Friday, 30 March 2012

Fatima's story: 'About Me'

My name is Fatima and I am 13 years old.  I was born in England and I was born deaf. 
When I was about 7 months old my mum didn’t know I was deaf.  My mum tried to talk to me without looking but I didn’t turn around to face my mum because I can’t hear anything.  After that my mum took me to doctor.  The doctor said I have to go to Cambridge hospital.
Then we went to Cambridge to see the doctor and nurses.  The doctor said before he met a new girl named Tara and she was 5 years old.  Tara was born deaf as well. My mum was so shocked because she didn’t know that Tara was deaf.  She was so pleased and Tara’s mum went to my house because my mum wanted to learn about implants. Then my mum and dad decide want me to have an operation.  After that I was about 6 years old I can hear really well without looking. 
My parent took me to nursery.  I have met few hearing people.  There were lots of toys to help me hear.  I was happy with new teaching assistant. 
When I was about 6 years old I started in primary school.  I went to Middleton primary school.  I have met 15 deaf students.  I was so pleased to meet them but when I was young I haven’t met deaf people.  My mum decides that she was happy that I can go to this school.
Then when I was in year 5 I had some hearing friends and I could help them learn how to sign using BSL.  Then a year later my friends left school but I had to start year 6 again because I needed to do more work and understand more.
When I was 12 year old I started secondary school called Jack Hunt School. I have met about 17 deaf students who use BSL (Britain sign language).  I think the lessons are boring  but I have to practise lots because in future when I am year 9,10,11,12,13 there will be exam without help, that’s why I am practising now.  When the lessons finished I always talk too much.
I have been practising for my BSL 101 exam. I was so worried about test. Finally I passed YEAH!
Also I am good at Art homework and I have a level 5c. I will do this in GCSE.

Examples of art work to follow shortly


Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Science Musuem Deaf-led Events

For anyone not yet aware, on the first Saturday of every month, the Science Musuem have deaf-led events with voice-over interpreters, suitable for deaf and hearing family audiences.

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles with BSL takes place Saturday 7th April. Further details here

Space in your face (with BSL) takes place on Friday 13th April. Further details here

Monday, 26 March 2012

Actors required - pilot film: Ben Steiner awards/Deaffest 2012

Today released the following job post:
"A small group of actors/ actresses both hearing & deaf required for a pilot film for Ben Steiner awards/Deaffest 2012 
Future auditions will take place weekend of 30th April with view to filming straight away the following week. 
Hearing or deaf with speech age 6/8yrs old girl, brown long hair 
male & female hearing couple mid 30's 
hearing or deaf with clear speech male 30/40's  
deaf lady 40's 
deaf mixed ages...extras... 
Most main parts have now been filled but if you feel you have something to give, touch base... 
please email your cv, a recent photo, consent form if under 18"

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Poetic Musings of our Deaf Romeo: 2

Following the positive feedback from his first submission to PDDCS Imran has created and shared his second poetic creation.
Haunted House

As a decorated black gate open like an hog warts School
sound of Victoria time record start of the tune
Who at the back might be ghoul
I looked up and saw a bat front of the moon
I being fool the gargoyle turn look at me
I ran out the Haunted House felt Terrifying and scream.............

I have been informed you have made good use of 'A,B, A, B, Blank verse and internal rhyme'. Thank you and Well done Imran

Thursday, 22 March 2012

NSPCC/Childline BSL casting call

Recently some of our deaf members took part in a research survey for Childline. Childline are committed to Deaf children and young people having equal access to their provision.

NSPCC + Childline are working with 3angrymen Productions to shot a video to promote online safety amongst a young Deaf audience.

On the 4th April 2012 they wish to cast this film using three young Deaf people, aged 16-20 years old [playing age 14-18 years old] who are confident BSL users.

The job advert from states:

"Actors used in the filming of this video will be paid.
Casting Date: Friday 30th March 2012
Available Times: 2pm – 8pm
Location: Conference Room, 1st Floor, 8 Orsman Road
London N1 5QJ*

We will have a BSL interpreter available on site for attendees. If you are under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult to the casting.

If you would like to be considered for a part in this film please  email with the subject line “NSPCC/BSL Casting Appointment” and please include some background information on yourself, details of your BSL ability and at least one recent headshot (a photo clearly showing your face and hair).

Please note that you must be available to attend the shoot day on 4th April 2012 if you would like to be considered for this part.

*Nearest public transport – Haggerston overground station (5 minutes walk) and Old Street underground (20 minutes walk)."
Another interesting acting opportunity for any young deaf person.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Watch Rita Simons: My Daughter, Deafness and Me

Eastenders star Rita Simons and her family were the subject of a BBC1 documentary this week that followed the family through the decision making processes around education and cochlear implantation.

