ASLI sponsor Health and Wellbeing at Edinburgh Deaf Festival



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We are proud to announce that ASLI (Association of Sign Language Interpreters and Translators) is now the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ sponsor of this year’s Edinburgh Deaf Festival.   Their sponsorship will go towards the vital wellbeing of all volunteers, interpreters, captioners, performers and staff during the festival by providing wellbeing resources, healthy food and refreshments, as well as a relaxing massage …

Heriot-Watt University to support the 2023 Edinburgh Deaf Festival



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We’re thrilled to announce that Heriot Watt University will be sponsoring this year’s Edinburgh Deaf Festival. As the festival’s Interpreting Sponsor, Heriot Watt will be providing British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters for various performances and events across Edinburgh’s festivals this summer. Heriot-Watt University has had a long-standing commitment to support BSL teaching and the training of BSL/English interpreters. In 2022, …

Deaf Action hosts inaugural Charity Golf Day



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On Monday 3 July 2023, we hosted our inaugural Charity Golf Day at the prestigious Prestonfield Golf Club, and it was an absolute triumph. Starting off an early tee-off time, our teams geared up for an unforgettable day of golf. Afterwards, our golfers were treated to lunch, then we had an array of raffle and auction prizes waiting to be …

SignLive and House of Hearing to sponsor Edinburgh Deaf Festival



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We are thrilled to announce our sponsors for this year’s Edinburgh Deaf Festival are SignLive and House of Hearing. Our headline sponsor is SignLive, a renowned BSL interpreting on-demand service. As a deaf-led organisation with a commitment to improving communication access, they are a perfect fit for the festival and we look forward to working together. Fiona Mackay, Chief Operating …

Edinburgh Deaf Festival 2023 – Programme launch



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When: 11 – 20 August 2023 Where: Edinburgh We are delighted to announce that this year’s Edinburgh Deaf Festival programme has officially launched and tickets are now on sale! Join us from 11 – 20 August 2023 to see some of the finest deaf talent from across Scotland and the UK. We are proud to present a captivating programme featuring over 60 …

Deaf Like Me – Niamdh Braid



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Meet Niamdh Braid, a deaf young person with a passion for accessibility and inclusion.  Niamdh's story Niamdh was diagnosed with sensorineural deafness at a young age and wears two hearing aids in her everyday life. As the only deaf person in her family, Niamdh's parents have fought hard to ensure access to appropriate services, British Sign Language, and the deaf ...

Deaf Like Me – Charlotte Addison



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Meet Charlotte Addison, a deaf BSL user based in Glasgow. Unlike most deaf children, Charlotte grew up in a deaf signing household. Charlotte shares a funny story about manners at the dinner table, and how she realised that not everyone could sign like her family. Charlotte's story Coming from a deaf signing family, Charlotte has been immersed in deaf culture ...

Deaf Like Me – Timothy Perera



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Meet Timothy Perera, a deaf BSL user based in the North of England. Growing up in a hearing environment, he was the only deaf person in his family. Tim shares his experience of his early years and how he found the deaf community. Tim's story Tim wasn't diagnosed as being deaf until around the age of three. With no prior ...

Deaf Action takes part in CivTech programme to develop SignPort app



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Click for BSL video Since July 2022, Deaf Action has been participating in the CivTech programme, and we are pleased to share with you our progress on a very exciting project.   What is CivTech? “CivTech is a Scottish Government programme that brings people from the public, private and third sectors together to build things that make the world a better ...

‘Sign Me Up’ – Deaf Action partners with Tinder for Sign Language Week 



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For this years’ Sign Language Week (13-19 March), we’ve partnered with Tinder, who are championing inclusivity by empowering single people to learn British Sign Language (BSL).   Tinder aims to promote inclusion through improved communication, raising awareness of the barriers the deaf community face whilst dating. The dating app has partnered with deaf twins Being Her to release a series of …