Phillip Wyatt: Having to Lipread

Phillip was born in 1959 in Bristol. He attended a local special school for deaf children in Bristol from the age of two. Then at age eleven he went to a residential special school for deaf children in Surrey, continuing on to the school's residential sixth form college.

Here Philip describes the difficulty of having to lipread in lessons.


The teaching was of a good standard, but having to lip read all day was exhausting. I never enjoyed Science. I found it impossible to lip read the teacher. I didn’t understand what was going on and inevitably everything I wrote down was wrong. The teacher used to get annoyed with me. Worse than Science was Metalwork. I hated it. I absolutely loathed it! We used to have to use some sort of file on the metal. I hated the sensation of it - eeuuurrggghh!

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