my deafness

Braam Jordaan, Instrumental Deaf Film Producer and Human Rights Ambassador

Born Deaf to Deaf parents, Braam is a wonderful Deaf success story

Deaf man's discrimination case against judiciary to continue to jury trial

Stevel Prakel is seeking reimbursement of interpreter costs and damages

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

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

Deaf Restauranteurs Thrive Through Approach To Communication

Launching a Deaf run pizza restaurant - Mozzeria in San Francisco - the Stein's appeal to hearing and deaf guests

Deaf Karter Caleb McDuff Starts Season With New Sponsors But Same Ambition

Securing sponsorship from Wix Racing, Trusted Car Parts and Millers Oils, Karting just got a lot more serious

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

Charlie Chaplin - Film Industry Pioneer and Deaf Influenced?

Deaf Friend and Prominent Artist Granville Redmond played a vital role in influencing Chaplin's performances

Sunderland Deaf AFC Manager Praises Players After Winning the Cup

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

Chart showing what each political party stands for

Set out in a more visual way, this chart tells you what each party is about

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

Hap & Stace Launch Sign-Song YouTube channel

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

Media Personality Gets It Oh So Wrong When Commenting on Simple Auslan Communication

Mis-reading Australian Sign Language triggers offensive and ignorant derision

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

SLFirst Announces Deaf Sporting Ambassadors

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

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

App Roundup - June 2015

SL First takes a quick look at some interesting apps you might like

NEW SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS THE DIFFERENCE ‘LIFE CHANGING’ HEARING PRACTITIONERS ARE MAKING

Had great service from your Audiologist, this is one way to say thank-you

Signing School Opened to Improve Outcomes Through Oral Approach

Parents and supporters take action to ensure their deaf children access education that has been designed with deaf children in mind

For Mainstream Deaf Cyclist Tom Smith, the Competitive Season Finally Gets Underway

Following injury, Tom Smith is back in the saddle and pursuing a professional career in mainstream competition

Bus Drivers learn sign language to help deaf customers

First Glasgow responds to Deaf customer communication needs

NHS England Strive for New Standards for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients

Compliance with the new standards will give effective access to information that has previously been denied to the deaf community

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.

Top Deaf Lady Golfer Captures Her Second Hole in One

Young, sporty and determined, Andrea Hovstein Hjellegjerde achieves the ultimate in golf - twice!

Over half of disabled jobseekers find application stage challenging

Mirroring the experience of many deaf applicants, research identifies the barriers Deaf people face in the jobs market

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

Cochlear Implants, Music and A Day Out at The Big Cwtch

After a lot of hard work and training, music is once again something to be enjoyed

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

UK Audiologist of the Year turns Rehabilitation into an Adventure not a Task

Southampton based audiologist receives heartfelt feedback from one of her patients

Shadow Sign Exhibition in Doncaster

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

Visually stimulating, the Vatican City is a must visit destination

Strolling around, going at your own pace, there is plenty of information on offer

SURVEY REVEALS ONE IN SEVEN DRIVERS HAVE ENGAGED IN SEXUAL ACTIVITY WHILST BEHIND THE WHEEL

Survey puts a whole new focus on why people might drive badly

Should we be bothered with BSL linguistics

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

Deafism - the Hidden and Never Talked About Discrimination

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

Making your money go further at Christmas time

Being able to easily compare prices will lead you to pay the lowest prices around

When in Rome...

Natasha Hirst shares some more thoughts on her time in Italy - here, telling us all about wonders of Rome.

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

Over 19 Million Homes at Risk of Fire this Christmas

With the American-like trend for Christmas lighting expanding, it's important to know how to do it safely

Will you get the full state pension? Know what's changed?

Find out now before it's too late to do something about it!

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

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

Cuts to Disabled Student's Allowance will especially disadvantage Deaf students

There are fears easier options around withdrawing university places might be taken instead

Deaf School that holds fond memories under threat of closure

Made job ready at Margate Deaf School - 94 years old Dennis Harris was taught skills that served him well through adult life

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

Deaf Nest Event - Together Towards Tomorrow

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

Deaf Education in Kenya….Not there yet!

Leading to poor socioeconomic outcomes for Deaf people, education in Kenya relies almost entirely on the oral method of teaching

Five star performance from PaddleBoat and Exeter Deaf Academy

Accessible Theatre provides lovely family entertainment