August 31, 2016

Today we interview one of our team members Tracey, who is a native user of BSL.

1. Can you tell us a little about what life is like in a Deaf family?

I grew up in a very small family and we are very close. Growing up in a deaf family is normal to me, I don’t feel any different just because my parents are deaf. We all communicate using sign language and my sister and I haven't faced any barriers within the family . We always enjoy being with our parents and th...

May 4, 2016

Tell us about yourself

 

I am 30 years old and severely dyslexic, I have not let this get in my way. In fact I love being that little bit different. I am a from a single parent Deaf family where the primary language is spoken English however there is a great pride for Deaf culture and identity and when I was growing up I was introduced to SSE as a communication method and lapped it up. I was signed to before speech. The visual nature became a much easier way...

February 5, 2016

 The call from the BBC came in the middle of Saturday afternoon.  They had seen the footage about Signly by their colleagues at BBC South a few days earlier, and now wanted someone to be interviewed, the following day, live on the sofa, for BBC Breakfast and maybe BBC News.

 

It was then a mad panic to see who from the Signly partners was available to drop everythi

 

ng and head up to Salford – L.S.Lowry country – in time for the first interview at 07:20, ideal...

February 1, 2016

 

Why did you become an interpreter?

 

“I felt it was the right time for me to make a career change – I was an engineer and was getting fed up with working outside in the cold and wet!”

 

What did you have to do to become an interpreter?

 

“Well I had to become qualified and it was quite a lengthy process.   I studied my Level 1 and Level 2 at evening school, followed by a pre Level 3 course which gave you all the tools to be able to go out into the world and coll...

January 27, 2016

We have just completed our ‘What's Happening to Me?  Project, which was delivered entirely in Scotland. It was supported with grants from The Robertson Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation and Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust.  

 

Our lead Trainer, Rubbena, took on four separate ‘roadshows’ throughout Scotland delivering face-to-face workshops to 71 young deaf people/adults (including parents) as well as attending the British Association for Teachers of the Deaf Con...

December 10, 2015

Revolutionary new app unlocks cultural venues for deaf people

A unique app is unlocking cultural venues for deaf people – starting with the world of master storyteller Roald Dahl.

Sign language is the preferred language for many deaf people, and the Signly app, now in use at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, delivers smart signed content directly to the user’s device. The visitor simply opens the app and points it at a Signly logo to play the relevant v...

August 19, 2015

We know that a visit to the doctor’s surgery can be difficult and usually it’s very personal, sometimes embarrassing.  You do get used to going through an interpreter to make appointments, discuss prescriptions and for the actual consultations – after all, they do have their own code of conduct etc – but believe me, there are times when I really don’t want another person involved!

 

For some things, I just want to talk to the doctor directly.  Not unreasonabl...

August 15, 2015

“An Irish friend of mine told me that, when the very first tampon advert was shown on Irish television, his mother, avoiding the eyes of her family, stood up and left the room muttering ‘Ah, there’s no secrets any more.’  From Frank Skinner “Dispatches From the Sofa”

 

If you look up the word ‘period’ in the BDA’s Dictionary of British Sign Language you’ll be directed to a sign using a flat hand tapping the mouth and chin twice (ref 1265).  It’s interesting,...

August 12, 2015

I work in a team with deaf and hearing colleagues.  We learn a lot from each other, and from the people who get involved in the workshops we run – be that deaf young people, medical or educational professionals, parents . . . all sorts.

 

One of the things we often talk about is how to communicate sensitive or potentially embarrassing topics or words using sign language.  And this is where we need your opinions and examples.

 

In this blog series, we’ll have co...

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