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What it’s like to lipread

People with no hearing difficulties rarely give any thought to what it would be like to have to rely on lipreading to communicate with others. But a new video makes people stop and think about it.

Many of the 11 million people (according to Action on Hearing Loss) in the UK who have some form of hearing loss depend on lipreading to communicate with family, friends and colleagues.

A powerful video from National Geographic, made by the Little Moving Pictures production company, shows what life can be like for those who use lipreading — and it’s definitely not easy.  But if you attend a lipreading class, you will find help and support!

The video begins with people speaking clearly, as subtitles flash up on the screen. Gradually their words become quieter and the subtitles blurred.

The footage also shows how different situations, such as nightclubs, which pose no problem for those who can hear, make things even harder for lipreaders, .

The video is based on the essay “Seeing at the Speed of Sound” by Rachel Kolb, who also narrates and stars in the piece.

At the end of the video Kolb tells viewers how frustrating lipreading can be.

“There have been times when I’ve questioned why I even try to lipread, to wade through this swamp, when I could just use sign language,” she says. “Some deaf people choose to do just that. It’s like a different world — a world filled with rich expression and culture. When people sign they come alive. But I know I want both worlds.”

Go to Learn to lipread to find a lipreading class near you.

Research about lipreading

There have been some important research reports about the value and provision of lipreading classes recently.

  • On Everybody’s Lips – report of the Scottish Lipreading Strategy Group (2015). A very comprehensive report about lipreading classes in Scotland – but applicable to the whole of the UK.  Download and read the report
  • Not Just Lip Service (2012) Action on Hearing Loss.  Why it’s time to recognise the value of lipreading and managing hearing loss classes. Download and read the report
  • Paying Lip Service (2010) RNID (now Action on Hearing  Loss). Looks at the availability of lipreading classes in different regions of England and Wales, and the threats to their provision. Download and read the report

You will need a PDF reader to read these reports.

Congratulations to new lipreading tutors in Northern Ireland

Eleven new lipreading teachers have just successfully qualified in Northern Ireland.

Their training started in November 2014 and involved trainees from the five Health and Social Care Trusts and Action on Hearing Loss.

The training course was delivered by City Lit, whose three lipreading teacher trainers travelled from London to Northern Ireland to deliver the training.

The Health and Social Care Board provided funding for all eleven places as part of the Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy in Northern Ireland.

Lorraine Braggins, Teacher Co-ordinator says: “All the newly trained teachers should be very proud of what they have achieved. It was a privilege to train such a committed group of people and we are sure they will go on to do valuable work teaching lipreading to deaf and hard of hearing people across Northern Ireland.”

Fight for local lipreading

We believe that everyone with hearing loss should have access to a local lipreading class – and that includes you!

Lipreading is a hugely valuable communication skill for people with all levels of hearing loss, yet there’s a real shortage of classes across much of England.

That’s why, in Lipreading Awareness Week, ATLA and Action on Hearing Loss  launched our new Lipreading Campaign guide to help you convince your local college to provide an affordable lipreading class, if one doesn’t already exist.

Not only do these relaxed classes teach you how to lipread, they also improve your communication skills, introduce you to useful equipment and give you the chance to share experiences with others in similar situations

Follow this link and fill in the short form to download our Lipreading Campaign guide, and you could improve access to lipreading classes for you and your community! (Link will take you to the Action on Hearing Loss website).

Folkestone Adult Education Centre, The Cube, Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1 SD (ATLA Class IDs 62,63)

ADDRESS:
Folkestone Adult Education Centre, The Cube, Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1SD

ATLA Class ID 62

DAY & TIME:
Tuesday 10:00 – 11:30
LEVEL:
Mixed
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Karen Pitt
TELEPHONE:
01622 691151
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
d.jones@hikent.org.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:
Contact Debra Jones at HI Kent to register


ATLA Class ID 63

DAY & TIME:
Tuesday 12:30 – 14:00
LEVEL:
Mixed
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Karen Pitt
TELEPHONE:
01622 691151
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
d.jones@hikent.org.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:
Contact Debra Jones at HI Kent to register


Dover Discovery Centre, Market Square, Dover, Kent CT16 1PH (ATLA Class IDs 60, 61)

ADDRESS:
Dover Discovery Centre, Market Square, Dover, Kent CT16 1PH

ATLA Class ID 60

DAY & TIME:
Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00
LEVEL:
Mixed
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Kent Adult Education
TELEPHONE:
0300 041 2222
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
kentadulteducation.co.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:
Tutor Pat Tester


