October 28, 2015

 

This is the first of a 2-part story based on an interview with Sally who is profoundly deaf; how she found out about sex as a naive schoolgirl and, in part two, what impact that had on her own parenting.

 

Sally was born into a hearing family with ’very narrow’ views.  They didn’t talk much and certainly not about sex or relationships.  Sex education at school consisted of a film with no subtitles, and nothing at all about the physical changes to expect.  Th...

August 23, 2015

The majority of the deaf children trained by Deafax in a Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) lesson do not recognise the word ‘contraception’ or indeed understand what it means.  Even when we subsequently taught them the word, writing it down and demonstrating the sign along with a definition, they were still unable to recall it correctly, instead using the words ‘concept’, ‘conception’ and ‘construction’ in its place.  Yet, there is far less confusion ab...

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