June 14, 2016

As with people from all walks of life, deaf society enjoys many different social and cultural structures. It is only relatively recently that these unique approaches and conventions have begun to be explored and understood. As we strive to learn from and accommodate the deaf community, these all-important memes have become part of the way we communicate with and recognise the choices of deaf people and those with hearing loss.

One area that we still have a l...

March 30, 2016

 Our volunteer Will accompanied Rubbena, our lead trainer, to teach Deaf children Emotional Wellbeing and Visual Music; here is a bit about his experience:

 

"I’m a musician and volunteer at Deafax. Last week I went with our lead trainer, Rubbena, to help teach Deaf children, aged 9 upwards, about rhythm in music and how to write their own rhythm compositions. I’m hearing and don’t sign (although I am about to learn), and I found interacting with these childr...

March 2, 2016

Date

Saturday 12th March

 

Time
Signed talks at 11.00am, 12.00pm and 1.00pm

Signed storytelling at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm

 

Event

Come along and enjoy a fun family event at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. 

 

Swishwiffling signed stories for all ages, deaf and hearing visitors: BSL signed talks about Roald Dahl’s life and stories, and signed storytelling from Revolting Rhymes through the day. http://bit.ly/1T6xjPx

 

The mu...

February 5, 2016

 The call from the BBC came in the middle of Saturday afternoon.  They had seen the footage about Signly by their colleagues at BBC South a few days earlier, and now wanted someone to be interviewed, the following day, live on the sofa, for BBC Breakfast and maybe BBC News.

 

It was then a mad panic to see who from the Signly partners was available to drop everythi

 

ng and head up to Salford – L.S.Lowry country – in time for the first interview at 07:20, ideal...

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...

January 4, 2016

 

It is all over the news and being mentioned by politicians, CEOP and other safe-guarding agencies but what is the prevention agenda and how can we meet it?

 

One of the key points is that terrorist groups tend to target people who are on the edge, marginalised and vulnerable providing them with the opportunity to become included and powerful. We know that exploring ideas, developing a sense of identity and forming opinions are a normal part of growing up, ye...

December 30, 2015

 

This is the second and final part of Sally’s story (read part one here). 

 

Profoundly deaf and seriously naive, Sally fell pregnant at 17 hardly knowing what was happening to her.  Now, 20 years later, she reflects on how this experience affected her parenting, and passes on a few words of wisdom!

 

Sally was determined that a lack of information and, even more importantly, the inability to discuss things at home in an open manner was not going to take her ch...

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...

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...

October 26, 2015

 

Rubbena, our lead Trainer attended the Sexpressions National Conference at Newcastle University Medical School. Here she had the opportunity to meet and learn with other people who are passionate about sex and relationship education. It is also an opportunity to hear from influential speakers within the sexual health community.

 

Sexpression:UK is a medical student organisation that empowers young people to make decisions about sex and relationships by runni...

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