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...

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...

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...

May 2, 2016

 

 

You may have missed it, but the Department for Education (DfE) issued a press release recently welcoming the fact that qualifications in 12 community languages, ranging from Arabic and Bengali to Polish and Urdu, have been saved (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/community-languages-saved-to-ensure-diverse-curriculum-continues). It means that young people will still be able to take GCSEs and A levels in these languages, recognising how important these sk...

February 1, 2016

 

Why did you become an interpreter?

 

“I felt it was the right time for me to make a career change – I was an engineer and was getting fed up with working outside in the cold and wet!”

 

What did you have to do to become an interpreter?

 

“Well I had to become qualified and it was quite a lengthy process.   I studied my Level 1 and Level 2 at evening school, followed by a pre Level 3 course which gave you all the tools to be able to go out into the world and coll...

January 27, 2016

We have just completed our ‘What's Happening to Me?  Project, which was delivered entirely in Scotland. It was supported with grants from The Robertson Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation and Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust.  

 

Our lead Trainer, Rubbena, took on four separate ‘roadshows’ throughout Scotland delivering face-to-face workshops to 71 young deaf people/adults (including parents) as well as attending the British Association for Teachers of the Deaf Con...

December 29, 2015

 

There’s a quiet revolutions going on under our noses in health centres, hospitals and clinics all over the country.  It goes by the exciting title of the “Accessible Information Standard” and, in essence, it promises that anyone who has a particular communication need will be able to get health information and advice in the best format for them, by the end of July 2016.

 

That’s right - if you need letters in braille or large print, that’s how you will get t...

December 10, 2015

Revolutionary new app unlocks cultural venues for deaf people

A unique app is unlocking cultural venues for deaf people – starting with the world of master storyteller Roald Dahl.

Sign language is the preferred language for many deaf people, and the Signly app, now in use at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, delivers smart signed content directly to the user’s device. The visitor simply opens the app and points it at a Signly logo to play the relevant v...

December 8, 2015

It’s been a really exciting time since our new app ‘Signly’ was launched on Monday.  Calls and messages from broadcast and print media wanting to do pieces, bloggers keen to share their opinions, and friends in the deaf community saying how delighted they are that the app is now out there!

 

Signly is a free app (Apple and Android).  It sits on your own smartphone or tablet.  The first place it's up and running is the excellent and pioneering Roald Dahl museu...

August 15, 2015

“An Irish friend of mine told me that, when the very first tampon advert was shown on Irish television, his mother, avoiding the eyes of her family, stood up and left the room muttering ‘Ah, there’s no secrets any more.’  From Frank Skinner “Dispatches From the Sofa”

 

If you look up the word ‘period’ in the BDA’s Dictionary of British Sign Language you’ll be directed to a sign using a flat hand tapping the mouth and chin twice (ref 1265).  It’s interesting,...

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