It is with great sadness, but profound respect and admiration that the Deaf community and wider Church says farewell to Ian Stillman. There will be an open Thanksgiving/Memorial service for Ian's life and work on Saturday October 15th , 2pm at Carey Baptist Church, Reading. This was the Church which suported him in his missson work in India but that he refused to go to as a teenager! Everyone is welcome , there were so many different facets to Ian's life! Read more: Farewell to Ian Stillman - Memorial Service
St Stephen's Church in Stoke on Trent restarts Signed Services and Ernest Seager to be Lay ReaderRead more: News from Stoke on Trent
The Deaf Churches in West Yorkshire and the Dales have launched a New Website yorkshiredeaf.org.uk. As well as details about Deaf Church events in the Yorkshire area it also contains news and views from Deaf Clubs, pubs and social gatherings and cultural events.
While sponsored by the Deaf Churches of West Yorkshire and the Dales it will also publish relevant content from Deaf Churches and community groups anywhere in Yorkshire.
If you live in or visit Yorkshire it's well worth bookmarking this site.
A Christmas treat for al our readers Nadia Nadarajah signs ‘Silent Night’.
Watching Nadia signing Silent Night revealed so many character roles descriptively as there are in the story. Nadia becomes the narrator; she naturally shifts seamlessly from one character to another, be it Mary, Jesus, Angels, Shepherd or the Three Kings. The viewer is teleported to a specified location within her signing space such as the manger, heaven, and the desert.
Her signing reflects the music score and the gentleness of the story shines out. There is hardly any lip-patterns and fingerspelling but strong use of signs and symbols such as stars, shepherd’s crook, angel’s wings, singing alleluia and the way it is carried out.
The British Society for Mental Health and Deafness (BSMHD) has launched a new website. BSMHD is a UK charity that focuses entirely on the promotion of the positive mental health of deaf people.
Mental health includes healthy emotional, psychological and social development, the prevention and treatment of mental illness and other disorders. Although the main focus is on those who’s first or preferred language is sign language, BSMHD is interested in the mental health of all deaf people, whatever their language preference, age of onset or degree of deafness.
Deaf people who are British Sign Language users are almost twice as likely to have mental health issues compared with the general population (40% against 25%). In addition, people with mental health and deafness issues (multiple needs) often face marginalisation from mainstream society. There is a great deal of stigma attached to mental health in the Deaf community, thus leading to isolation and loneliness in a close knit community. Through delivery of training courses and dissemination of information, BSMHD are actively working to reduce this stigma throughout the UK.
BT has been fined £800,000 by the communications watchdog Ofcom after delays launching a text-to-speech servic.
Ofcom had given all phone operators until April 18 to develop speeech to text service accessible via a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone.
However BT did not complete its “Next Generation Text Service” on time and did not have it running until September. BT claimed that there were issues with the sound quality of emergency calls.Read more: BT fined for delays to Deaf service