A book by a Deaf Author recommended by one of our Deaf members.

One of our Deaf members recommended an interesting book called 'Innocents of Oppression: Deaf or Not, You are Not Alone...' wrote by Nick Sturley, a Deaf author.

Oppression'Innocents of Oppression is a powerful and controversial coming of age story. Based upon real events, it delivers a candid insight into life at a boarding school for the Deaf. Viewed from both Deaf and hearing perspectives, it weaves in contemporary Deaf issues and history, making this ground breaking work of fiction an unforgettable read. The story begins in 1977 when Chris, a popular but troubled 13 year old, meets Aaron, an intelligent new boy at a traditional English oral boarding school for Deaf boys. They form a close and intense friendship; one that forces them down a path they would have never dared to predict - a path where they seek to understand themselves, their learning, the strength of their loyalties and their sexuality. All of this within the school s melting pot of adolescent fervour, estranged family life, bullying and abuse. But it is the new teacher from Germany, and the blind hatred of sign language he orchestrates, that leads to a shattering climax which changes the school...... Forever.'

Thinking of buying it? Or give to someone as a gift? You can buy the book online on www.innocentsofoppression.com or via Amazon UK

Useful links

 Newcastle City Council Social Care Direct - Adult social care services for deaf, hard of hearing, blind, partially sighted, deafblind people. Click here for more information.

If anyone Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing living in Newcastle is struggling they can arrange a needs assessment by contacting Social Care Direct on 0191 2788377 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Once the assessment is complete, equipment can be offered free of charge and is not means tested.  Once equipment has been provided subsequent equipment would need to be self-funded. There is a website to support the identification of equipment and clients should visit www.myequipmentnewcastle.org.uk

Another Council Services can be found on this link http://www.deaflink.org.uk/important-services/city-council

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