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Deafie Blogger by Deafieblogger - 3d ago

Hi!

Time just flies! Here we are, four years later! I set this blog up on 15th May 2015 after feeling frustrated about life experiences and barriers I faced due to my deafness.

Read more about how it began here

With a suggestion from my deaf boyfriend to set up a blog, ‘Day in the life of a deafie’ was born; later changed to ‘Deafie Blogger’!

I’ve worked with some incredible organisations

This has been another whirlwind year, full of highs and lows, triumphs and struggles but I wouldn’t have been inspired to get through without the support from family, friends and my lovely followers – so thank you all. I’ve grown so much as a blogger and as a person too, I’ve become more confident and inspired to stand up for what I believe in, and to be proud of my deafness.

Top 5 highlights in the last year!

Leadership Award Winner – Signature Deaf Awards

Mamma Mia Captioned Show in London – StageText

Youth Advisory Board Guest Speaker – National Deaf Children’s Society

‘Laughing to Deaf’ Comedy Night – Action on Hearing Loss

#AddSubtitles Campaign – Speechmatics/Screen Subtitling Systems

Check out the video!

5 things I hope to achieve by May 2020!

#SubtitledCinema campaign

  • I hope we will see an increase in subtitled cinema showings and for deaf people to come back to the cinema!

Increase access to healthcare

  • I hope to work with health organisations to ensure deaf people can access their GP, hospital or other organisation without the only option being to phone up to book appointments or query things

More collaborations with deaf bloggers/vloggers

  • I’ve met some incredible people this year, namely Louise Deaf Awareness, Liam O’Dell, Jazzy Whipps and many more – I hope to collaborate with more deaf content creators within the next year!

Ensure mental health services are accessible

  • Mental Health is quite topical lately. After researching, I found out that not all services who offer support are accessible, so I hope to work with them to ensure any deaf person can access the right support they may need

Create more interesting content!

  • I hope to get involved in some photo-shoots, videos and create exciting content for you all! If you know anyone who would like to collaborate, let me know!

Most importantly, what would you guys like to see from me?

Hope you’re all enjoying the lovely sunshine, ta-ra for now!

Love E x

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Hi everyone!

AND THE BIGGEST WEEK OF THE YEAR is over… sadly!

What a week it’s been though! Throughout this Deaf Awareness Week, we’ve seen many incredible photos, videos and lots of people sharing their stories.

I thought it would be a nice tribute to sum up the highlights in this blog!

Don’t be a Donut, Be Deaf Aware Campaign – Action on Hearing Loss ‘Ed’s Guide to Deaf Awareness’ – BBC No Filter

Check out this hilarious deaf awareness video from Ed – aka The Deaf Traveller

‘The Truth about Deafness’ – Jazzy Whipps
The Truth About Deafness | #AskJazzy - YouTube
Dress in Decibels

Action on Hearing Loss encouraged people to wear their loudest clothes for Deaf Awareness Week – I’m loving Louise Deaf Awareness‘ outfit!

#AddSubtitles Campaign

Deaf Girly, Paula Garfield, Daniel Jillings and I teamed up with Speechmatics and Screen Subtitling Systems to launch this subtitle campaign! Check it out

If it’s worth saying, say it with subtitles | Speechmatics | Deaf Awareness Week 2019 - YouTube
Deaf Awareness Tips from Mr Luke Christian
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#DEAFAWARENESSWEEK From today 6th May through to Saturday 12th May, I will be focusing on all things #Deaf related! Now, in fairness I do try and do as much Deaf Awareness as it is, but with a whole week dedicated to it here in the U.K. it’s extra important for me to highlight and share with you some tips when it comes to being around Deaf people and get to understand a little more about what it’s like to be deaf! I’ve been a @phonak #hEARo now for a year and I’m so pleased and thrilled to continue on this relationship with them! (I had this custom made t shirt by @electriceyeapparel and thought it came out great wouldn’t you say!?) Let me know if you have any questions regarding Deafness and I will try my best to answer them! ————- http://mrlukechristian.com • • • • • – [x] #mrlukechristian #malegrooming #lifestyle #lifestylebloggers #gaylondon #malestyle #maleblogger #fbloggers #lbloggers #beautybloggers #leedsbloggers #style #streetstyle #gayleeds #gay #leeds #bbloggers #manchester #manchesterbloggers #beauty #gayfashion #electriceyeapparel

A post shared by Mr Luke Christian (@mrlukechristian) on May 5, 2019 at 11:38pm PDT

Deaf Girly’s Viral Tweet!

