Deaf Action and [sonus] charities merge



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Click for BSL video We’re delighted to announce that [sonus], a charity based in Hampshire, has merged with Deaf Action. Stronger together for deaf people Providing services and support for deaf people is at the heart of both organisations. Deaf people have always been the priority at [sonus]. The charity was established in 1879 to provide deaf people with opportunities to have equal access to ...

London Marathon 2023


Fundraising events

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When: Sunday 23rd April 2023 Where: London Minimum fundraising: £2,000 Registration fee: £100 (refunded if target met)   The TCS London Marathon is one of the biggest running events of the calendar year. With the atmosphere, lined streets and famous landmarks, it’s a running challenge not to miss. Join us in raising awareness of deafness and British Sign Language. Open ...

Deaf representation in sports



The Paralympic Games may be in Tokyo, but we have our own deaf sporting stars right here at Deaf Action! From golf to athletics and football, our Deaflympians don’t shy away from a challenge. Steven | Golf Steven (pictured above, on right) is part of our specialist equipment team, but he’s also a Scottish Deaf Open Champion, and secured bronze …

Energy prices are rising – what can we do?



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Click for BSL video Ofgem have announced their pricing cap will be removed soon, which means energy bills in homes will be rising. The increase of £153 for prepayment customers and £139 from those paying by direct debit is likely to result in suppliers putting their prices up in October. What does this mean? This means energy bills in homes ...

Deaf role models – Mark McQueen



Mark McQueen is a freelance presenter and BSL tutor. Mark was accepted onto two courses at university, running parallel to each other – one where everyone used BSL, and the other where he was the only BSL user. Course differences In Mark’s first course, everyone used sign language, which allowed for easy communication without barriers to learning. This benefitted his learning, as everyone was able to support each other and contribute equally. His lecturer was fluent in BSL and could ...

Deaf role models – Charlotte Addison



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Thinking about college or university? Charlotte Addison, our BSL Officer and deaf role model, has been to both and shares some helpful tips. After leaving school, Charlotte went straight to college. This was a smooth experience as they had in-house interpreters, allowing for easy access to communication support. However this meant that Charlotte was unaware of the role SAAS and DSA can play in arranging interpreters for deaf students. Charlotte went from college into childcare work, which inspired her to apply to university.  ...

Deaf role models – Dr Robert Adam


Dr Robert Adam is an assistant professor at Heriot Watt University. He is a lecturer in Linguistics, Interpreting, BSL and Deaf Studies. His research of sign language covers complex language contact between Deaf people who use a distinct sign language.   Beginnings Raised in Melbourne, Australia, Robert moved to Scotland around 18 years ago. Having studied before the Equality Act, his experience differs to current ...

Deaf role models – Mark McMillan



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Mark McMillian is Deaf Action’s BSL Officer, working with colleges and universities across Scotland, helping them implement their BSL plans.   Mark’s journey His educational journey began at Donaldson’s School before graduating from Edinburgh Napier University. Following higher education, Mark became a residential care-worker at Donaldson’s School for eight years. Since joining Deaf Action, he has worked in various roles including Youth Participation Officer, Employability Advisor and now as a BSL Officer. Mark ...

Deaf man given DNR order without his consent



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Communication rights for deaf people Doctors at NHS Scotland gave a deaf man a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ order without his knowledge or consent. The profoundly deaf man is a resident at Deaf Action’s supported accommodation for deaf adults in Slateford Green, Edinburgh. He is in his 60s, with a good quality of life. He had no knowledge of the decision ...

Mental health tips


CEO Blog

Click for BSL Video This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. So, what helps me to keep my mind positive? Walking outside, taking in the scenery and getting some fresh air - whether it's cold or hot, it doesn't matter; the view is lovely. There may be times when I don't feel up to walking and I think to myself; ...

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