Year: 2015

Funding update

22nd Apr 2015

We have  been informed by the Skills Funding Agency that the following qualifications will now appear in the 2015-2016 brochure as eligible for funding:

  • Level 1 Award in British Sign Language
  • Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language
  • Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language

DCAL research event

17th Apr 2015

A one day research dissemination event aimed at teachers of deaf children will be taking place on 11 June 2015 in the Social Science building at City University London.

Deaf sector pulls together ahead of general election

16th Apr 2015

Organisations concerned with deafness and hearing loss will be working collectively to influence the next government following agreement of a statement of common purpose (attached).

Organisations from all sectors are now being asked to become founder signatories and promote the statement.

A campaign will be launched after the general election to raise awareness of the problems faced by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss and the solutions the sector is pursuing.

A one day course about BSL linguistics for BSL tutors

08th Apr 2015

Saturday 18th April 2015, 10am-4.00pm.

The course aims to give BSL teachers basic background training on the linguistics of BSL.  

Research into the Next Generation Text (NGT) service

26th Mar 2015

Facts International and Opinion Leader, independent research agencies, have been commissioned by Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, to carry out some research assessing users’ experience of text relay services.

Flashing Lights Media Ltd

26th Mar 2015

Remark! Media and Remark! Access recently announced its new trading name and identity Flashing Lights Media Ltd. The new venture was created following a management buy-out of the Remark! division to form a streamlined and dedicated media company.  In operating terms, the two companies will be separate but acknowledge a special relationship.

Action plan will increase awareness of deafness

24th Mar 2015

Signature has welcomed the action plan on hearing loss as a step forward in awareness of deafness in health and social care.

The Association of British Sign Language Teachers and Assessors AGM

18th Mar 2015

The Association of British Sign Language Teachers and Assessors (ABSLTA) will be holding their annual AGM meeting this year on Saturday 25 April, at the Manchester Deaf Centre.

Survey for students learning BSL Level 3, 4 and 6

18th Mar 2015

Are you currently learning British Sign Language, or have you recently finished learning at Level 3, Level 4 or Level 6?  If so you may be able to take part in a survey by the University of Manchester, in partnership with NHS England, for a project which aims to improve interpreting services within primary care.

Scottish Government to launch contactSCOTLAND pilot

24th Feb 2015

The Scottish Government is currently funding an online BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service pilot called NHS 24, which aims to improve access to health services for people in Scotland who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.