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Why we shouldn’t always blame speech difficulties on deafness… 

When my then two year old deaf daughter was attending playgroups, so many people noted how fluently she signed. “It’s because she’s deaf,” they told each other, nodding heads. And when I expressed my concern that she could only vocalise one vowel sound and had zero lip pattern, they came to the same conclusion; “It’s… Continue reading Why we shouldn’t always blame speech difficulties on deafness… 

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Meet Jessica Kellgren-Fozard, a deaf YouTube presenter

I’m not sure when exactly Jessica Kellgren-Fozard first popped up on my Twitter newsfeed, but it’s been a real delight getting to know her online work. Jessica is a YouTube presenter, who chats mostly about disability, deafness, the LGBTQ communities and vintage fashion - amongst other things.  In her own words she is a jolly… Continue reading Meet Jessica Kellgren-Fozard, a deaf YouTube presenter

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Meet Chris & Queesra King, fashion designers with their own boutique! 

Hi Chris! I’m excited to find out about your boutique, could you firstly tell us a little about yourself, your background and how you got into the fashion industry?  I first became interested in fashion after leaving school. I enrolled on a GNVQ course in fine art before then applying to the London College of… Continue reading Meet Chris & Queesra King, fashion designers with their own boutique! 

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24 hours without hearing aids… my discoveries! 

Back when I was at Mary Hare sixth form, my dorm mate Fi would instantly reach for her hearing aid upon waking.  “Do you really need that in so early?” I’d ask.  “I can’t live without it!” She exclaimed!  Seriously? She can’t live without her hearing aid? I wondered.  Fast forward all these years and… Continue reading 24 hours without hearing aids… my discoveries! 

Deafness, Performing Arts

An interview with Scuffed Shoes theatre company – why integrated theatre shouldn’t be pigeon-holed

When I first started working in drama 15 or so years ago, inclusive theatre was more or less left to specialised theatre groups.  Now, however, I’m finding more and more mainstream companies that want to be inclusive and are taking active steps to being so. And it’s not just about booking interpreters for shows and… Continue reading An interview with Scuffed Shoes theatre company – why integrated theatre shouldn’t be pigeon-holed

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How a mainstream writer and actress came to produce BSL accessible podcasts. Interview with Fran Millican-Slater 

Over the past 6 months Francesca Millican-Slater and the wider Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night team have redeveloped this 2016 Birmingham Repertory Theatre Commissioned show.  After a run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, national touring, and a regional community tour with their partners Birmingham Repertory Theatre and their Sir Barry Jackson Trust… Continue reading How a mainstream writer and actress came to produce BSL accessible podcasts. Interview with Fran Millican-Slater 

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The hardest thing for me – as a deaf parent to a deaf child 

It was daunting last year when I navigated school for the first time with my son. Choosing the right school, applying for his place, seeing him transition from nursery child to school child... it was a huge milestone.  And now, as my daughter begins nursery this September, the education journey begins for my second child.… Continue reading The hardest thing for me – as a deaf parent to a deaf child 

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Why deafness isn’t a barrier to enjoying music… and how to encourage accessible sessions for deaf people 

As I've discovered on my own journey, being deaf doesn't mean you can’t have a relationship with music. I actually believe a persons affinity with music does not depend on their ability to hear sound. Music in its simplest form is vibration. Vibrations are heard but they can also be felt, and they can also… Continue reading Why deafness isn’t a barrier to enjoying music… and how to encourage accessible sessions for deaf people