Featuring an insight into many apsects of cochlear implantation, including viewpoints from medical professionals, family and the deaf community, Rita and her husband balance their daughters immediate needs with likely further hearing loss in future and the medical and social implications. The father also gets a simulation of what cochlear implants may sound like. 

Rita also pays a visit to the Mary Hare school to learn more about how specialised education for some deaf children, away from mainstream schools, may be able to provide better outcomes and finds seeing the deaf children's achievements an emotional experience. 

Well worth a watch.. 

Monday, 19 March 2012

The History of Deaf Education - BSLBT

This week and next week 'The Hub' present a two part programme on the 'The History of Deaf Education'.
"A journey through Deaf experience of education through history from early sign-language schools in Britain and abroad to the dramatic oralism of the Milan conference of 1880. "
The programme is available on the various TV channels listed as well through the BSLBT website
March 19th and repeated on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Part 2:
March 26th and repeated on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Action on Hearing Loss Launch New Deaf Forum

Two people having a conversation. 

Leading national deaf charity, Action on Hearing Loss, have launched a new forum this week for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. 

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) already have two forums where people discuss Tinnitus or products and equipment but this new forum has been set-up for general discussion topics relating to deafness or hearing loss. Sub-forum categories will be introduced in the coming weeks. 

The forum is moderated by the charity's Information Line who are there to help answer any questions relating to deafness, for example about rights, equipment or benefits, or take feedback from forum users. 

Have a look at the new forum here post a question of your own or join in the debate. 

Irish Sign Language Clip

Many people enjoy exploring the linguistics of different sign systems used by deaf people across the world. As today is St Patrick's day below is a video from the Irish Deaf Society demonstrating the signs for Animals in ISL.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

BDA BSL debates - Derby

Next week, Friday 23rd March, the British Deaf Association series of BSL debates will at Derby Deaf Club. The debates are part of this year's BSL day celebrations.
The debate topic will be "BSL Act -Achieveable or Not?"

Door opens 6.30pm, debate begins 7.00pm
Door entry will be £2 per person and BSL interpreters will be provided.
Further information is available from Robin Ash Community Development Team Manager

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Check out Limping Chicken

Charlie Swinbourne one the UK's most prominent deaf writers has launched a new blog called 'the Limping Chicken' - it's an essential daily read for those interested in the deaf world with a mixture of writers, views and news. Ian Noon of NDCS is a regular so far..

Those of you who saw the recent BBC3 documentary will appreciate why limping chickens are enshrined into deaf folklore..

Stick in in your favourites..

Family Fun Easter Activities

Jack Hunt School has confirmed sign communication support can be made available should a deaf young person in Peterborough wish to attend any of the wide array of Easter holiday activities. There are family based activities available.
Communication support must be made in advance.
All activities must be booked in advance to secure a place.

Contact link: Maureen Stringer for any enrolment forms


Monday, 12 March 2012

The poetic musing of our deaf Romeo

Imran Mahmood is a very friendly young teenager with the typical language delays associated with bilateral severe to profound hearing loss. Imran often underestimates his own ability with regards to his understanding of the English language. Last weekend, after completing his homework, Imran was inspired to write the poem below.  I feel this writing encapsulates a beauty that generates a huge heart warming smile. Well done Imran!!!


Chug Chug Choo Choo,
As a train arrive on a platform 19
As sitting on the bench mysterious girl appear by my side
Her hair is like a wind was upon me
Smell of dove, her cheek was like a strawberry clear

Her pretty looks surround you like flower bloom
Her voice was all passible lyrical way to come and approach you
Her eye was full of ocean a sun set arrive,
can be brown beauty just like mine

Her face is mirror shine like looking glass
Her smell was of Elizabeth Taylor perfume last

I ask mysterious girl ‘are you thirsty?’
She said ‘’yeah’’
I ask her ‘’what your name?’’
I go fetch some tea for her but the mysterious girl disappear.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Signstation relaunched

This month Signstation, a service from University of Bristol Centre for Deaf Studies, has relaunched their website. The website is designed for anyone wishing to know more about Deaf people and British Sign Language. The updated site is faster and much more accessible.  Definitely worth a look

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Hearing Dogs can help deaf children feel safer

BBC News this week covered how hearing dogs can help deaf children feel safer and more connected. Hearing dogs are common for deaf adults but a recent trial has seen them become part of the family for deaf children too.

See the video and article here:

Bad (and humourous) Subtitling Mistakes in the Headlines

The NDCS mothership made the news this week after their campaign about poor live subtitling hit the headlines with the Daily Mail.

