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John Smith, deaf comedian, 43, Nottingham

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor @gnelis
30th August, 2008

John Smith, deaf comedian, 43, Nottingham

I became deaf after contracting meningitis at the age of three. All of my family can hear and not one of them could sign, but I don’t blame them for that. They looked for advice and were told by doctors that it would be best if I learnt to speak.

The education system completely failed me. We were all forced to speak and listen - I’m profoundly deaf,...

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