Category Archives: Deaf awareness

Communication support: Remote Captions using Respeaking vs Speech to Text Reporting

Communication –  spoken words, intonation, written language, sometimes a visual expression or a sign. Communication is knowing what people are saying, feeling, and a way of expressing a want a need, a thought or an order- being part of a … Continue reading

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Pains, Perils, Deadlines, Policies, Frustrations, Telephones, Devils and Angels in the NHS by a totally deaf lipreader…..

Hello Blog. Long time no see. Apologies for leaving you in the dark, time to wake up and publish some news from me to you …. I am currently glued to a bed in my living room. I broke my … Continue reading

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Wake up BT you can’t support Deaf people – or can you? prove it!

here is a simple selection of chat messages I have had with BT since a friend’s new broadband connection failed. It is impossible for them to understand we cannot communicate with them other than SMS or through a friend when … Continue reading

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Having a CI? Won’t work for you – have a read of this…

So you have or are thinking about a cochlear Implant.? Save a thought for those who cannot have one because they have NF2. There is hope, though, and this blog is to let you know about other methods of giving … Continue reading

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Our Queer Language (and some homophenes for you!)

When deaf people read words, they usually use phonetics to match the word to their voices. Sometimes it doesn’t “sound right” to hearing people. It’s not our fault – blame the English Language! I came across this poem many years … Continue reading

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Hardest Hit speech given in Manchester on 22nd Oct 2011

The Hardest Hit campaign is a petition and protest to the Government to protect the benefits of disabled people across the UK. The campaign has the following key messages: Disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families are being … Continue reading

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Why do deaf people “sound funny”?

Way back in the 1990’s – when I got my Cochlear implant, I started writing a diary.  I had been totally deaf from the age of 5 through meningitis. This became a blueprint for a book I was going to … Continue reading

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Lament of a new resident in an old people’s house

Before you read this – remember the vast majority of people in old people’s homes are likely to be deaf, or deafblind…..  Make sure you know how to communicate effectively if you are working in a care setting.  Disabled people … Continue reading

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Guest Blog Plus Net and TextRelay call charges

I had to find a qualified interpreter today so I could contact my telephone and internet service provider to ask them why my phone bill has gone up from £20 per month on average to £64 last month and £73 … Continue reading

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Music is great if you’re deaf… really?

I’ve been watching how the music industry don’t seem to think deaf people listen to their wares… and that we are only really interested, maybe, in how loud it is, or how much “beat” it has got.  How wrong they … Continue reading

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