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 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...

May 4, 2016

Tell us about yourself

 

I am 30 years old and severely dyslexic, I have not let this get in my way. In fact I love being that little bit different. I am a from a single parent Deaf family where the primary language is spoken English however there is a great pride for Deaf culture and identity and when I was growing up I was introduced to SSE as a communication method and lapped it up. I was signed to before speech. The visual nature became a much easier way...

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...

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...

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

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