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Say more: slow down

As the ‘new term’ approaches, why not give yourself a personal communication re-boot? And who better to provide tips than a lipreader who has to put communication front and centre? Includes brief videos which let you try lipreading 2 words!...

August 27, 2021

Will you cope?

After 16 months in the slow lane, life is speeding up. How ready are we to return to whatever the new 'normal life' will look like? If you worry about how you will cope, you are not alone. And this article offers a helping hand....

July 16, 2021

A question of support

How does requiring support for work or everyday life make a person feel? And given that the need for support and help is so universal, why do we find it so hard to ask for it?...

June 18, 2021

Can we all stop worrying?

This is not an instruction. It’s a genuine question. With so much cause for worry, can we control how much we do it? The answer may surprise you....

May 7, 2021

Interaction: hidden treasure on Zoom - well hidden!

In this final Deaf technophobe blog, Jane explores some of Zoom’s interactive tools – you know the ones everyone else seems to use, but which seem to be invisible on your system? ...

April 7, 2021

‘It’s not me, it’s you’: taking back control on Zoom

If someone were about to take over your life, wouldn’t you want to know something about their behaviour and motivation first? Zoom now plays a major role in many peoples lives but is not always clear why it does what it does. Here I look at the psychological impact of losing control and solve one of Zoom's unexplained takeovers which can block your participants’ view....

March 29, 2021

Send my avatar! A deaf technophobe's guide to Zoom's deeper mysteries

Ever found yourself fuming on Zoom? ‘Where did the key person’s video suddenly go to?’. ‘How come there’s no option to re-copy my invitation to that meeting I set up?’ And, ‘Where did those dratted black boxes over my beautiful slides come from?’ With these new platforms, there’s no handbook. Fast smiley videos, yes, and FAQs. But have you noticed that for some reason your question never seems to be ‘frequently asked’ (at least in Zoom world) and an answer is elusive?...

March 23, 2021

A new pavement etiquette?

Going outdoors at the moment is fraught with danger isn’t it? And not just due to the risk of picking up Covid-19. Having to keep our distance from other human beings on often narrow pavements isn't easy. On daily walks I have noticed certain types who make this spatial negotiation even trickier. And if these are not carried out well, they could leave you, literally, in the gutter. So here is a light-hearted description of these pavement 'specicies' to help you spot and handle them....

February 25, 2021

Something missing?

The global health crisis is sharpening our understanding of leadership and what has been lacking. There is inspiration out there if we are willing to learn. ...

January 15, 2021

Feeling switched off?

Imagine a meeting. In a room. With other humans. You know – old school from back in the mists of time – say last year. How would we have felt if people had said: ‘You have frozen.’ ‘You sound like a dalek.’ ‘Where did you go?’ ‘You are melting… You look a bit like the Terminator..’ ?...

October 30, 2020

Do less with more: handling lockdown's flatness

A photo taken during lockdown: can you spot what is happening?...

July 22, 2020

Inspiring hope: Samuel Remi-Akinwale

This blog collection is dedicated to people who are changing our society for the better. I feel privileged to know them and to have worked with them. If I ever risk losing hope, I only have to think of them and their work to regain it....

June 22, 2020

Inspiring hope: Jass Thethi

This blog collection is dedicated to people who are changing our society for the better. They are asking new and important questions. I feel privileged to know them and to have worked with them. If I ever risk losing hope, I only have to think of them and their work to regain it. I hope they inspire you too....

June 18, 2020

Adjustments for a new age? How deaf experience can help us under lockdown

What is it like to be deaf under lockdown? Might our experience as deaf people, strangely, give us some advantages? And how could these advantages benefit everyone looking for ways to handle life under lockdown? Here are five reflections and related tips....

April 21, 2020

Should we be building hope into HR policies?

Here is a question for you: Should HR policy development start from: a) legal compliance and risk avoidance or b) a values-based ethos? Difficult, right? I posed this question to a group of post-graduate HR Management students at Leeds Business School recently. This was part of their Diversity in HR Management module. I had given a lecture earlier about how HR policies can affect employees who are, or who become, disabled. Drawing on my own experience, I encouraged the students to consider what ...

