January 29, 2016

 

Four key Commons committees are asking the education secretary to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) which covers sex education compulsory in schools.

 

As a committed member of the Sex Education Forum, Deafax has worked with them in campaigning for statutory status for SRE and investment in training. Currently PSHE education is not part of the statutory national curriculum, which means there is no national programme of study for the subject....

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...

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 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...

December 8, 2015

It’s been a really exciting time since our new app ‘Signly’ was launched on Monday.  Calls and messages from broadcast and print media wanting to do pieces, bloggers keen to share their opinions, and friends in the deaf community saying how delighted they are that the app is now out there!

 

Signly is a free app (Apple and Android).  It sits on your own smartphone or tablet.  The first place it's up and running is the excellent and pioneering Roald Dahl museu...

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 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...

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 12, 2015

I work in a team with deaf and hearing colleagues.  We learn a lot from each other, and from the people who get involved in the workshops we run – be that deaf young people, medical or educational professionals, parents . . . all sorts.

 

One of the things we often talk about is how to communicate sensitive or potentially embarrassing topics or words using sign language.  And this is where we need your opinions and examples.

 

In this blog series, we’ll have co...

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