Deaf Culture

The Lack Of Sign Language In Schools Is An Injustice For Young People, Deaf And Hearing

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

The lack of opportunities to learn BSL is not just a deaf issue; in fact, the survey found young people without hearing impairments were actually more interested in BSL. Over 90% of young people saying they want the chance to learn this language is a demand that the Department for Education must respond to.

Tackling The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

I believe characters in stories should be as diverse as the people who read them, but only a very small handful of children's books feature a deaf character. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Most are born to hearing parents and go to mainstream schools where they may be the only deaf child, so they can feel quite isolated.

The Uncomfortable Truth about Disability

Ruth Gould | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Gould

Disability is a word that provokes a range of emotions from across society. At its worst, it immediately stigmatizes and excludes many through pure ig...

The Government Is Capping Deaf Young People's Ambitions And Aspirations

Susan Daniels | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Susan Daniels

What of those deaf young people who need ongoing regular support in order to thrive and prosper at work? The cap has sent them a very clear signal - to cap their aspirations and settle for something beneath their hopes and expectations.

Grief for a Living Child: A Taboo That Needs to Be Broken

Melissa Mostyn | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Melissa Mostyn

It was the force of that grief, rather than the shock of Isobel's diagnosis, that I fought desperately to eject from myself. It took great strength to not let it blind me to the very beautiful little girl who had arrived with the potential to light up my life.

Don't Believe the Deaf Community Exists? Watch Grayson Perry Discover the Deaf World on C4 Tonight

Charlie Swinbourne | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Charlie Swinbourne

Ever since I was a child, I've met people who seem incredulous at the idea that there might be a Deaf community.

Britain's Medal-Winning Deaflympics Heroes Deserve Recognition, Not Silence

Charlie Swinbourne | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Sport
Charlie Swinbourne

Why haven't we heard these stories? There's no doubt that Britain's deaf athletes suffer not only from the chronic lack of funding but also from the lower profile of the Deaflympics. I argued after last summer's games that the Paralympics were a missed opportunity for deaf athletes, but we've just seen another missed opportunity in the lack of coverage in mainstream media for these Deaflympics.