June 18, 2013
A couple of weeks ago we wrote an article about Deaf Lounge - a cool new bar in North London. Deaf Lounge is the inspired creation of Paul Cripps and Domani Peir who decided to set up the first bar that can act as a social venue for people with hearing impairments.
The Deaf Lounge, which welcomes both deaf and non-deaf customers, has a range of different features which make it a beneficial environment for deaf people. The staff are trained in sign language, there is bright lighting, so customers can see each other speak with signs, and pens and paper are provided for writing messages. It’s a brilliant and unique venue which helps to make style more accessible to the less-able.
When we reviewed the Deaf Lounge we really wanted to be able to give it a full 3 BBS Ticks. As a venue that is aimed at being extra accessible for the deaf while remaining stylish, it fit perfectly with what Blue Badge Style is all about. The problem was that, at the moment, they don’t have a disabled toilet. And here’s where the update comes in:
Having spoken to the guys at Deaf Lounge, we found out that they do want to put a wheelchair accessible toilet into the bar. The problem is that after the initial cost of setting up the bar there wasn’t enough money left to install one.
They’ve now started fundraising in earnest with building a disabled toilet at the top of their agenda when they have the funds. As well as that, they’re also raising money to provide British Sign Language lessons and Deaf DJing classes. All good causes worth contributing to if you possibly can.
If you want to make a contribution then head to their fundraising page. The Deaf Lounge has already done so much to make a bar that is accessible for deaf people. Wouldn’t it be great if it could be 100% accessible to wheelchair users too?!
Bar staff know sign language
June 17, 2013
Dear Readers, please help us and get your favourite venues signed up for a PAD; where their facilities can be displayed on line from the point of view of a “less able customer”.
June 19, 2013
Porterhouse North is one of the Porterhouse Brewing Company’s bars in Glasnevin, Dublin. It’s found in a former garage that has been converted into a quirky art deco bar. It’s a good alternative to some of the more central Porterhouse places if you’re not in the centre of Dublin.
The main focus of the bar is beer. The founding principle of Porterhouse is a passion for beer. The bar has a variety of their own craft beers, along with other beers from around the world. They also have a good selection of cocktails and some really tasty pizzas should you been in the mood to eat.
The access sounds really rather good. There is completely step free access from the street with no steps to get into the bar. They have a lift to get to the first floor area and a disabled toilet back by the entrance.
We give Porterhouse North a provisional 2.5 BBS Ticks.
June 19, 2013
This is a NHS leaflet on ‘Communication tactics’ for people who have a hearing loss or are speaking to somebody with a hearing loss. We thought we’d include it here because it’s very helpful for anyone who’s ever been in this position. We’ve included the original image of the pamphlet and the text-only version below. We hope this is helpful!
1 IN 7 of the adult population has a hearing loss
The following is a quick guide as to how you can help yourself and other to hear better
MANIPULATE THE ENVIRONMENT
- Reduce background noise where possible.
- Choose quiet surroundings wherever possible.
- Always speak to other people from the same room.
- Rooms with soft furnishings reduce echo.
- Sit where the light falls on the speakers face.
- Would another part of the room be quieter?
- Turn down the volume of your hearing aid in noisy places.
- Sit so that you reduce any distraction from behind.
- Using mats and tablecloths helps reduce echoes and harsh sounds.
If a situation is difficult for you it will be difficult of everyone.
A little extra effort eases frustration for everyone.
IF YOU HAVE A HEARING IMPAIRMENT….
- Don’t stand too far away from the speaker.
- Face the speaker and keep light on their face.
- Make sure that you can see the face/lips of the speaker and watch for expressions and gestures
- Ask the speaker to get your attention first.
- Encourage people when starting a conversation to start with the subject at the beginning.
- Don’t be afraid to ask the speaker to repeat themselves or to rephrase.
- Ask the speaker to slow down and speak clearly.
- Explain that you have a hearing loss and then tell people how they can help you.
- Be assertive.
- Try to keep calm and don’t panic.
Simple considerations can help you to use your
hearing more effectively, think about each
situation and how you can improve things!!
IF YOU ARE SPEAKING TO SOMEONE WHO HAS A HEARING IMPAIRMENT…
- Attract the listener’s attention.
- Ensure the listener knows the topic.
- Do not shout.
- Do not over exaggerate lip movement.
- Speak clearly but not too slowly.
- Keep your hand away from your face.
- Keep the light on your face.
- Remove sunglasses.
- Put down your cup of tea or cigarette.
- Rephrase and don’t just repeat a single word.
- Remember the listener is watching you closely because they are lip reading
- Move close to the listener.
Hearing Aids cannot restore normal hearing!
COMMUNICATION is a TWO way process!
June 18, 2013
The Last Word Saloon is the sister bar of the previously reviewed Bramble Bar in Edinburgh. It’s a cocktail bar that, like Bramble, is underground but the staff are happy to help you get up and down the stairs.
The only issues that can arise are that when it is busy, getting around in a chair could be difficult and also if you need to loo there could be a problem as, unfortunately, they don’t have a disabled toilet …
The Last Word Saloon only gets a provisional 1 BBS Tick
1 BBS Tick… No disabled toilet but very stylish
Cocktail bar in Edinburgh
Underground bar but the staff will help you in !
June 17, 2013
Flavour, by Scott Davies-McKenzie, is in Cavendish Square. According to the Metro it is “A former private members’ club, housed in what used to be the Spanish Embassy, converted into a hotel, ‘boutique’ nightclub, bar and restaurant serving ‘Tuscan Italian and French cuisine with slight hints of the Caribbean’.”
There are 4 steps into the building, which people will help you over. Once inside there is a lift up to the restaurant where there are no other steps and they do have a disabled toilet!
Flavour gets a provisional 2.5 BBS Ticks
By Scott Davies-McKenzie
Stylish & Accessible
2.5 BBS Ticks!