Time is ticking! There is now less than four weeks to get your nominations in for the remaining three Signature Annual Awards categories. The Communication Professional of the Year, Joseph Maitland Robinson Award and Organisational Achievement acknowledge those whose contribution moves us all further toward achieving a society in which deaf people have full access.
We can now confirm that the remaining two qualifications: Signature Level 1 Award in Deaf Awareness and Communication and Signature Level 2 Award in Irish Sign Language have been accredited and are now on the new Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF) for first teaching from September 2009.
Training events for September 2009 to July 2010 are now available on our website under the Teachers and Assessors section. Our courses offer opportunities for teachers and assessors to develop skills and knowledge in their area. If you book a place on one of our events eight weeks before the course date, you will receive a discount. The training programme has more information on Early Bird prices.
Deaf Access in Derby College are considering running a PTLLS course for Deaf people, starting this September. To find out the interest in the course there is an information session on Tuesday 19 May 2009 at Derby College.
NHS Scotland has produced BSL content on the NHS 24 website to support its information on Swine Flu. Not only has the NHS made important information more accessible but they have also made the videos freely available for use on other websites in the deaf community.
Rebecca Foster, coach and assistant team manager at the forthcoming Deaflympics in Taipei in August, is organising a charity dinner and auction in a bid to raise £3,000. The evening will take place on 12 June 2009 at Outwood Grange College in the Conference Theatre at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children or students. All ticket sales and auction amounts will go directly to the Deaflympics.
An eight year old girl was nominated for a national award – thanks to her signing skills.
Amelia McCabe has been signing since she was a little girl as both of her parents are deaf. The youngster’s talents have even stunned her mother, who set up West Derby-based sign language academy Talking Hands.
Amelia, from Croxteth, is currently taking her level two exams which are an equivalent to a GCSE.
Following the recent announcement that our first Signature qualification; Signature Level 1 in British Sign Language has been accredited by Ofqual, we can now confirm that two further qualifications have been accredited and are now also on the new Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF).
Nominations flying in for the Signature Annual Awards scheme.
The Signature Annual Awards are designed to recognise and reward those who have made in their own way a significant contribution toward achieving a society in which deaf people have full access.
However, with the May 3 deadline for the Learner of the Year and Teacher of the Year categories approaching, there is limited time to ensure that those deserving the recognition receive it and anyone making nominations is urged to do so via the website before it is too late.