For the first time in England and Wales, Deaf people have been able to fulfil their civic duty and serve on a jury, supported by British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters.
The UN General Assembly has proclaimed today (23rd September 2022) as the International Day of Sign Languages to raise awareness of the importance of sign language. Did you know that there are 300 different sign languages? Did you know there are over 70 million D(d)eaf people worldwide? And did you know sign languages are natural […]
I was sorry to hear of HM Queen Elizabeth’s passing. I have been thinking about how much things have moved on for the Deaf community since her Royal Highness ascended the throne in 1953. I am profoundly Deaf and my first language is Irish Sign Language then later British Sign Language. I am a lot […]
If you’ve been able to take some time off and have come to the conclusion that you would like to learn a new skill, can I suggest learning British Sign Language (BSL). It’s such a wonderful skill to have and for me personally, it’s been fantastic seeing more people and organisations wanting to learn BSL. […]
Author, activist, and advocate Paddy Ladd has written Seeing Through New Eyes, Deaf Culture and Deaf Pedagogies: The Unrecognized Curriculum, a masterpiece in the exploration of Deaf Education. After hundreds of interviews, research, and discussions with Deaf educators from around the world, Ladd documents the innate wisdom and intelligence of Deaf educators, and recognizes the “curriculum” […]
This is a question we’re often asked. Q: I have noticed my hearing declining. I am 70. Do you have many people my age learning sign language in your classes? A: You are definitely not alone. In the UK more than 40% of people over 50 years old are affected by hearing loss, increasing to […]
I am delighted to have been delivering more Deaf Awareness Training /British Sign Language for organisations (including lots of well known names) recently. As a Deaf person, it makes such as big difference when someone can sign. It’s also good fun to learn, great for team building and very useful if you need to get […]
Happy Christmas and Happy 2022 from Kathleen and all the team at Dot Sign Language.
We’re seeing a surge in people wanting to learn British Sign Language (BSL) thanks to Rose Ayling- Ellis’ impressive performances on Strictly Come Dancing. At Dot Sign Language, we can deliver our introduction training sessions online. We would love to show you and your friends some BSL. Do get in touch and we can tell […]
According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are more than 70 million deaf people worldwide. More than 80% of them live in developing countries. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages. Sign languages are fully fledged natural languages, structurally distinct from the spoken languages. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes […]