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

 

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...

August 19, 2015

We know that a visit to the doctor’s surgery can be difficult and usually it’s very personal, sometimes embarrassing.  You do get used to going through an interpreter to make appointments, discuss prescriptions and for the actual consultations – after all, they do have their own code of conduct etc – but believe me, there are times when I really don’t want another person involved!

 

For some things, I just want to talk to the doctor directly.  Not unreasonabl...

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,...

July 8, 2015

Not many more sleeps or get-ups until the last day of term and the start of the long summer holidays (Hooray!).  You may have forgotten, or perhaps you never knew in the first place, that the whole system for SEN changed at the start of this school year, way back in September 2014.

 

Statements are being phased out and are being replaced by Education Health and Care Plans – have you ever heard of them?

 

Not all local authorities and schools have the same timet...

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