Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Signs Are Good for Change in Attitude; TYNESIDE EVENT HIGHLIGHTS ISSUES AFFECTING DEAF PEOPLE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Signs Are Good for Change in Attitude; TYNESIDE EVENT HIGHLIGHTS ISSUES AFFECTING DEAF PEOPLE

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Byline: By ROBERT WEATHERALL

THERE may have been magicians, animation, sketches, acting and other acts, but this was a variety show with a difference.

That is because it was part of the British Deaf Association's annual conference.

Deaf people from as far a field as Australia, Sri Lanka and America joined hundreds from around the UK for the major event on Tyneside.

One of those performing was Newcastle based magician Alex Jobson.

The 25-year-old, who has been deaf since birth and a professional magician since 2004, said: "This has been a really good event. It is good for the deaf community to come together and discuss issues that affect them.

"I have had a lot of fun performing here, and the crowd seem to have enjoyed it also."

The three-day event, which finishes today, gave a chance for deaf and hard of hearing people to get together, form friendships and offer advice and support to one another.

The event, which was held at the Swallow Hotel in Gateshead, was organised by BDA chairman Terry Riley. …

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