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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

Hard of Hearing - Isolating and Lonely

Age related deafness can leave people confused, isolated and lonely

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

Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Tragic Loss of 2380 Lives Following Work Capability Assessments

A causal link has yet to be made, but the public will draw their own conclusions despite Ministerial warnings

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.

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

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.

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.

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

When it's Good to Fight

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

Lights Out for Dog Walkers

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

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!

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?

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

Windows 10 Launches - Can you get it Free?

Windows 10 has launched around the globe - it's also available completely free for limited time!

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

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

Tailored Holidays for Deaf Visitors at Seable

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

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

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

Help me Please, I'm Going Deaf

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

Rayovac announces launch of next generation Proline Packaging

Improved packaging should be better for their Hard of Hearing customers

Accessible Church Services

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

Viki & Actress Marlee Matlin launch 'Billion Words March'

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

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

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

Cardiff Deaf Sports & Social Club

Cardiff Deaf Centre has had its threats in recent years, but thankfully it has survived and now shows signs of flourishing.

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

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

DEAFvibe awarded Queen's Award

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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WWII Veteran Les Birch attends DDay70

Returning to the Normandy beaches 70 years after his D-Day landing, Les enjoyed an intimate return.

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

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

Bringing Parity to the Theatre Experience for Deaf Audiences

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

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

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

Trafford General Hospital Audiologist Wins National Award

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

‘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

Golf Well Placed To Tackle The Issue Of Loneliness

Loneliness affects many elderly people, but golf provides the opportunity for companionship, exercise and well-being

Golf Well Placed to Tackle The Issue Of Age Related Loneliness

Loneliness affects many elderly people, but golf provides the opportunity for companionship, exercise and well-being

Rayovac Continues To Support Charity Efforts Across The World

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

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

A range of sports recognised at Deaf Sports Personality of the Year 14

Gracing the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Deaf sports stars get the recognition they deserve

Microsoft Promoting Sign Language Recognition

Microsoft opening access to their Kinect / Sign language research project

Speech to Text Widely Available

Easy to Use Speech to Text software comes as standard with the Apple Mac.

Deaf Children to Benefit from Increased Investment

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

SLFirst's 12 Deaf Reminders for Christmas

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

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

Captioned Lion King Proves to be Family Friendly

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

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

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

Education System Suppresses Deaf Achievement

Communication barriers in school deny deaf children equality of learning

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

Smartphone app enables deaf people to make phone calls

Already available on iPhones and android phones, Pedius brings parity to Deaf and Hard of Hearing telephony

To Be, Or Not To be – Deaf

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

Cardiff Hearing and Tinnitus Expo All Set For March

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

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

KDCS Deaf Expo

The expo at Maidstone Leisure Centre was opened by CBeebies’ Phil Gallagher AKA Mr Maker

Braam Jordaan, Instrumental Deaf Film Producer and Human Rights Ambassador

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

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

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

Ofcom - Some progress on Subtitles but Further Progress Needed

Report shows that subtitling by main TV channels has some way to go

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.

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

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

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

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.

Severe Litigation Might Lead to Changed Attitude in Teaching of Deaf Children

Deaf student is awarded significant costs by a school district who let him down

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

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

Deaf access at the London Science Museum

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

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

Southampton based audiologist receives heartfelt feedback from one of her patients

Leading the way on Deaf designed housing

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

Introducing a Hearing Dog to the home

Adding value to the household, hearing dogs also support independence

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

Old, Deaf and Side-lined by my Family

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

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

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

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