Disabled mums and sign names

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On this month's Ouch talk show: the risks you take as a disabled mum and what sign language users might be saying about you.

A nice meaty programme for January. We delve deep into Deaf culture (note the capital D) and discover that sign language users can be pretty personal with their communication as we discuss the direct nature of the vocabulary they choose and how you are given your own 'sign name'. We also look at education in the month a 220 year old school for deaf children closes.


How to listen

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Guests: Deaf London campaigner Tomato Lichy, editor of The Limping Chicken blog Charlie Swinbourne and Katie Raworth, mum to four-year-old Zavier who is deaf and starts school in September.

Watch a YouTube video of children at a deaf school in London on why the school is so important for them.

Two disabled mums join us to talk about the decisions they made before choosing to go ahead and have a child. Their pregnancies were more complex, involved more risks to mum and baby, but they found a way through. They are social media campaigner, and recent mum, Kaliya Franklin who has the arthritic condition Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and Beth Whitby, a wheelchair-using mother with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). They're also joined by Dr Tom Shakespeare who talks about the screening that's available and how parents need the right kind of information before choosing to terminate a pregnancy.


Watch: Deaf rappers taking on the music industry

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