The ITV show 'Dancing on Ice' was singled out for particular criticism following a string of horrendous mistakes which would have left subtitle reading viewers completely baffled and wondering, if the image above is anything to go by, if Dancing on Ice was about to melt.

Check out the article here: 

Can you help Action on Hearing Loss' Web Shop?

Leading National Charity, Action on Hearing Loss are looking for help from people living in the Peterborough area to help improve the shop area of their website.

Here is a message from Action on Hearing Loss' Website Manager, Jo Kerr:
Can you help us and participate in some important website research. This research will ensure that our site is designed with real users in mind. Your input would be incredibly valuable.

In March we will hold research workshops across the UK. We would like you to take part in an interactive, but very basic group task. The process involves sorting a series of cards, each labelled with the name of a product, into groups. This will help us decide what categories we want to have in our shop.

These sessions will last two hours. Could you attend the workshop taking place at Action on Hearing Loss’ Peterborough office?

1 Haddonbrook Business Centre
Orton Southgate
Peterborough, PE2 6YX

The session will run on Friday 30th March 2012 between 11AM-1PM. Refreshments will be provided.
If you can make it please email me on , or call on 0207 296 8209.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you will be able to participate. It would be great if you could confirm your attendance before Wednesday 21st March 2012.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Listening Bus Dates.

The Listening Bus
The NDCS Listening bus is a fantastic resource that travels the country showing off the latest equipment available to deaf children and their families around the country. Follow this link to see when its coming to a town near you! Make it along if you can - always worth it!

Deaf Footballer Sent Off For Wearing Hearing Aids

Normally footballers are sent to the stands because an overpaid fellow professional is rolling around the floor looking like they've been attacked by a dangerous dog following a contact so slight it could almost be described as romantic.

But its a different story if you play for pub team in Rotherham and get a referee seemingly hell-bent on taking health and safety madness to new levels: 'Never mind the studs in your boots, Son ... I'm worried about your killer hearing aids'.

The Mirror has the full story here about how hearing aid wearer Craig Beech was told to get off the pitch by the referee for wearing hearing aids during a match. Refusing to bend to appeals from Craig's team mates and the opposition, the match was bought to a premature end by the daft ref when Craig's team, The Mason Arms, walked off in protest.

It's a wonder that the referee hasn't sent a player off yet for having teeth. See the FA rules about hearing aids and cochlear implants here. Basically, its fine to wear them and all this need not have happened..

Picture: The Mirror
HT: Filippo Adamo Pasqualino

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Can you help the Stokes Family Return Home?

We have been following the plight of local family of a deaf child and their struggle to get life back together following a devastating house fire.

The family are still separated as the mother, Louisa, does all she can to get the house back into a habitable condition but the bill is likely to run into thousands, if not tens of thousands, of pounds. Everything from double glazing to the kids clothes has to be replaced. Every wall in the house cleaned, treated and repainted if not replastered. Its a mammoth job that will take years to complete without help. Years before normality can return to this family and daughter.

Any donation you can make towards the effort, via the PDDCS appeal, will make a difference. Every little helps.

You can make a quick and easy donation here: Thanks for you support.

Exciting opportunity: Deaf presenter training

Would you like to be a deaf presenter?
Would you like to share your experiences as a deaf adult?
This week the NDCS have announced the following Deaf Presenter training opportunity :
"We know from feedback given by parents that meeting deaf adults not only inspires them but also reinforces that having a child who is deaf doesn’t mean that they can’t achieve. This event is specifically aimed at deaf volunteers over 18 yrs interested in sharing their experiences with families at our family weekend events. Come along and have some fun!"

The training will be taking place on the weekend of 16th – 18th March in Manchester.  The venue is: Mercure Manchester PiccadillyHotel, Piccadilly Plaza, Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4PH

The timings for the weekend are: 
      Registration from 6pm onwards on Friday 16th March (dinner provided)
·         Closing session at 2pm on Sunday 18th March (lunch will be provided as the last meal) 

The content for the weekend will include the following areas:
·         Introduction to the NDCS family weekend programme.
·         Volunteer roles at the family weekends
·         Communicating effectively – Transactional analysis
·         Child protection
·         Managing group dynamics – introduction to WILMA and FRED
·         Presentations and facilitation – activities (including forum theatre and role plays)
·         Other exciting volunteering opportunities within the families programme at NDCS will be shared.

Travel will be reimbursed and refreshments throughout the weekend will be provided.  

Spaces are available for this training weekend so please complete the attached registration and send back to me either to this email address by 6th March 2012. Upon receiving your registration form, you will be sent further information about the training weekend.

Please contact Valerie for more information: