Natàlia Corrales: “Deaf Students to Fall Through the Cracks due to Lack of Financial Support”

Natàlia Corrales is a sign language interpreter living in Barcelona. During her ten years of work, she has experienced first-hand what it is like to live in a world full of communication barriers. Many of these barriers are misunderstood or easily dismissed. For the last three years she has been working as a translator for a veterinary science student at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Jordi Albacete asks Natàlia how people can help the deaf to integrate better the deaf into society, particularly in universities.

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El mundo invisible de la sordoceguera

¿Cómo imaginaríamos un mar abierto sin ver el horizonte ni escuchar el rugido (1) de sus olas? ¿Podríamos integrarnos en un mundo que no vemos ni oímos? Estas son algunos de los retos a los que se enfrentan los sordociegos cada día. Ante esta situación, el guía intérprete, un servicio de difícil acceso sobre todo por la falta de subvenciones, es una figura clave para ayudarles a romper su silencio.

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The Invisible World of Deafblindness

Would you be able to imagine the open sea without seeing or hearing the sound of the ocean waves? Will you feel part of a world that you are unable to see or hear? These are some of the daily challenges faced by deafblind people all over the world. In light of that situation, the figure of the interpreter is key to helping them break their silence and guarantee their independence. In Spain, deaf-blindness is recognised by law as a disability. However, the lack of public funding makes this service inaccessible for many.

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Camphill, un punto de vista diferente sobre la discapacidad desde Escocia

El movimiento Camphill es una iniciativa social de la que ya hemos hablado con anterioridad en Cosmopolita Scotland. En este artículo, Dominic Corbett explica las bases teóricas del movimiento y opina sobre algunas de las ideas innovadoras que Camphill ha aportado al campo de la educación para gente discapacitada y con necesidades especiales.

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Scotland Looks Differently at Disabilities in Camphill

The Camphill Movement is a social initiative, which we have discussed before in Cosmopolita Scotland. In this article, Dominic Corbett introduces the theoretical basis of the movement and gives his opinion on some of the innovative ideas that Camphill has brought to the field of education for people with learning disabilities and special needs.

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Review of ‘My Island’: The True Story of a Silent Challenge.

How does historical deafness look through our modern eyes? In this book review of “My Island” by Maggie Gordon and Hamish Rosie, Lesley Dargie examines this extraordinary tale of coauthor Hamish, a deaf artist from the tiny island of South Ronaldsay. Lesley’s personal experience of hearing loss gives a unique perspective on this immense journey within our small nation.

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Dementia: Changing the Story

Whether they’re calling it a “dangerous epidemic“, the “Silver Tsunami” or a “living death“, much reporting of dementia in the media is full of negative language. It’s quite rare that we hear positive stories about dementia. It’s even rarer that we hear about all the things that people with dementia are still capable of as opposed to the things they can no longer do. However, changing the stories and language we use is exactly what is needed to change the public perspective of people living with dementia. In this article, Alex Owen-Hill talks to novelist and PhD researcher Alison Summers about why language and story can help us to realise that people with dementia are not “gone”, they have just changed.

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“Necesitamos más apoyo para las familias de los sordociegos”

La sordoceguera es una discapacidad única que combina una deficiencia visual y auditiva. En el Reino Unido se estiman alrededor de 400.000 personas que la padecen, según informa Deafblind UK, una cifra que podría ascender a 570.000 en 2030 como consecuencia del envejecimiento de la población. Jordi Albacete y Guillem Lisarde han entrevistado a Frankie McLean, responsable de atención social de la oenegé Deaf Action, una organización que lleva 180 años ofreciendo servicios a personas sordas y sordociegas.

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“We Need More Support for the Deafblinds’ families”

Deafblindness is a unique disability, effecting both sight and hearing. In the UK there are around 400,000 of deafblind people, according to Deafblind UK. This figure could increase up to 570,000 by 2030 due to the ever increasing average life-span of the population. Jordi Albacete and Guillem Lisarde interviewed Frankie McLean Social Care Manager of Deaf Action, a charity that has been offering services for 180 years for the deaf and the deafblind communities.

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Small Heroes Fighting Dementia

Do young people know enough about dementia, a mental impairment (1) that affects around 48 million people worldwide? How can we educate them about something so little-known (2)? How can young people understand a disorder (3) that they personally feel so distant from? Despite the high number of people who have it, dementia is still a condition full of mysteries. It generates many prejudices and, contrary to what might be thought, does not only affect the elderly. To address this lack of awareness, and in order to involve young people, Alzheimer Scotland and Young Scot have launched #DecodeDementia, a campaign full of commitment and creativity. Cosmopolita Scotland’s Guillem Lisarde Sepúlveda was fortunate enough take part.

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