Year: 2015

UK Council on Deafness welcomes Access to Work research but remains concerned about cap on awards

04th Jun 2015

The UK Council on Deafness welcomes the Department for Work and Pensions’ desire to establish the return on investment delivered by Access to Work.

The need for research was identified in the equality analysis for the future of Access to Work. It said, “establishing the return on investment delivered by Access to Work will build the case for increased funding”.

Vote for the Ear Foundation

03rd Jun 2015

The Ear Foundation currently has the opportunity to win funding from the One Family Community Award, to enable them to refurbish their residential facilities at Marjorie Sherman House.

Signature welcomes DWP commitment to evidenced based improvement of Access to Work

12th May 2015

Signature welcomes the Department for Work and Pensions’ commitments to establish the return on investment delivered by Access to Work and to review the market in BSL/English interpreting.

Retailers urged to improve deaf awareness

07th May 2015

RETAILERS are being urged to improve their deaf awareness skills by Get Deaf Aware.

Get Deaf Aware is directed at businesses with staff and customers who have hearing loss and aims to promote equality and make their life easier by providing simple, effective training and techniques.

With more than 10 million people in the UK affected by deafness the company is asking people to sign up and show their commitment to improving communication with those who have hearing loss.  

New research by the Ear Foundation

06th May 2015

New research has been published on the experiences of children with mild / moderate deafness. The research was carried out by the Ear Foundation with funding from the National Deaf Children’s Society. It can be found online at

Ancient world family discovery day at the British Museum

05th May 2015

On Saturday 20 June between 12.00–16.00, the British Museum will be holding a deaf discovery day for families. 

Inspire Magazine meets Rachel Shenton

03rd May 2015

Rachel Shenton is a British actress who is best known in the UK for playing the role of Mitzeee Minniver in the soap Hollyoaks. Since leaving the soap in 2013 she has successfully made the move from Chester to Hollywood after landing a role on the popular US TV show Switched at Birth.

Inspire magazine meets Sam Evans

03rd May 2015

Signature catches up with Sam Evans, the 2013 Big Brother winner and charity campaigner. On 13 June 2013, Sam Evans made history when he walked into the Big Brother house to became the first deaf contestant of the popular show.

GCSE in BSL – Pitch to Rich 2015

30th Apr 2015

Signature wants to ensure that more people in the UK, both deaf and hearing, learn British Sign Language (BSL). As part of this aim we have developed a GCSE in BSL, which will be piloted by a selection of schools in September of this year.  

BSL (Scotland) Bill gains the support of the Education and Culture Committee

28th Apr 2015

Support for the BSL (Scotland) bill increased significantly yesterday, with the announcement that it has gained the backing of the Education and Culture Committee. Members called for the Scottish Parliament to support the bill when it is debated in Holyrood next Tuesday.