1. How did you come to know about Deaf Active Online?
I came across Deaf Active online through one of the Deaf trainers which was started last year 2020. They were delivering weekly sessions and I participated. That’s how I found out about it, and I really enjoyed it. I also participated in different online Deaf classes, such as HIIT, Pilates, and various other activities.
2. How useful have you found accessing Deaf Active Online?
I find Deaf active online very useful and accessible. I always wanted to do Pilates, which is useful for running as I go for a run on a regular basis. It was difficult for me to attend a normal class in the gym, but when deaf active online came about and it was led by a deaf trainer using British sign language (BSL), I instantly felt comfortable and part of the community. Everyone was equal. Regarding everything, it helps with my running performance.
3. What are the other benefits you have seen from accessing Deaf Active Online?
Before, I didn’t know any Deaf trainers across the UK, and with Deaf Active online, that’s when I knew there were other Deaf trainers delivering different activities, and that was positive. Another positive thing was, before, I tried to set up a running group locally in my area and there were not any deaf people. Deaf Active online allows me to set it up online to meet other Deaf people who are interested in running across the UK. It is positive to meet other Deaf people in the deaf community that share similar interests as me.
4. Have you found any barriers when accessing online exercise? What are these?
I don’t have any barriers to accessing online. I think it’s the other way round. I don’t have any barriers to using Deaf Active online. It has been a positive experience for me. Before the covid-19 pandemic, there were a lot of barriers. However, with Deaf Active Online, there are access, communication, and deaf people in the community across the UK. Of course, I would like to meet people face-to-face, but there’s an alternative way to meet them on Zoom.
5. What advice would you give to people that are looking to take part in an online activity programme like Deaf Active Online?
I think my advice is to ask Deaf people to participate in Deaf Active online and then set up a time and date to begin the session. Usually, it will eventually grow to get more people to join, like word of mouth. I would encourage Deaf people to come and participate and showcase their skills. So, everyone can share their skills and develop.