Kathleen Grehan Director of Dot Sign Language

I am a Deaf graduate of the social sciences and a qualified teacher of British Sign Language with a particular interest in BSL linguistics.

Since starting Dot Sign Language in 2011 I have made it my mission to deliver first class and inspiring lessons in BSL and Deaf Awareness. A priority for me has always been to make the learning process enjoyable, as much a social event as an educational experience. I also enjoy going out to local schools and youth groups to give them a taste of BSL, Deaf awareness and Deaf culture. I strongly believe that we should try and engage all young children and get them to learn this beautiful, visual language. This way we can reduce that gap between Deaf and hearing people and help eliminate social isolation of Deaf people of all ages.

Apart from my teaching duties I play a full and active role in all aspects of Dot’s business. This includes marketing, future planning, finance, website content and update and basic administration. So I am happy to help with all queries that relate to Dot.

A relatively recent achievement that has excited me is the challenge of designing my own curriculum and assessments in BSL, to deliver a Stage 1 course to undergraduates and postgraduates at the University of Surrey. This has required me to bring BSL in line, as far as possible, with the eleven spoken languages in the program. BSL has quickly became a firm favourite with the students. I now deliver three Stage 1 courses each year and this year, for the first time, I was asked to deliver a Stage 2 course.

In my previous career I have been a Disability/Deaf Campaigner for four organisations: National Union of Students (NUS); RNID, BDA and Disability Rights Commission (DRC) between October 2000 and September 2011. I am committed to equality and empowerment for D/deaf, disabled and all diverse groups within society.