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Is the job centre failing it’s Deaf clients?

If you read the post  about Janet (@deafplanet) a Deaf  woman who’s benefit was cut for not attending an interview due to inability to contact them by phone (she’s Deaf and has no outgoing phine line to phone by minicom to Text Direct service.)  For many d/Deaf people Text Direct is a lifeline offering text to speech operator who will relay the call. DWP routinely fail to offer  email or sms numbers as an alternative contact in letters... 
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Being Deaf is no excuse – if you can’t phone you will lose your benefits

A friend an hour ago posted on facebook that her benefits had been stopped all because she couldn’t phone them to arrange an interview (she’s Deaf). She won’t receive her entitlement on Monday. Pesky People asked if we could do a short blog post to alert others to her situation to see if it could get her help and she agreed. Since when was it possible to stop anyone’s benefits all for the sake of a phone call? This is what... 
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SMK Foundation Awards – Pesky People features in Society Guardian article

Would you believe it has been nearly a year since Pesky People was a finalist in the SMK Foundation Awards 2010 (Consumer Action). The day of the awards ceremony I had to run between A11yLDN 2010 and the ceremony across London with a British Sign Language interpreter chasing after me. A lot has happened in that time with Pesky People and today is the 2011 awards ceremony and congratulation must go to all the 2011 finalists and awardees. Everyone deserves recognition and... 
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Being an audiologist doesn’t make you Deaf friendly

Last week after much waiting in frustration on my part I got fitted with my new digital hearing aids from the NHS. Oticon Chili (or as the NHS call them Sprit Zest C It’s only taken six months of waiting. You’d think I’d be jumping for joy at the wonderful instruments – the latest gadgetry in NHS Digital aids (a new post to follow). The features if you are really interested are best explained by Oticon website and a brilliant... 
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BBC response to complaint about DJ Sara Cox’s twitter comments

The BBC responded to my complaint about Sara Cox’s comments towards subtitles being shown at an English language screening of Bridemaids. It arrived at just after midnight this morning. TO recap Sara asked for a discount because there were subtitles, wanted to put gaffa tape over her glasses to cover them up and told those who found her comments about subtitled screenings offensive  were ‘gob******’. She has apologised through... 
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