Paul Challinor: I’m a web designer and entrepreneur who just happens to be deaf (BSL)

Hello! My name is Paul, and I am a professional web designer and entrepreneur. I’m based in Buckinghamshire, and I specialise in creating accessible and intuitive websites for a diverse range of clients. I happen to be deaf, which has given me a unique perspective on accessibility and communication in the digital space. My web design business is all about providing tailored solutions to businesses and individuals looking to establish or enhance their online presence. A typical day for me involves client consultations, designing mockups, coding, and testing for accessibility. I also spend time staying up-to-date with the latest web technologies and design trends. I was inspired to start my own business by the desire for independence and the challenge of creating designs that communicate effectively without sound. This was both a personal passion and a market need I identified. Being deaf in this field comes with challenges, particularly around communication with clients who may not be familiar with working with someone who is deaf. I overcome these by using various communication tools and making sure there’s a clear understanding of the project requirements from the outset. The most common misconception about deafness is that it prevents effective communication. In reality, it just changes the way communication happens. As for web design, people often think it’s just about making things look pretty, when in fact it’s about problem-solving and functionality. I love the creative and technical aspects of my work. Bringing a client’s vision to life and seeing their business grow as a result is incredibly rewarding. Memorable moments come with every project launch — it’s a culmination of hard work and collaboration. Challenges are part and parcel of the job, from tight deadlines to complex technical issues, but they’re what keep the work exciting. To another deaf person looking to follow a similar path, I’d say: Embrace your unique perspective, be confident in your skills, and don’t shy away from advocating for the communication methods that work best for you. And for someone considering training in web design, I’d advise: Go for it! The field is constantly evolving, and there’s always something new to learn. Plus, the digital world is vast, and there are plenty of resources and communities to support you. You can check out Paul’s portfolio and see his range of services on his website at and Enjoying our eggs? Support The Limping Chicken: The Limping Chicken is the world’s most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf  journalist,   screenwriter and director Charlie Swinbourne. Our posts represent the opinions of blog authors, they do not represent the site’s views or those of the site’s editor. Posting a blog does not imply agreement with a blog’s content. Read our disclaimer here  and read our privacy policy here . Find out how to write for us by clicking here, and how to follow us by clicking here. The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below: BSL Zone: TV programmes in BSL for the Deaf community Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting – find out about listening fatigue. Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions, including the mobile phone transceiver! SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online SignHealth: check out the BSL health library 999 BSL: call 999 in an emergency, in BSL Appa: Looking for RSLIs, TSLIs and CSWs, apply here! Mary Hare School: Education for deaf children and young people Speaksee: See what you can’t hear! Signly: Adding BSL to websites Signworld: Learn BSL online! DCAL: world-class research into deafness, cognition and language Action Deafness: “A Deaf-Led Charity” – interpreting & community support services Sign Solutions: Instant access to Interpreters, training and BSL translation nationwide InterpretersLive: On demand BSL video interpretation Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts National Deaf Children’s Society: The leading charity for deaf children Site posts