ATLA Class ID 61

DAY & TIME:
Wednesday 13:00 – 15:00
LEVEL:
Advanced
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Kent Adult Education
TELEPHONE:
0300 041 2222
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
kentadulteducation.co.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:
Tutor Pat Tester


St Thomas House, St Thomas Square, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1BA (ATLA Class IDs 247, 248, 553)

ADDRESS:
St Thomas House, St Thomas Square, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1BA

ATLA Class ID 247

DAY & TIME:
Monday 10:00 – 12:00
LEVEL:
Beginners
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Caroline Court
TELEPHONE:
Not available
MOBILE:
07877 468450 Text only
EMAIL:
lipreadingtutor@gmail.com
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:


ATLA Class ID 248

DAY & TIME:
Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00
LEVEL:
Improvers
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Caroline Court
TELEPHONE:
Not available
MOBILE:
07877 468450 Text only.
EMAIL:
lipreadingtutor@gmail.com
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:


ATLA Class ID 553

DAY & TIME:
Monday 09.15 – 10.40
LEVEL:
Fast Track
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Caroline Court
TELEPHONE:
Not available
MOBILE:
07877 468450 Text only.
EMAIL:
lipreadingtutor@gmail.com
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:

Worthing Action for Deafness, 51 Rowlands Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3JN (ATLA Class IDs 242, 243, 502)

ADDRESS:
Worthing Action for Deafness, 51 Rowlands Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3JN

ATLA Class ID 242

DAY & TIME:
Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00
LEVEL:
Mixed
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Cathy Cobbold
TELEPHONE:
01444 415582
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
cathy@actionfordeafness.org.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:


ATLA Class ID 243

DAY & TIME:
Wednesday 13:30 – 15:30
LEVEL:
Mixed
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Cathy Cobbold
TELEPHONE:
01444 415582
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
cathy@actionfordeafness.org.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:


ATLA Class ID 502

DAY & TIME:
Wednesday 18:30 – 20:30
LEVEL:
Mixed
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Cathy Cobbold
TELEPHONE:
01444 415582
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
cathy@actionfordeafness.org.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:

Action for Deafness, 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 4EA (ATLA Class IDs 240, 430)

ADDRESS
Action for Deafness, 22 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 4EA

ATLA Class ID 240

DAY & TIME:
Thursday 10:00 – 12:00
LEVEL:
Mixed
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Action for Deafness
TELEPHONE:
01444 415582
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
cathy@actionfordeafness.org.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:


ATLA Class ID 430

DAY & TIME:
Tuesday, 10.00 – 12.00
LEVEL:
Mixed
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Action for Deafness
TELEPHONE:
01444 415582
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
cathy@actionfordeafness.org.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:


Fuller Baptist Church, Gold Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN16 8JB (ATLA Class IDs 172,173)

ADDRESS:
Fuller Baptist Church, Gold Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 8JB

ATLA Class ID 172

DAY & TIME:
Tuesday 11:00 – 12:30
LEVEL:
Beginners
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Jill Shinnick
TELEPHONE:
Not available
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
jillshinnick@northantsadultlearning.org
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:


ATLA Class ID 173

DAY & TIME:
Tuesday 09:30 – 11:00
LEVEL:
Advanced
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Jill Shinnick
TELEPHONE:
Not available
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
jillshinnick@northantsadultlearning.org
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:

Community House, East Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 5RR (ATLA Class IDs 165, 166)

ADDRESS:
Community House, East Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 5RR

ATLA Class ID 165

DAY & TIME:
Friday 11:30 – 13:30
LEVEL:
Mixed
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Margaret Knight (Tutor)
TELEPHONE:
Not available
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
mkknight@tiscali.co.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:
Email tutor or write to Community House marking your envelope “Lipreading”


ATLA Class ID 166

DAY & TIME:
Thursday 10:30 – 12:30
LEVEL:
Mixed
CONTACT/TUTOR:
Margaret Knight (Tutor)
TELEPHONE:
Not available
MOBILE:
Not available
EMAIL:
mkknight@tiscali.co.uk
COST:
On request
COMMENTS:
Email tutor or write to Community House marking your envelope “Lipreading”

Lipreading Awareness Week September 2015

Many lipreading teachers held FREE taster sessions and events during this week. Over 50 successful events were held. Lipreading Awareness Week was September 14 to 19, though some events will take place after these dates. Watch this space for details of LAW 2016!

Try an Event Near You