The stigma around cochlear implants

30-09-2021

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Click for BSL Last week, I shared my story about my cochlear implant, and how my hearing loss journey led me there. You can read/watch that story here. I was taken aback by the response, with so many deaf friends and colleagues reaching out to share their story too. But that wasn’t the response I got back in 2012, and there’s ...

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My deafening silence

21-09-2021

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Click for BSL - part 1 Recently, there had been much discussion within the deaf community around the film, ‘Sound of Metal’. For anyone unfamiliar, Sound of Metal follows the story of a heavy metal drummer, played by Riz Ahmed, as he comes to terms with his hearing loss. With so much discussion and hype surrounding this topic, I have been reflecting ...

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BSL tutors – To be deaf, or not to be deaf

05-07-2021

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Click for BSL Video The age-old debate about who should teach British Sign Language (BSL) has reared its head again on social media, and remains as divisive as ever. With the increasingly widespread of social media video platforms such as Instagram and Tik Tok, there has been criticism over hearing BSL students teaching people as they learn, and rightly so. ...

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Mental health tips

13-05-2021

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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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My Kiltwalk experience as a deaf walker

06-05-2021

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Click for BSL Video I took part in The Kiltwalk in April 2021 to raise money for Deaf Action. As a deaf person, I know how organisations like Deaf Action play an important role in improving deaf people's lives, so to raise vital funds, I challenged myself to walk 26 miles on the Water of Leith in Edinburgh. During my ...

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Technology and “Deaf Gain”

28-06-2020

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Click for BSL video As anyone who has worked with me will attest, I always like to push the envelope when it comes to technology. I like to experiment and see how far it can take me. As a CEO, it seems only natural that I will look for solutions to everyday tasks. Who wants to manually log timesheets when ...

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An Introduction

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Click for BSL video Philip Gerrard, CEO of Deaf Action My background As this blog will be a dedicated space for me to post my opinions and experiences both professionally and personally, I thought I would start by introducing myself so you can get an understanding of who I am and where I am coming from. Firstly, I should start ...

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