September 30, 2019

Arriva Rail London (ARL) has started the roll out of deaf awareness training to hundreds of London Overground employees to improve journeys for deaf people and those with a hearing loss travelling across the capital.

ARL, which operates the London Overground on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), has developed a comprehensive training programme alongside Deafax, Signly and DCAL, University College London's Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre. T...

July 18, 2019

DEAFAX, GOALS4LIFE www.goals4life.org.uk  & AACT www.aact.org.uk have all become partners with the UNIVERSITY OF READING in a major Leverhulme Trust funded research and development project entitled:

Access and Higher Education: Inclusive Online Learning for Deaf Students

Universities traditionally place much emphasis on text based learning and assessment, access demanding high levels of literacy and the acquisition of technical and abstract vocabulary. Deaf s...

January 25, 2018

7th December 2017 Signly wins yet another award!

This time the 2017 Financial Inclusion Awards’ in recognition of our innovation within banking and financial services. 


In a sector first, Lloyds Banking Group has introduced the innovative and unique Signly technology, providing the opportunity to improve financial capability and ensure that their customers receive and understand the information they need. Using the Signly app, deaf or hearing-impaired c...

July 24, 2017

Signly Innovation at Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre wins at 2017 Jodi Awards Ceremony

Revolutionary new app unlocks cultural venues for d/Deaf people

Signly, an app created for d/Deaf British Sign Language users in collaboration with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, has won the prestigious Jodi Award 2017. Winners were chosen from a shortlist of museums, galleries, archives, libraries and heritage sites that make best use of technology to widen acc...

February 12, 2017

We recently interviewed our Chairman, Terry Waller. See his answers to our questions below:

Can you tell us a little about your background and career choices?

I was born in Portsmouth and as my father was a grocery shop manager we moved frequently, mainly along the south coast, eventually settling on Devon. I was a bit of a bookworm and loved the local library, as in those days it was an old fashion quiet place to read and study. The librarian who managed the...

January 13, 2017

At present, there is no statutory requirement for the provision of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) across primary and secondary schools in the UK. We see the impact of this each time we work with Deaf young people in schools. Many are unable to correctly name their body parts, know next to nothing about sexually transmitted infections and have zero understanding of the issues relating to ‘consent’. Access to the vocabulary of SRE all too often proves e...

December 10, 2016

Deafax’s annual Cheese, Wine and Quiz evening went off with a bang so thank you to everyone who joined in helping us to raise a whopping £3,350.73 in a single evening!


A special ‘thank you’ also goes to John Owen and Julia Knight who work for Barclays Bank and chose Deafax’s quiz night as the charity event Barclays would like to match fund.

We introduced a new activity this year to get everyone up and off their seats – paper giraffe building! After a couple...

October 10, 2016

Network Rail has launched new smartphone app Signly Network Rail, which will aid the 1 in 6 deaf people who live in the UK have access to a range of information that will help them to cross the railway with confidence. The launch forms part of a new campaign by Network Rail which aims to target those who may have a visual, hearing or mobility impairment.

Signly Network Rail is available, for free on Apple and android and works much like a QR-code where smart...

October 3, 2016

Over the past few weeks, Deafax has had the pleasure of working with fellow tenant at the Clare Charity Centre where we have our Head Office, Richard Carr of Bucks TV, down in the basement studio, on a range of projects where we’ve used interpreters, translators and native users of British Sign Language (BSL).  It’s been a real education for everyone, so we thought we’d share what we’ve learned.

First of all there’s the debate about interpreters and translat...

September 29, 2016

Our interview with Debbie Flory, the Administration & Events Coordinator for Deafax.

You have worked in both commercial and now voluntary sectors. How do they compare?

I worked in the commercial sector from leaving school (many, many years ago!) until joining Deafax in 2004.  To be honest, the skills required are the same for working in both sectors; both have to budget, develop business plans, provide reports on results, deal with the day-to-day running of a...

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