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SIMEON HART BIO

Simeon was born to Deaf family and grew up using Sign Language. Throughout that time, British Sign Language had not yet been given its rightful recognition, which later happened in the late 1980s. His overseas experience began in 1997 when he was accepted as a Voluntary Services Overseas worker in the Philippines. He stayed there for three years and was one of the founding members of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf and of the Deaf Sports Philippines (renamed Phil Sports Federation of the Deaf). He is able to use various sign languages: BSL, FSL, ASL, and International Sign and his passion are found in working with developing countries. Currently, he is the President of the World Deaf Golf Federation. He graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Computer Studies (1987), a Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education - 1996) and a Masters in Social Enterprise (2006). In addition, he is passionate about politics and the rights of Deaf people. He has stood as a parliamentary candidate twice and four times as a councillor. He is self-employed, working in Deaf Mental Health, delivers lectures on a range of issues and since 2014 has been teaching BSL Level 1 and 2 at Liverpool Hope University. He is also a part-time Deaf relay interpreter. This year, he aims to complete an NVQ Level 6 in British Sign Language and go on to complete an interpreting course. In his spare time, he loves to play golf and travel. He is married to a well-known performer, Denise Armstrong and has two sons and a cute dog, Bonnie.