August 31, 2016

Today we interview one of our team members Tracey, who is a native user of BSL.

1. Can you tell us a little about what life is like in a Deaf family?

I grew up in a very small family and we are very close. Growing up in a deaf family is normal to me, I don’t feel any different just because my parents are deaf. We all communicate using sign language and my sister and I haven't faced any barriers within the family . We always enjoy being with our parents and th...

August 10, 2016

Will Sidebottom has been volunteering with us for just over a year now and in an interview he tells us about his experience.

You volunteer so clearly think it is worthwhile, why?

I volunteer for Deafax for a few reasons, one being that I get to spend my Wednesday’s in the company of really lovely people; two, that I know that the work I put in is helping to enrich Deaf people’s lives even more, especially so for those who are often missing out - for example,...

August 3, 2016

The roadshow in Scotland is happening again thanks to fresh funding from The Agnes Hunter Trust. This year we will be extending our Life Control project across the border and Rubbena and her team are providing deaf people in Scotland with a wide range of training, including Sexual Health, our new Prevent 2 Be Safe anti-terrorism training and the promotion of our Signly app.

One in six of the British population has some form of deafness. In Scotland this equa...

July 21, 2016

Did you know that the deafness rate among children born with HIV is much higher than those without?

A 2012 study in America found that children who had contracted HIV before birth were three or four times more likely than their peers to suffer hearing loss before the age of 16.

The world’s highest rate of HIV occurs in Swaziland. There are 19,300 deaf children in this tiny African country – compared to 45,000 deaf children in the UK, which has a population m...

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

This month we had an interview with Chloe, aged 14, who came into our office to do some work experience for a day. 

 

Why did you choose Deafax for your work experience?

 

"I chose Deafax over other places as I thought it would be more interesting and different to the other jobs available."

 

Had you had any experience of Deafness before coming here?

 

"No, none at all."

 

What is the biggest thing you’ve learnt about Deafness?

 

"I have been working on Excel today and...

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