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Lipreading Awareness Week 2017

LAW (Lipreading Awareness Week) 2017 will take place from Monday 11th to Friday 15th September. Lipreading teachers will be providing free taster sessions demonstrating what goes on in a lipreading class.  See the News and Events page for further details.

So far tasters have been announced for

Watch this space for more …

Lipreading Awareness Week 2017: two taster sessions at City Lit, Central London

 Venue: Both at City Lit,  1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BA.  (main site)

Date:  Tues 12th Sept

Time:  11.00-12.30

Booking direct here:

12 places maximum.

Date:  Wed 13th Sept

Time: 18.00- 19.30

Booking direct here:

12 places max on each.

Or contact

Lipreading Awareness Week 2017: 2 taster sessions in North London

Please note these two  sessions take place in the first week of September
Venue:  St. Mary’s Church, Hendon Lane, London N3 1RT
Date and time: Wednesday 6th September, 2 pm – 3pm
Venue:  2 Allum Lane, Elstree, Borehamwood WD6 3PJ
Date and time: Wednesday 6th September, 10am – 11 am
Contact  for further information: Janet Zysblat, 07968 755 492 or

Lipreading Awareness Week 2017: 5 taster sessions in Buckinghamshire

Contact for further information for all sessions:  Judy Perry,

Misbourne Room, Gerrards Cross Community Association,  The Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross SL9 7AD
Date and time:  Tuesday 12th September, 2pm

Venue:  offices of Universal Care, 9 Windsor End, Beaconsfield Old Town, HP9 2JJ
Date and time: Wednesday 13th September 11am

Venue: Denham Garden Village, Denham Green Lane, UB9 5LB (NB: this session is for residents of DGV only)
Date and time: Thursday 14th September, 10am
Venue: Cherry Baker Room, Community Centre, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough, HP27 9AX
Date and time: Friday 15th September 10.30am
Venue: Community Room, Wendover Library, High Street, Wendover HP22 6DU
Date and time: Friday 15th September 1.30pm


Tutor opportunities in Leicestershire

The Leslie Edwards Trust is seeking a lipreading tutor urgently for the Leicestershire area – primarily for daytime teaching.

Although our tutors are freelance and free to seek out additional opportunities, we aim to have long term relationships where we find the funding to support lipreading classes in Leicestershire.

We should be glad to hear from anyone ATLA trained or in training who could work in the Leicestershire area. We should also like to hear from anyone interested in training who we should be able to support to attend one of the ATLA recognised courses. We also have a short term opportunity for a trained tutor.

The Leslie Edwards Trust is a small charity aiming to help hearing impaired people in the Leicestershire area by providing lipreading and communication learning. Our first class was in 2011 and many hearing impaired people have benefited from the increased confidence that the classes provide. We currently have classes in Loughborough (2), Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough and others have been requested.

If you are interested or know anyone that might be, you can find more information on Alternatively, email Jack Sandover on We’d love to hear from you.


Exmouth & District U3A

Lipreading tutor Ruth Bizley will be giving a talk all about lipreading to Exmouth and District U3A on Thursday 13th July, 10am for 10.30 start.

The venue will be –

The Pavilion, Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ.

Do go along, it is sure to be interesting.


Training opportunity for a would-be lipreading tutor

for the Central England Lipreading Support Trust (CELST), a charity based in Warwickshire, whose aim is to provide Lipreading Courses for people with hearing loss.

We currently have four courses running – in Coventry, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and Stratford upon Avon and are hoping to expand to Solihull this coming September.

Our Lipreading teacher is unable to take more courses and we would like to expand to other surrounding areas.
We are looking for one of the following:-

  • An ATLA qualified teacher who has capacity to work in our geographical area to provide lipreading courses
  • A student who is currently undergoing training at an ATLA approved college, who will be looking for work once their training is complete
  • An interested adult who would be willing to undergo training at an ATLA approved college, where CELST would provide the course fees.

If you fall into one of the above criteria, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Christine Jackson at

ATLA is 40!

