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Adam's Story
Football mad Adam's dream is to be a professional footballer. His achievements are many including being chosen to take part in the GB Deaf Football team, where he won a bronze medal and achieved his first England cap. To allow him to take part, Adam raised all his own money by cycling from Birmingham to Paris in under 24 hours, without support.

Adam wanted to find a job involving sport but because his first language is BSL, he struggled with the English language and worried that this might stop him from achieving his dream of working in sports.

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Asnath's Story
Talented young athlete Asnath lives in Birmingham and is passionate about sport. She was often frustrated by the lack of access to sporting opportunities for young deaf girls.

Asnath contacted BID's Sports Project, who helped her set up a local deaf ladies football team, which has now grown into a regular weekly activity.

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Audriana's Story
Audriana is a keen cook but was experiencing difficulty with the dials and controls on her new cooker. She also had issues with overfilling and spillage when pouring liquids.

As an avid writer, she also enjoyed studying but was no longer able to write legibly as her eyes became very tired quickly and blurry after short spells of reading or watching the television. A Functional Vision assessment was carried out and suitable magnifiers were identified.

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Brenda's Story
80 year old Brenda became deaf at the age of 2. Originally from Warrington, Brenda moved to Birmingham where she married and brought up her three children. She worked until the age of 50 and continued to live in the family home until mobility became an issue forcing Brenda to move into sheltered housing.

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Charlie's Story
Charlie was born in 1925 with a hearing impairment. He was not diagnosed until he was 5 years old and he was sent to a local deaf school in Birmingham.

Charlie was married with 3 children, 2 of whom are deaf. His wife has passed away and he still lives at home with one of his sons.

Charlie retired at the age of 65 after working with the Morris car company for 34 and half years.

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Diane's Story
Diane is hearing impaired after contracting meningitis at the age of 5. She attended a hearing school but was bullied because of her hearing loss. She got through school by learning to lip-read as there was no professional help in those days. She left school at 16 and went to college to study English and Maths.

Because of the bullying she received at school, Diane lacked confidence and stayed at home until she was 28.

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George's Story
George is 12 years old and was born into a hearing family. George attends BID's Deaf Youth Club every Wednesday and has also taken part in holiday activities. The Youth Club provides an environment for young deaf people to interact, socialise and learn a new range of skills such as arts, sports, media work and internet safety. George loves his two cats, playing on his go-kart in the garden and using his iPad to make mini films.

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Gwen's Story
Gwen is a profoundly deaf sign language user. When she was diagnosed with cancer, she did not have access to the communications support she needed, which made her feel excluded from decisions around her care and medical treatment. Gwen was told she had cancer on a post-it note by a healthcare professional. No-one should be told they have cancer on a post-it note.

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Jason's Story
Jason was referred to BID Services for a general assessment of needs and support with housing issues following his recent move to Northumberland. His vision impairment is due to an industrial accident resulting in no vision in his left eye combined with a deterioration of the poor sight to his right eye since childhood.

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Michael's Story
Michael lives on his own. In addition to his deteriorating sight, he has mild learning difficulties and as a result, is very anxious around strangers.

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Rajeev's Story
After years of playing badminton, Rajeev decided he would go into coaching. He is 48 years old and lives in Coventry with his wife and son. He is also profoundly deaf and a keen and successful badminton player who is often noted as the Deaf equivalent of Sir Steven Redgrave.

Through the Sport England Inclusive Sports Fund project at BID Services, Rajeev was able to obtain his Level 2 Badminton England coaching certificate and a weekly badminton session was set up in Birmingham for the deaf community.

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Richard's Story
Richard is a Sign Language user. Growing up, he attended a mainstream school but received very little support and was bullied. He then moved to a deaf school where his confidence grew and he later went on to college to study art. Upon leaving college, Richard struggled for 5 years to find a job, and was only able to get volunteering or temporary work and is still looking for a permanent job.

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Sonam's Story
Sonam is 25 years old and uses British Sign Language to communicate.

Growing up, she attended mainstream schools with specialist support units where she was confident and felt she received the support she needed. However, when she moved into mainstream college to do her Level 1 and 2 in childcare, she lost her confidence. She became anxious and was left feeling isolated which increased the amount of epileptic fits she was already experiencing.

Sonam has since left college and in 2014, started to look for work but had still not found an opportunity to use her skills in childcare.

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Thakarren's Story
Thakarren lives in Birmingham. As her whole family is hearing, communication at home was not always easy as English was not the family's first language. She grew up feeling isolated and there were a lot of communication breakdowns at home, until two of her sisters learned to sign.

Thakarren attended a deaf school then went on to college to study English, Maths and Accountancy.

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Wycliffe's Story
Born with perfect hearing and eyesight, Wycliffe suffered some hearing loss in his adult life and then acquired a visual impairment five years ago.

With a passion for food, Wycliffe went to college to study professional food and cookery. When he finished his studies, he signed on and started looking for jobs working with food. Although he attended a lot of interviews, he felt he was being turned down because of his disabilities. The Job Centre told him about BID's Employment Service, and we first met Wycliffe when he arrived at the Employment Service.

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