Over 60,000 people are talking about Deaf Girly’s tweet – #Subtitles are for everyone!

Subtitles aren't just for deaf people. Lots of my hearing friends use them, too. If you're hearing and find yourself using subtitles on Netflix and TV and would quite like them at the cinema, please retweet to help normalise their presence! Big thanks #DeafAwarenessWeek

— Deafinitely Girly (@deafgirly) May 8, 2019

RADley Bear’s Adventures – Royal Association for Deaf people

RAD’s mascot RADley shows the common barriers that deaf people face in this video series, and how to overcome them!

All on the Board
Check out these blogs!

‘LIAM O’DELL: IT’S TIME TO TELL OUR STORIES AS ROLE MODELS THIS DEAF AWARENESS WEEK’

‘DEAFIE BLOGGER: WHY DEAF AWARENESS WEEK IS IMPORTANT’

What were your highlights of the week?

Until next year… what will it bring?

Love E x

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Hello!

Had a major fan-girl moment… I got to meet Russell Howard and John Bishop!

When Action on Hearing Loss announced the line up for their annual Comedy Night; ‘Laughing to Deaf’ with Russell Howard and John Bishop, among other names, I was quick at purchasing tickets!

As a profoundly deaf person, live comedy is something I never thought I’d be able to enjoy as I either need to lipread or have subtitles to understand what’s being said, so I usually watch them on TV with subtitles. When I saw that the evening was accessible including live subtitles and BSL interpreters, it was an offer too good to miss!

On Monday night, the start of Deaf Awareness Week; my boyfriend, Mum and I went along to the Comedy Store in London, and met the Action on Hearing Loss (AOHL) team.

After chatting with them, I recognised a familiar face from Twitter, someone who I’d been in touch with since I started writing blogs, it was fellow blogger; Louise Deaf Awareness!

We started chatting for ages, and realised we had so much in common! Of course, we had to snap a photo for AOHL’s #DontBeADonut Be Deaf Aware Campaign!

The comedy evening began with an introduction from Samantha Baines one of AOHL’s ambassadors who announced her hearing loss, and she wears hearing aids which was inspiring! Then followed with Angela Barnes, Eshaan Akbar (both of which have a form of hearing loss), along with Ed Gamble. I sat next to fellow blogger and friend of mine; Liam O’Dell – it was great to catch up!

The sketches were BSL interpreted from two interpreters along with live speech to text subtitles which were displayed on big screens near the stage. The subtitles were admittely a little slow and there were a few spelling mistakes but I do credit them for being able to caption speech that fast!

During the break, Louise and I bumped into another of AOHL’s ambassadors; Scarlette Douglas, she was so lovely! Some impressive sign language skills coming from her too!

After the break followed the main headline acts; Russell Howard and John Bishop! Both of them were absolutely incredible! What struck me was John spoke about his teenage son, who has a hearing loss of his own and wears hearing aids!

As the event was a little different to their usual gigs, deafness was on everyone’s mind and it was funny to hear some deaf related jokes as it’s crucial to be able to laugh at ourselves and find humour in everyday situations!

Thanks to my boyfriend (the one who inspired me to start blogging) and Action on Hearing Loss, I had the chance to meet one of my comedy icons… Russell Howard!

(I couldn’t resist giving him a hug!)

He was so sweet, and I’m surprised I could get a word out as I was in awe! He asked what I do… I explained about my blogs and how I aim to inspire deaf young people to be proud of their deafness and hearing aids – and he said my hearing aids were cool! I nearly cried when I came out!

The best end to the night was chatting to John Bishop about the show, the importance of access for deaf people, and his son’s hearing loss! He was so geniune and lovely! Of course, I had to snap a photo with him!

To some, it may just seem like an ordinary night out, but to feel included in a social outing like this, I can’t describe it. I’m so grateful to AOHL for organising it and for the comedians who devoted their time for a great cause. Lets hope there will be more accessible comedy shows in the future!

WHAT A NIGHT! I’ll never forget it!

Don’t forget, #DeafAwarenessWeek has just started, there’s lots going on! Hope you’re all getting involved! You may have seen a sneak peek of what Deaf Girly and I have been working on… if not, keep posted for my next blog!

Love E x

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Hello to my amazing readers!

Next week it’s my favourite week of the year, it’s *drumroll please*…

DEAF AWARENESS WEEK!

