Onur Kerey, our famous Uber driver!

Let’s start with a bit of background before we get to the present. Onur Kerey is a very sweet boy who contacted Lingoing a while back when he heard of our services through friends. Working as a Uber driver attracted him to us and that is when he started the whole process!

‘Hi i’m Onur welcome to my Uber 🙂 I’m Deaf so if you need to tell me something, please text me or when we’ve stopped you can write it in the notepad to show me.

You can use the AUX cable to play your own music- if you have anything with a strong bass I will enjoy it too. Thanks for bearing with me & have a great day 🙂 ‘

The message that Onur has in his car from the time he started driving! A passenger came across this and in minutes it went viral on social media!

Onur’s journey with us has been magnficient and to see him reach such heights in such little time has been an honour for our company.

SeeHear reached out to Onur and asked him if he would share his experience as an Uber driver, and of course Onur said yes!

The SeeHear team came to Lingoing and along with Onur we filmed a whole segment with their talented production crew. Onur was filmed in his element doing what he does best, driving as an Uber driver! Onur loved being the centre of attention and showing the world that Deafness has no barriers if you work hard enough to get rid of them.

If you work hard enough and get the right support, Onur with Lingoing behind him all the way have been a force to be reckoned with and have given him the support to go through the process of getting to where he is today and it has truly been a proud moment for us to see him being recognised. This would not have been possible without his determination  to achieve his dreams!

Deafness has always been a very taboo subject and in some places is still that, but we as a company are doing our best to overcome this and show people that Deafness is not a barrier and that Deaf people can achieve just as much as the next Hearing person.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you CAN’T do anything, because nothing is impossible. Onur has shown us that a little bit of hard work and an excellent support system can make anything possible.


Deaf and Mute man chained up for 10 years by his mother!

The story of Zhiqiang and his mother is the reason why it is so important to understand and treat Deaf/mute people equal to as you would a hearing person.

As a young Deaf person it is essential for parents to give the child extra support and attention at the time when a child is growing and learning to develop their own independence. This process prepares the child for the things coming in the future and creates a certain learning curve that enables the child to develop further.

Zhiqiang’s mother put him into a special needs school and after some time on his return he had mental problems which caused him to be aggressive towards other people and his mother felt he couldn’t go to school and instead chained him up and locked him in a room where he was not treated any less than an animal.

This whole situation in some ways is not of any fault of the mother Yue Rong and the family but merely comes down to lack of education, lack of awareness of the way the Deaf world works. There is a serious lack of simple compassion and a lot of frustration due to lack of resources that the government should be providing for people like Zhiqiang.

We all need to understand that being Deaf is not a disease or an illness that needs to be cured. Deaf people can do the same things a normal hearing person can and it hurts us to see how people in other countries are being treated just because they can’t be understood.

We as a company at Lingoing are trying to help change that concept and give Deaf people the opportunities that they deserve by opening up avenues in which Deaf people can become more independent and work in professions that they have the qualifications and skills for. We are working hard to provide the highest level of interpreting help that is needed for the communication needs that they require.

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Amazon in India launches a ‘Silent Delivery station for the Deaf!

They say the third world countries have been a lot more slower in recognising individuals with learning difficulties, especially Deafness. Today we have seen differently in a less developed country like India.

Amazon is a large worldwide company that offers delivery services for endless items. Very recently Amazon has introduced a ‘Silent Delivery station’ which is going to be entirely managed by Deaf associates in order to create more job opportunities for the Deaf. The station has trained the Deaf associates to deliver packages by bus or on foot in a radius of 2-3km. They have also been given proper sign language training for this!

The one thing that stood out and really attracted me to this news is what Akhil Saxena, vice president of Amazon India had to say, ‘Our vision is to create opportunities for individuals to realise their potential and transform their lives…’

Saxena believes that they can effectively use their resources and infrastructure of new ideas and technology to enable widespread diversity within the Deaf community and hep them succeed to their highest potential.

The whole idea of launching this station was so that the employment industry in a place like India can see how Deaf people deserve the same opportunities as the Hearing and are presented with the same advantages that will help them improve their livelihood.

It made us very happy as a company trying to give the same opportunities to Deaf people in the UK to see that other countries, especially ones like India, where this problem is seen as a very taboo subject in most areas even today, are giving the Deaf the chance they deserve in employment and the chance to make their lives better by working and earning money through their own hard work and not having to rely fully on benefits.

