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Finding my deaf voice 

I didn’t write the above quote. I wish I did. I found it on the Internet a while back (author unknown) and it’s become a favourite of mine.  It’s important to me because I recognise that there are aspects of me that aren’t really deemed ‘normal’ by society. And I’ve become aware of the penchant… Continue reading Finding my deaf voice 

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The importance of deaf history 

Deaf History. Its a topic that I was never fortunate enough to study formally, yet it’s one that has always spurred my imagination. Contemplating past deaf lives makes me feel connected somehow to a heritage, to a way of being.  A deaf film festival once showed a black and white film by the BDA of… Continue reading The importance of deaf history 

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The All Dance project and the influence of sign language 

I’ve been very fortunate lately working with a brilliant group of people who happen to have learning disabilities. For eight weeks we’ve been working hard to choreograph a dance piece to perform at Deda (Derby Dance Centre.) This is all part of the All Dance project which promotes Dance as an inclusive activity.  It was… Continue reading The All Dance project and the influence of sign language 

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What you should know about my sign language interpreter 

I’ve had some veeeerrry irritating experiences regarding BSL interpreters and how people respond to me working with one. The comments, the questions, the behaviours. Honestly, I could write a book.  At times it’s been so crazily annoying that I’ve pondered sending people a report of guidelines to read before they meet me a BSL interpreter. I… Continue reading What you should know about my sign language interpreter 

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A deaf or hearing Christmas? Have a happy one 😊

There are pine needles all over my living room floor. And we have technicolour lights draping from our roof. Yes, it can only mean one thing - it’s Christmas. 😀 I love chatting to people and finding out what their Christmas traditions are. Deaf or hearing, most of us are traditionalists at Christmas time. We… Continue reading A deaf or hearing Christmas? Have a happy one 😊