April 15, 2019

Everything about us without us? Access to Work's dignity deficit

This article describes the process and timeline of applying for an Access to Work grant to support a key business trip to Myanmar (Burma) for me as the deaf Director of a thriving and growing social enterprise, Result CIC. The key points: I applied 6 weeks before travelling to allow good time for planning.AtW did not inform me of: any timeframe enabling me to plan the trip, rules about payment of support workers nor how any grant would be treated alongside my UK one. Communication internally and...

March 25, 2019

Keep going! 3 tips for feeling calmer in a time of turmoil

There is so much change and uncertainty at the moment. This can knock our confidence. How can we protect our well being?...

February 5, 2018

Betty Harris and June Street, OBE: lifelong health campaigners

June - thank you for agreeing to be interviewed. We met at Her Majesty the Queen's garden party to which we were invited as charity volunteers. Betty explained that she was planning to lobby Her Majesty concerning your hospital campaign. Can you tell me a little more about that please? We were invited to the Queen's 90th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. They were there to represent the local Clinical Commissioning Group' s activity in engaging residents to in "have a voice" in the ...

November 23, 2016

Are you being heard?

Well do you care?If you can share your experiences with people who are really listening what difference does it make? Nancy Kline, author of 'Time to think', would say ‘all the difference in the world’. I recently had two privileged opportunities to be heard by people who have the power to change the law in this country. This got me thinking....

August 30, 2016

Could Google's 'small change' make a big change for hardworking disabled people?

In January David Cameron criticised business, universities and the armed forces for their ‘ingrained, institutional and insidious’ attitudes which, he said ‘should shame our nation’. The PM was talking about racial diversity. And his own criticism was immediately levelled at the government’s Civil Service by the Opposition. Another aspect of diversity, disability, rarely appears on the PM’s radar of issues worth bothering with. If it did, he could have easily used the same languag...

February 29, 2016

Catch up with yourself

Last month I did a daft thing. But it was also a good thing. Sometimes you have to try to keep your promises to yourself. 13 years ago my Mum died of cancer. 2 years after I ran the 5K Race for Life. Mum’s death had affected me so much, it almost literally felt like a race for my life. And then, guess what? It almost was: I struggled big time to finish just 5 km. My lungs felt as if they were about to explode. A few weeks later, they almost did. I had, unbeknown to me, been running with a lung...

August 13, 2015

Turn your fear on its head: lessons from a scared deaf musician

Do you know the feeling? The request comes through that you have been dreading. And you think 'Uh oh!'. You know – the one which strikes quiet terror into your heart? The one which will find you out? I was on holiday at the time, using the hotel's lobby wi-fi. And there was the email: "Dear Jane, Harry has arranged a piece for a string quintet for the summer concert. You are playing viola. I attach the score. The rehearsal will be on…"Scary right? Perhaps not to you. But I am deaf. OK, ...

June 17, 2015

Capping aspiration?

Here are few quotes for you: 'I want to give people the chance to fulfil their potential'. (Priti Patel, new Minister for Employment, 27 May 2015)'I truly believe we can make Britain a place where a good life is in reach for everyone who is willing to work and do the right thing.'(Prime Minister, David Cameron, 8 May 2015).Conservative party manifesto 2015:'As part of our objective to achieve full employment, we will aim to halve the disability employment gap: we will transform policy, prac...

May 29, 2015

Getting elected? Listen to the community. Interview with Josef Baines

As the UK goes to the polling booths, I interview someone familiar with elections and building support for a campaign. Josef Baines is a successful deaf manager at Interactive in London. He was the first elected President of the Students' Union at Brunel University where he took two degrees. Josef is interested in political work in the future....

May 7, 2015

Everyday extraordinary interview: Heidi and Lee Robertson

Heidi and Lee Robertson got married in 2013. Both use sign language as their first language. Heidi was born in Finland and moved to the UK in 2009. She is a marketing expert specialising in social media. Lee, from Scotland, is a graduate in Aerospace Engineering Design and a qualified Psychological Well-being Practitioner....

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