This is definitely something that Amazon should think to expand in to the UK and different parts of the world so that Deaf people can easily work in different areas of the company which can enhance their potential and boost their self confidence.

We urge Amazon to work on this as soon as possible and at the same time congratulate them on the innovative idea and implementation of this amazing  silent delivery station that they have set up! Well done Amazon!




Lingoing are getting more deaf drivers on the road alongside Uber London!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Davidi, the Accessibility Operations Manager at Uber, and discussed his experiences working with Lingoing and visiting the monthly held d/Deaf forums for Uber partners that we helped process to gain their full license.

1. What do you do for work?

I work in the ‘Uber for Everyone’ team – which focuses on two main areas: We look after 1) Electric vehicles and 2) Accessibility, including products such as uberACCESS and uberASSIST. This is also where our partnership with Lingoing fits, working together to achieve our joint aim to make the platform available  for anyone wanting to join Uber as a partner-driver. Lingoing is key to this, making the process easier for d/Deaf individuals to get licensed and join the platform.

2. Have these experiences made you more deaf aware?

Absolutely!  Speaking with Liz has given me an insight into the difficulties that drivers may face when processes are not created with deaf people in mind – small things you wouldn’t necessarily have thought about. It was also interesting to see sign communication with a large group in action, and to see the differences between BSL and ASL. Overall, the Deaf forum was extremely interesting.

3. How did you get in contact with Lingoing?

I joined the team after contact had already been made with Lingoing … My main contact has been with Liz, who has been invaluable in introducing me to this space –  through Lingoing Liz and Fateha have been extremely effective at creating a clear and navigable path for  the d/Deaf partner licensing and on-boarding processes and highlighting potential improvements for the app in general.

4. What experiences have you gained from the deaf forum?

Some issues came up in the forum – issues that highlight the specific challenges facing d/Deaf partner-drivers and which perhaps the Uber team hadn’t focussed on previously. For example, what happens if a deaf partner-driver picks up a blind rider? What if the rider wants to make a stop? There were also a lot of more general questions about employment, joining a new platform and the practical steps required. I also had a few questions of my own! Overall it was a great opportunity for deaf partners to get together and share their experiences with us but, more importantly, each other.

5. Did you like the feedback?

Fantastic! It was an enlightening experience for our team and hope we were able to contribute too.

Working with Uber has been an amazing experience for Lingoing as further barriers have been broken down due to the onset of allowing Deaf drivers onto the road and we hope our work with Uber continues to be a great success with establishing more job prospects for deaf people! Uber should be commended for their efforts in making this possible.

Communication is spreading like wildfire!

There was a time when Deaf people were hard to understand. The society was very less tolerant in who and what they could and would accept. Today is a whole different world.

Worldly affairs and political crisis in certain countries have deprived Deaf children of the simple education and communication skills that they deserve. Communication between the hearing and Deaf generally all over the world for the Deaf was once a taboo, but not anymore.

In Syria a 15 year old brother and 7 year old sister fled violence and had to be moved to Turkey and then final destination, the United States. This upheaval meant that they did not receive the education and opportunity to learn a complete language, but after moving to the United states and being in a school with other Deaf children and seeing more children like themselves being accepted and happy, these children have become entirely different individuals. They have rapidly learnt how to sign, maybe not amazingly well yet, but enough to make others understand them and express their feelings and emotions, something that they had NEVER been able to do with their own family even.

In today’s day and age it is almost impossible to believe that a Deaf child has lived around 14-15 years without ANY form of communication, almost so saddening that it makes me shudder and bring a tear to my eye.

I agree that in some parts of the world Deafness is still shunned, kept very quiet and seen as a disability that is so severe that children and adults are almost kept locked away. This isn’t because that’s what it is, a contagious illness of some sort, but because in those parts of the world the society is still to be educated.

Deafness is something to be proud of and the society we live in today to some extent takes pride in their Deaf identity. Even though ‘communication is spreading like wildfire’, we have a long way yet to go in order for us to achieve total equality.

Lingoing is constantly thinking of innovative ideas to achieve this!

Visual Culture

Some deaf people identify themselves as deaf with an inability to hear, and Deaf as in deaf people who are culturally immersed in the community, language and more. So no longer see themselves as deaf but as Deaf, redefined by their “disability” but feeling a part of something private and visual culture that sits within the hearing world and is a community united by experience and shared experience….” Saduf COO Lingoing.

