Who are lipspeakers?Lipspeakers are used by people who are deaf and prefer to communicate through lipreading and speech. They repeat what's said without using their voice, so others can read their lips easily.
They produce the shape of words clearly, with the flow, rhythm and phrasing of speech. They also use natural gestures and facial expressions to help people follow what is being said. They will use fingerspelling if you request.
Getting the right lipspeakerLipspeakers are regulated the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) or the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) for Scotland. Registered lipspeakers must confidentiality and stay completely impartial.
How many lipspeakers do I need?Lipspeakers should have a break about every 30 minutes. For assignments that are more than two hours long, you should book two lipspeakers.
If you want to learn lipreading, see our leaflet learning to lipread. If you've booked a lipspeaker, you may find it useful to read our factsheet Working with a lipspeaker.
Find out how to book a lipspeaker, or contact us for more information on 0845 685 8000 (telephone) or 0845 685 8001 (textphone) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.