A Lipspeaker is a hearing person trained to repeat a speaker’s message to lipreaders accurately, without using their voice. They produce the shape of words, the flow, rhythm and phrasing of natural speech and repeat the stress as used by the speaker.
The Lipspeaker also uses facial expression, natural gesture and fingerspelling and Sign Supported English (if requested) to aid the lipreader’s understanding. A Lipspeaker may be asked to use their voice, thus enabling the lipreader to benefit from any residual hearing.
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Who would use a Lipspeaker?
Lipspeakers are mainly used by deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people who use lipreading as their first means of communication with other people. These lipreaders generally have good English skills and a preference to access communication via lipreading. A hearing person may use a Lipspeaker to communicate with deaf people within a wide range of situations, such as:
- Social Services
- Training and courses
- Access to work
- Mental health
- Medical appointments
- Community settings
- Roadshows / Tradeshows
- Theatre and Performances
- Clubs and group activities
All of the Lipspeakers we work with are registered with the National register for Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Disabled people (NRCPD). Most are also members of The Association of Lipspeakers, Visual Language Professionals (VLP), The Association of Lipspeakers with Additional sign or other professional associations.
All of our lipspeakers have:
- Enhance DBS (formally CRB) checks
- Personal Indemnity Insurance
- Public Liability Insurance
- Actively seek and attend appropriate training
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