ATLA has reached a milestone anniversary – its 40th year. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only country in the world that has formal lipreading teacher training courses, with a recognised qualification and a professional supporting body.

Read more of our history here.

Sound: Stories of hearing lost and found

A fascinating book about one woman’s experience of losing and regaining her hearing. It’s currently (May 22-26) being read on Radio 4 as Book of the Week. (NOT the ideal medium! ATLA will contact the BBC.)

In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. She wasn’t just missing punchlines, she was missing most of the conversation – and all of the jokes.  (ATLA says, ‘If only Bella had known about lipreading classes!’) For the next twelve years deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again.

Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and – as Bella eventually did – to get it back, and what that teaches you about listening and silence, music and noise. She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers, sign language, and what the deaf know about these subjects that the hearing don’t.

If sight gives us the world, then hearing – or our ability to listen – gives us each other. But, as this engaging and intelligent examination reveals, our relationship with sound is both personal and far, far more complex than we might expect.

Available from libraries and bookshops,  Sound by Bella Bathurst is published by the Wellcome Collection, and the reading is available on iPlayer here until 26th June 2017


Stories for lipreaders – new website launched

A group of Hampshire lipreading tutors, lipreaders and techno-wizards has joined forces with local writers to develop an exciting new website, which uses short stories to help people with hearing loss.

Stories for Lipreading‘ is a new, free website for people with hearing loss, which offers the chance to practise lipreading skills and enjoy some good writing at the same time. Lipreading is a vital method of communication for people with hearing loss: it is a way of recognising lip shapes and patterns – as well as facial expressions and context – to help make sense of conversations.

Stories for Lipreading’ provides films of short stories being read aloud by trained lipreading tutors. There are printable sheets to accompany each film, so lipreaders can choose how much support they want in reading each story.

Stories for Lipreading’ is ideal for more experienced lipreaders, says Meg Finlayson, one of the lipreading tutors who helped to set up the project. ‘It can give them the chance to practise lipreading longer phrases – with the big advantage that you can pause and rewind the film if you lose the thread.  If only life was like that!’


Invisible Music

This promotional video is based on the thoughts and feelings towards music, of the Winchester Lipreading Class. The ‘finished article’ will be performed at the Winchester Theatre Royal early next year and then at the Southbank,

Chair of ATLA on Breakfast TV

Molly Berry, Chair of ATLA, appeared on Breakfast TV on March 17. Speaking about the development of a machine to lipread by a team of researchers from Oxford University, Molly managed to broaden the topic to cover the day-to-day lipreading that we as deaf and hard of hearing people have to do. She explained some of the problems we as lipreaders face, and provided the practical tips that we teach in lipreading classes.

Walks and talks for lipreaders

The latest walk for lipreaders has been announced, book early to avoid dissapointment –

walks & talks for lipreaders

Sunday, 12th March, 2017

11.30 am – 1.30 pm

Meet: Under the Big Clock on the Concourse


Waterloo Station

The South Bank and the Festival of Britain

Walk with Diane Burstein, London Blue Badge Guide

and Lipspeakers Lynne Dubin & Dilys Palin


 On this walk we go back to 1951 when the Festival of Britain took Londoners out of post war austerity to marvel at the latest innovations in art, design, industry and technology at a festival to celebrate the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Find out how this event was a catalyst for the regeneration of the entire South Bank which is today famous for its arts centre. We trace the surviving remnants of the festival including, two sculptures and the recently restored Royal Festival Hall. We view the post festival arts centres such as the National Theatre and finish with a great riverside panoramic view from the riverside walkway adjacent to the Oxo Tower.

Tickets £7.00 pp, payable in advance. Please complete form below & send with cheque made out to: Lynne Dubin, to Walks&Talks for Lipreaders, 48 Cunliffe Close, Oxford OX2 7BL. The ‘ticket’ will be sent out by e-mail. People without e-mail should enclose a S.A.E. Advance booking essential

Contact: Lynne SMS 07890 103 777 OR E-mail:


Sunday, 12 March, 2017 BOOK SouthBank, Festival of Britain



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