Deaf and self employed. Nigel asks – are you Game?

1 11 2007

Nigel has become famous among London’s deaf community and is now branching out into the rest of the world – that includes the hearing world! He is the proud owner of Game Ideas Ltd and has produced a new game called Cuberty.

Cuberty is a three dimensional word game which has been highly recommended by this year’s Good Toy guide. It’s fabulous. He brought one into the pub one night and that was it. Killed the conversation stone dead. (Deaf people can only look at one thing at a time, remember?!)

Be quick, as it’s a runaway success, and the christmas deadline is 10 December – it’s even earlier if you want a Cuberty set posted abroad. Nigel Cuberty is being sold to schools, retail outlets, individuals and on the internet. Nigel says, ‘It’s keeping me busy’ – well that’s the understatement of the year!

In March 2007 Nigel talked about the history of Cuberty and its exhibition at the Toy Fair in the BBC2 programme ‘See Hear‘. The presenters of the show and the schoolchildren who played it all spoke highly of the game. Nigel’s autobiography was published in April 2007 in RNID‘s ‘One in Seven’ magazine. The Inwords game has been published in the One in Seven magazine and in The Times.

Cue: Ooooooooooooohhh! (And no, I still haven’t asked Nigel for his autograph)

Words are formed across and down as in a crossword but also vertically downwards and above the playing surface. People think of it as 3D Scrabble but it is a better game. Trade enquiries are welcome. It costs £19.99 plus £4.99 for P+P (please enquire for P+P rates for overseas orders). You can buy Cuberty online or send a cheque payable to Game Ideas Ltd, and send it to Games Ideas Ltd, PO Box 311, Bicester, OX26 4ZZ, United Kingdom. For security, it will be sent as ‘signed for’ so give an address where someone will be there to sign for it. Otherwise your postman will nick it!

Help. I am surrounded by all these entrepreneurs! Intrigued, I asked Nigel how he likes being an entrepreneur who happens to have a hearing loss. Surely it can’t be easy? It must be that much harder when you are deaf as well. Nigel commented – ‘One thing is for sure, anyone who thinks setting up a business, let alone trying with hearing loss, is easy has got it wrong!’ I got him to sit still for five minutes and asked him some nosey questions.

Q. Being self employed, what has been the hardest thing to cope with when you’re deaf?
Nigel: Telephone conversations. I can’t make out what’s being said very well even though I have two digital hearing aids (Oticon Spirit II). At home, my BT Converse 225 amplifier phone helps a lot but if the caller is using a mobile phone and the reception is bad then it’s a nightmare. Answer phones – eek !

Q. Has the entertainment world adapted well to your hearing loss?
Nigel: Some people are very helpful, others aren’t. It depends on the person, but I have been very lucky with those I’ve met.

Q. How do you cope with networking and the social side of business communications?
Nigel: In meetings with more than two other people, it is a real strain. The best thing to do is to be positive about what you do hear and ignore the rest since stress makes the situation worse.

Q. If you had your time over again, would you change anything?
Nigel: I’d win the Lottery LOL

Q. Do you have any tips for other deaf people who want to be self employed?
Nigel: Go for it. Have no regrets – just try your best. If you don’t try, you’ll never know. Blind and deaf people have made it.

Game on, Nigel. Isn’t he fantastic?!

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