 Saduf wrote this to explain the use of d/Deaf in articles that will be used on the different social media platforms for Lingoing. It brought about a very interesting discussion. One little phrase used “Visual culture”; there are a lot of reasons why I love Saduf, but the main one has to be how complex her brain and thinking process is! We have all heard about Deaf culture but Visual culture? A debate was started. It was interesting how we could not explain the link visual culture has in the deaf community and how it can be used. As hearing people involved in the deaf community and use sign language, “deaf culture” and its definition is easy to explain, but “Visual culture”?? that was a new one.

So off I went to do more reading about it. The first thing that came to mind was how in my BSL training, our tutor often talked about iconicity. “The state of being iconic in all meanings” This would usually follow with visual examples of famous people and what they are visually identified by.


We all knew who he was talking about without him finger spelling their names. Evidence of a shared culture that can be described visually.

The research began. After having an idea of what Saduf was talking about, I looked up some articles that covered the subject. It made for an interesting read. The definition that was very popular was by Nicholas Mirzoeff and it seemed to sum it all up nicely.

“Visual culture is best understood as a tactic for studying the functions of a world addressed through pictures, images and visualisation rather than through texts and words”.

Many academic fields study this subject, including cultural studies, art history, critical theory, philosophy, media studies and anthropology. They explain it as “the aspect of culture expressed in visual images”

In his book, Mirzoeff went on to explain that visual culture does not depend on pictures but on this modern tendency to picture or visualize existence. Having experienced meeting Deaf people from different countries who use different sign language being able to communicate just 30 minutes of meeting is truly amazing. They relied on this “Visual culture” to start their communication, and in no time, where able to carry on a conversation. The BDA (British Deaf Association) on their website, when talking about the Deaf community and what it is, said “Deafness here is a description of a state of being: it defines a group of people who share a perception of the world through an emphasis on visual and kinaesthetic input” (Tactile learning) Hearing people have come a long way understanding the importance of Deaf culture, but may not understand that visual culture is equally important. It unites Deaf people from all over the world enabling them to communicate with each other in no time and enriches them in their own country.

So how can I implement this in my own practice? I will strive to embrace Visual culture and not shy away from using iconic states and images when I am signing. This will help Deaf people I come across feel comfortable with me as hopefully they will recognise that I am aware of their culture. When a Deaf person does not have to work hard understanding what I am signing, then I can truly say that I have given a good service interpreting.

So, Saduf, looking forward to seeing what pops out of your brilliant brain next…. lol


As part of the team at Lingoing, I wanted to share something with you guys today!

My role at Lingoing is the Business Developer and I absolutely love working with our team!

As a child I have grown up with a deaf sibling and so developing an education about the Deaf world was known to me, it was something that came naturally to us as a family. When we were talking as a family or watching TV it was essential that we spoke using sign language or made sure the subtitles were on all the time.  ‘Spoke using sign language’, it sounds weird right? But that wasn’t and isn’t weird for those who are aware of the communication barriers between the Deaf and hearing.

Around 30 odd years ago people were a lot less educated about the Deaf and what their needs and wants were. Deaf people were almost hid away because it was seen as a disability that hindered living a normal life. My parents along with other parents in the group at that time had a big hand in getting Deaf children the rights that they were entitled to just as the hearing children were.

I came across a video today with the hashtag #nomorevoicing and I wanted to know more. The video explained how everything should have captions and this hashtag has been created to make this concept stand out and show the world that they need to adapt this to every video, TV program, etc.

I grew up with subtitles and its become a part of my life, I as a hearing person physically can not watch and understand a program clearly if I don’t have the captions/subtitles turned on, and its not something to be embarrassed about, I feel proud!

Today I don’t see Deafness as a disability, yes maybe it is classed as a  disability in medical terms, but not in today’s society. Deafness is an identity, just as every person from a different religion has a different identity.  Its a sense of pride, and every Deaf person takes pride in who they are in today’s society.

We at Lingoing believe there should not be any barriers and we are working towards eliminating this. Help us to help the hearing and the Deaf community scream out to the world that ‘Whether we are Hearing or Deaf, we are proud!’

#Lingoing #getridofthebarriers #nomorevoicing #Deafpride #Deaflove