So, we’re almost half way through January! Is it me or did 2018 go really fast? It’s a constant reminder to cherish each day as it comes and to live life to the full!
2018 was an incredible year! Although a few barriers and challenges arose, there were lots of fantastic experiences – too many to list! Here are my…
Top 5 Highlights
Winning the Leadership Award at the Signature Deaf Annual Awards in November!
Still today it’s a shock, but it’s nice to know that all the hard work I’ve put into campaigning and raising Deaf awareness has been recognised. The award motivates me to continue making a difference for the next generation of deaf people.
We saw a huge push in the #SubtitledCinema campaign, with an astonishing 11,000+ signatures on my petition!
With invaluable support from Michelle and Deaf Girly, along with our supporters, we succeeded in arranging a meeting with top people from the UK Cinema Industry to discuss increasing the current provision. We look forward to seeing what they come back with next month.
Throughout the year, I worked with 3 major banks to help make their services more accessible for deaf people.
Virgin Money invited me to their offices for #ICANuary (‘making banking accessible so everyone CAN’). I delivered a Deaf awareness training session and helped their teams to make their website more accessible.
I was so pleased to work with Barclays Bank to introduce a NEW Lipspeaker service! This means deaf people are able to contact the bank securely using a third party lipspeaker (details have to be registered directly with the bank).
Seeing these fundamental changes from the major banks is incredible. I hope it helps to make deaf people’s banking experiences easier and I hope other banks will follow suit!
BBC Radio 5
We also saw a rise in #DeafTalent in the media, especially with The Silent Child film winning an Oscar!
I was chuffed to be invited to talk live on BBC Radio 5, discussing deafness and the importance that The Silent Child has on raising Deaf awareness for future generations.
What will 2019 bring?
I am excited to see what this year has to offer, but here are some of my hopes and resolutions!
– I hope to see a permanent increase in #SubtitledCinema showings
– To tackle access to healthcare for deaf people
– For YouTube to bring in official lyrics/subtitles to music videos
– To do more Deaf awareness talks
– To pass my BSL Level 2 exams
– Perhaps another fundraising challenge! What beats a skydive?
And one I am looking forward to the most;
– Volunteering at a Deaf school in Sri Lanka for two weeks!
What are your goals for this year?
Love E x
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