Posts Tagged ‘deaf’

Don’t let your disability stop you from following your dreams!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by morethan

Sophie Stone who was a young deaf single mother when she won a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, is now getting recognition for her theatre and TV work.

Sophie Stone is getting ready to start a tour in the UK. She is the lead actress in a new play Woman of Flowers. The production by disabled playwright Kaite O’Reilly features a mixture of spoken and visual language, which is similar to Stone’s own journey in communication as a deaf person. The play is based on a Welsh myth, Woman of Flowers uses music, movement, speech and a sign-like visual language to tell the story of a farmer’s wife who has forgotten her past but wants a different future to the one chosen for her by her husband and his uncle.

It’s been 10 years since, as a 24-year-old single mother living in East London; she became the first deaf person to study at Rada. She has since performed at the National Theatre and with Deafinitely Theatre Company, and has appearances in TV’s Midsummer Murders, Casualty and Marchlands. How great!

She says she developed the ability to communicate later than most and didn’t start to express herself properly until joining a local drama club.  ”I was a very frustrated, repressed and angry child, who couldn’t articulate thoughts and feelings,” she says.

She says that facial expressions, breath, touch and relationships with others on stage helped her release those tensions. From that point, she began to talk and use words. “I loved the feeling of words in my mouth, learning how to say them and how to affect people with them.” On stage she now revels in the ability to connect and tell stories to others.

Here at More Than Mobility we think that all of Sophie’s achievements are fantastic and are testimony that you should not let your disability stop you from doing what you want to do!

We also provide FREE No Obligation Hearing Test in the comfort and privacy of your own home! Do visit our website for more information: www.morethanmobility.com

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Can New Google Glasses Help Deaf People?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by morethan

There are many new technologies that can help people with disabilities but how well do they actually work? The new Google Glasses includes a small computer screen above your right eye. The glasses (which are not available for the general public to buy just yet) will include live subtitling 24/7 and calling up an in-vision interpreter at the touch of a button.

So what can you expect?

Once you wear the glasses you will see a small transparent screen, which will feel as though it is positioned somewhere in the distance, and is in sharp focus. The moment you get the screen into that position the possibilities feel real. The menu system is accessed in two ways. There is a touch screen on the side which can be swiped back and forth, up and down, and you tap to select the option you want. Google glass can also be used for live subtitling. Or you can control it by speaking, but this may be difficult if you’re deaf mind you. As saying “OK Glass” to activate voice commands can be a bit hit and miss if your voice is not clear.

It will also have a “wink to take a picture” setting and a live remote captioning software in the real world where the glasses will pick up discussions and describe conversations back to you.

Here at More Than Mobility we think the Google Glasses will be useful for some deaf people and we’re looking forward to seeing this being developed and launched.

We also provide FREE No Obligation Hearing Test in the comfort and privacy of your own home! Do visit our website for more information: www.morethanmobility.com or call 0800 046 3949.

Deaf Dramas To Become A Success On TV?

Monday, May 26th, 2014 by morethan

Deaf awareness week is now over, but the issues surrounding deaf people are not. Britain is now slowly warming to subtitles at the bottom of the screen. So is it now time for drama’s in sign language? For deaf people, the recent influx of foreign drama has been great news. They are screened in their original language with good quality “open” subtitles rather than via a button on your remote control. In comparison to regular subtitle service, which is often criticised as poor (and sometimes missing altogether) by deaf people.

Early sign language drama’s in the UK often featured mostly deaf actors, was mostly signed and had little spoken dialogue. They appealed to a core deaf audience who wanted to see themselves represented on screen in the same way as hearing people. BBC Drama commissioner Ben Stephenson tells See Hear that there is no barrier to a drama being made in British Sign Language (BSL), as long as the script is good enough. He says:

“If someone came with a script like that and it was really good, I think we would probably leap up and down with excitement, because it’s really hard to find great scripts.”

More recent drama’s for deaf people has a 50:50 balance of speaking and signing, a good soundtrack and a mix of deaf and hearing actors. It appeals to a much wider audience as a result. Making sign language and deafness part of the story, but not the whole story, which is said to be the key to deaf drama’s future success.

Here at More Than Mobility we think that with a good balanced script, deaf dramas could most definitely be a hit!

FREE Hearing Test, Hearing Products For Deaf Awareness Week

Monday, May 19th, 2014 by morethan

This week is Deaf Awareness Week.  As we get older, a lot of us can find that our hearing may not be as sharp or as clear as it used to be. If you find yourself struggling to hear what loved ones are saying to you or setting the television to a volume that is deafening to everyone else, then it maybe worth your while to look into having a hearing test as a hearing aid may work wonders for you.

Hearing aids have evolved greatly over the last few years, and the progress that has been made in their development is staggering. Most hearing aids fit snugly into your ears and are barely noticeable to others.

To celebrate Deaf Awareness Week, More Than Mobility is offering you a FREE No Obligation Hearing Test in your own home. Simply give us a call on 0800 046 3949 to book or find out more. We also have a wide range of daily living aids to help you maintain your independence and make the simple things in life that had previously become difficult, that little bit easier. So shop online today!

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