That’s right! From Monday 6th to Sunday 12th May, we’ll be celebrating all things deaf, hearing loss and hard-of-hearing, whilst raising valuable awareness!

There’s so many incredible things going on…

#CelebratingRoleModels

This year’s theme is Celebrating Role Models – It’s a fabulous area, there’s so many inspirational Deaf Role Models out there! I’ve written a couple of blogs which will go out during the week! If you know someone who deserves a little recognition, why not share their story on social media? We’d love to see!

Something NEW and EXCITING

Deaf Girly and I have been working on something incredibly exciting a few weeks ago, and will be launched during Deaf Awareness Week! We cannot wait for the big reveal!

#DontBeaDonut Be Deaf Aware Campaign

This campaign by Action on Hearing Loss is all about ‘encouraging people to talk about hearing loss and deafness – which aims to challenge people’s understanding and perceptions. #DontBeADonut Be Deaf Aware’

I have some hilarious mishaps of things people have said/done, which I’ll be sharing during the week!

Dress in Decibels

Wear your loudest clothing and raise awareness of deafness and hearing loss! More info

Hearing aids and all that jazz!

I’m decorating my hearing aids… and I’m going all out – *prepare yourselves*! I’ll be flaunting them all over social media! Why not show yours off and lets break down negative stigma together!

Check out this blog; ‘How to decorate your hearing technologies’

More content!

I’ve written more blogs for Phonak, British Deaf News and Limping Chicken this month, some themed around #DeafAwarenessWeek – as well as sharing photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, be sure to check them out!

How you can get involved!
  • Share communication tips on how to have a successful conversation with a deaf/HOH person
  • Raise deaf awareness – explain to someone about what deafness is, and challenges we may face
  • Contact companies to improve a certain area of their services to make them more accessible
  • Raise funds for deaf charities – whether a small or big donation, every penny helps!
  • Share your stories – the more experiences are out there through blogs, videos and social media, the more awareness people have!

Last of all, have FUN and be DEAF and PROUD!

Love E x

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Hello lovely Readers!

This year has been so exciting so far! I’ve started writing officially for The Limping Chicken, a popular deaf blog!

Of all the ideas I have of blogs, this one in particular, I wrote in time for Valentine’s Day earlier in the year, sharing my experiences and tips of dating with deafness…

Dating, relationships and deafness

Enjoy reading!

Love E x

We’re volunteering at a deaf school in Sri Lanka for two weeks in July! We’d really appreciate any donations! More info on our trip.

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Hello,

Recently, there has been news in the deaf community of a well-known man who passed way due to mental health reasons. It’s all very tragic, and thoughts go out to his family.

There’s a higher rate of mental health within deaf people. Wee need to continue raising awareness of this. We should reach out to family and friends and ask them if they’re ok, if they want to talk.

We should encourage mental health organisations to be as accessible as possible, to ensure people get the right support they need in a reachable format.

Mental health is quite a stigmatised topic, but it should be brought to the forefront, the numbers are sadly still too high, and I hope people can get the help and support that they need.

I wrote a blog on Deafness and Mental Health for British Deaf News, with some information about mental health, along with links to organisations who provide support. You can read it here:

Deafness and Mental Health

Please spread the word, and take care. There’s always someone to talk to, it’s ok not to be ok.

Love, E x

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Hello!

If you’re wondering why I haven’t posted, it’s because I’ve been super busy (as always!) and I don’t always get round to posting each blog I’ve written on here…

If you want to follow my latest blogs, please check these links regularly!

Latest HearingLikeMe blogs

Latest British Deaf News blogs

Latest Limping Chicken blogs

And now… onto the latest news!

Did you know? Deaf activist Chella Man has been cast for Titans Season 2? It’s incredible!

Read all about his new role in my latest Phonak blog!

#DeafTalent: Deaf activist Chella Man cast for “Titans” Season 2

We’re fundraising for our Voluntears trip to Sri Lanka, where we will be volunteering in a deaf school for two weeks in July!

We’d really appreciate any sponsors!

Hope you’re all well!

Love E x

I’m on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – please follow me for regular updates, blogs and news!

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Deafie Blogger by Deafieblogger - 4M ago

Hello Readers,

So, we’re almost half way through January! Is it me or did 2018 go really fast? It’s a constant reminder to cherish each day as it comes and to live life to the full!

2018 was an incredible year! Although a few barriers and challenges arose, there were lots of fantastic experiences – too many to list! Here are my…

Top 5 Highlights

Winning the Leadership Award at the Signature Deaf Annual Awards in November!

