Sunday, 14 December 2014

Signature - BSL Homework - Christmas

Signature, a national charity, campaign to improve the standards of communication with deaf and deafblind people in the UK.

Throughout the festive season they have reflected the festive spirit in their BSL homework resource by teaching a few signs that can be used over Christmas.

A new sign will be revealed every day during advent.

They welcome learners to tweet a video doing the sign using the #ShareWithSignature hash tag.

Signature BSL homework package includes

  • Free account  registration with access to the BSL101 unit, completely FREE!
  • Over 500 short stories in BSL
  • Over 2,500 individual signs from the BSL dictionary
  • Over 1,000 quiz questions to test yourself with
  • Study example assessments and tips
  • Buy units as and when you need them

Saturday, 6 December 2014

ACTION NEEDED!! UK Sport Consultation

Below is a message from  Lee Dolby, Director of Development, UK Deaf Sport:

You may be aware that currently the UK Government does not recognise deaf sport in the same way that it does Paralympics Sport. This has meant that since lottery funding began £174,944,971 has been invested into Paralympics, but only £209,620 in Deaflympics in other words just 0.11%. Paralympics’ funding has increase by 707% since Sydney from £10,075,602 to £71,247,756 despite this the amount of medals won reducing in number (Sydney 131, Athens 94 (down 28%) Beijing 102 (down 22%) London 120 (down 9% on Sydney)

This distribution of funds is driven by UK Sports “No Compromise” funding policy. A policy that currently does not support deaf athletes on a deaf pathway. UK Sport now have a public consultation process open to review this approach and we need as many people and organisations as possible to respond to the consultation to highlight the need for Deaf athletes on a deaf pathway to be recognised and supported in the same was as there Paralympics counterpart so that they too can continue to achieve great success on a world stage.

To help people understand the current situation we have created some supporting information on our website and also shared our draft response to the consultation. Please have a look at these and then most importantly ACT NOW to provide your feedback directly to UK Sport so that they can understand the strength of the feeling across the deaf and sporting community to this massive imbalance in funding. All the information can be found on the link below.

Thank you to all those that go on to make a response. Hopefully if we join together to make our voice heard we can improve the situation for future generations of deaf and hard of hearing people that access, enjoy and go on to excel in sport

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Lee -

The deadline for responses is December 10th so don’t delay, have your say.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Local support - for Rwanda Centre for Deaf Children in the Nyabihu District

Teachers of the Deaf from Suffolk have recently returned from a visit to Nyabihu District.

To read about their experience click here

There will be a concert to launch the building fund is in Bury on Dec 11th at 8 pm West Road Church.

To donate following this link

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Rwanda - Centre for Deaf Children in the Nyabihu District

Last week Channel 4's Unreported World article highlighted the experience of deaf children in Uganda. SignHealth has had a presence in Uganda for a long time, setting up the very first deaf pre-school in Kampala, training teachers and introducing sign language to the deaf community.

In Rwanda there is no state provision for Deaf children  The few schools for Deaf children in Rwanda are all privately run.  In Nyabihu, Louis, whose parents and all of his siblings apart from one brother were killed in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, has set up the first centre for deaf children in his home village.  He had previously established the first provision for deaf children in Nyange.

With the support from the Centre for Deaf Children in the Nyabihu District, the children are integrated into the local schools and happy.  However the rented accommodation at the Centre is poor, cramped and unsuitable. They hope to build a new centre. If you wish to learn more about the Centre, their work and their vision click  here

DCAL seeking Research Participants: Deaf Mothers with young babies

Below are details relating to research project with DCAL - Deafness Cognition And Language Research Centre

"Babies of Deaf Mothers

We are looking for deaf mothers who use BSL and either have a baby under 7 months or are currently pregnant, to participate in our research exploring early language experience;
BSL video available:

We will cover all expenses, including travel and a hotel stay if you live far away from London. Participants would also be welcome to come with other family members.

If you'd like to get involved, please contact Laura Goldberg:

skype: lauravgoldberg   "

Friday, 28 November 2014