Why we shouldn’t always blame speech difficulties on deafness… 

When my then two year old deaf daughter was attending playgroups, so many people noted how fluently she signed. “It’s because she’s deaf,” they told each other, nodding heads. And when I expressed my concern that she could only vocalise one vowel sound and had zero lip pattern, they came to the same conclusion; “It’s […]

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The perks of being deaf… 

I know being deaf can sometimes (or mostly) feel like you’re a square peg in a round hole, trying to get by in a Hearing world… but I’ve come to realise and appreciate the benefits that being deaf brings. I don’t mean literal benefits like DLA or PIP – oh no – I’m referring to […]

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The hardest thing for me – as a deaf parent to a deaf child 

It was daunting last year when I navigated school for the first time with my son. Choosing the right school, applying for his place, seeing him transition from nursery child to school child… it was a huge milestone.  And now, as my daughter begins nursery this September, the education journey begins for my second child. […]

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5 things I tend to avoid… because I’m deaf

Well, dear Limping Chicken readers, I have a confession to make. Most people would say I’m a chilled out person. And I am, most of the time… But there are certain places and things that I reaaaally don’t like. So I either avoid them or I suffer through them. Intrigued? Read on – these are […]

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Valentine ponderings… 

Roses are red, violets are blue… I’ll always have a spare hearing aid battery for you. Ahhh Valentines. Love it or hate it you can’t miss it. Whilst my youthful Valentines were spent sending cards to my current school crush in the hope he would finally declare his undying love for me in return… nowadays […]

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Finding my deaf voice 

I didn’t write the above quote. I wish I did. I found it on the Internet a while back (author unknown) and it’s become a favourite of mine.  It’s important to me because I recognise that there are aspects of me that aren’t really deemed ‘normal’ by society. And I’ve become aware of the penchant […]

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The importance of deaf history 

Deaf History. Its a topic that I was never fortunate enough to study formally, yet it’s one that has always spurred my imagination. Contemplating past deaf lives makes me feel connected somehow to a heritage, to a way of being.  A deaf film festival once showed a black and white film by the BDA of […]

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The All Dance project and the influence of sign language 

I’ve been very fortunate lately working with a brilliant group of people who happen to have learning disabilities. For eight weeks we’ve been working hard to choreograph a dance piece to perform at Deda (Derby Dance Centre.) This is all part of the All Dance project which promotes Dance as an inclusive activity.  It was […]

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What you should know about my sign language interpreter 

I’ve had some veeeerrry irritating experiences regarding BSL interpreters and how people respond to me working with one. The comments, the questions, the behaviours. Honestly, I could write a book.  At times it’s been so crazily annoying that I’ve pondered sending people a report of guidelines to read before they meet me a BSL interpreter. I […]

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