Still today it’s a shock, but it’s nice to know that all the hard work I’ve put into campaigning and raising Deaf awareness has been recognised. The award motivates me to continue making a difference for the next generation of deaf people.

#SubtitledCinema

We saw a huge push in the #SubtitledCinema campaign, with an astonishing 11,000+ signatures on my petition!

With invaluable support from Michelle and Deaf Girly, along with our supporters, we succeeded in arranging a meeting with top people from the UK Cinema Industry to discuss increasing the current provision. We look forward to seeing what they come back with next month.

Accessible Banking

Throughout the year, I worked with 3 major banks to help make their services more accessible for deaf people.

Virgin Money invited me to their offices for #ICANuary (‘making banking accessible so everyone CAN’). I delivered a Deaf awareness training session and helped their teams to make their website more accessible.

I was so pleased to work with Barclays Bank to introduce a NEW Lipspeaker service! This means deaf people are able to contact the bank securely using a third party lipspeaker (details have to be registered directly with the bank).

Seeing these fundamental changes from the major banks is incredible. I hope it helps to make deaf people’s banking experiences easier and I hope other banks will follow suit!

BBC Radio 5

We also saw a rise in #DeafTalent in the media, especially with The Silent Child film winning an Oscar!

I was chuffed to be invited to talk live on BBC Radio 5, discussing deafness and the importance that The Silent Child has on raising Deaf awareness for future generations.

What will 2019 bring?

I am excited to see what this year has to offer, but here are some of my hopes and resolutions!

– I hope to see a permanent increase in #SubtitledCinema showings

– To tackle access to healthcare for deaf people

– For YouTube to bring in official lyrics/subtitles to music videos

– To do more Deaf awareness talks

– To pass my BSL Level 2 exams

– Perhaps another fundraising challenge! What beats a skydive?

And one I am looking forward to the most;

– Volunteering at a Deaf school in Sri Lanka for two weeks!

Any sponsors would be greatly appreciated!

What are your goals for this year?

Love E x

If you’d like to read my blogs more reguarly, check out these links!

My blogs on British Deaf News

My blogs on HearingLikeMe

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Hello to my amazing followers…

I have some incredible news to share with you all!

As you may know, I was nominated for an award for the Signature Deaf 10th Annual Awards? Well, the ceremony was held a few weeks ago and…

I have only gone and won the Leadership Award..! *aah!*

I couldn’t believe it! It was such a surprise! (This photo captures it all!)

Before the night, I was so proud to be a finalist in a national awards ceremony! I read about the incredible achievements that the other finalists had done, some who’ve set up their own businesses… so I didn’t want to get my hopes up as I was pleased enough to be nominated!

But, I guess all my hard work, sweat and tears paid off, and it was so lovely that everything I’ve done was recognised through winning this award.

I even had to give a speech! (What do you say when you’re that shocked?! – Did I mention, the trophy is quite heavy!)

What a night! It was a great evening, a two course meal with lovely company on our table. Congratulations to all the other award winners and finalists!

I’d just like to take this last note to thank all my remarkable followers for the wonderful messages and motivation you’ve given me over the past three years, through my blogging and campaigning. Also, to my family for their support and everything they’ve done, and finally to my deaf boyfriend, who was the one who encouraged and inspired Deafie Blogger!

Thank you D for sharing this phenomenal night with me… (sharing a rare photo of us with you!)

I will strive to continue blogging, campaigning and doing all I can to improve accessibility for the next deaf generation!

Love E x

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Hello!

I HAVE SOME SUPER EXCITING NEWS TO SHARE WITH YOU!

Next July 2019, my deaf boyfriend Dylan and I are off on a trip of a lifetime! We will be joining other deaf people to volunteer in a Deaf School in Sri Lanka for two weeks!

During our time there, we will be helping to renovate the school, supporting the children and learning some Sri Lankan Sign Language!

With profound deafness’ ourselves, we know how important it is for D/deaf children to get the right support, especially in countries like Sri Lanka where they may not have the resources to achieve their potential.

We are so thrilled for this opportunity, thanks to ‘VoluntEars’, a Deaf Overseas Volunteering Organisation for organising the trip. They run other trips to Nepal and Ghana, as well as Sri Lanka for deaf people. This trip is an incredible chance for us to give something back to the D/deaf community.

We will be doing some fundraising challenges between now and July to raise funds for this trip and we would really appreciate any sponsors!

I will post updates all the way through until the trip, during and after too!

That’s all for now,

Love E x

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