Year: 2022

Predicting The Future by Lucy Hilliar

08th Dec 2022

Many people, as the media tells us, are concerned that our children are too dependent on their phones, gaming consoles and computers. They tell us that these children are not being socialised and that their methods of communication, particularly in face-to-face settings, are being restricted. We are told that young people are not building healthy …

*Second Blog Competition Winner* Predicting The Future by Nicola Hollowell

07th Dec 2022

I never imagined I would be in a situation where I would find myself fighting back tears at a PowerPoint presentation, but a week ago that is exactly what happened in a BSL level 4 class. The presentation was simply entitled ‘Deaf History’, but its content was staggering. No, it was not a feat of …

ITVX launches world-first British Sign Language channel

06th Dec 2022

  When ITVX officially launches on 8 December, Deaf viewers will have access to what is a worldwide streaming first – a British Sign Language channel, solely featuring signed programming, which will include a range of shows like the Emmerdale and Coronation Street omnibus episodes, Cilla, Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, Vera, Lewis, and The Saint. The …

Census 2021 – British Sign Language

29th Nov 2022

British Sign Language in England and Wales The census takes place every 10 years. It gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The 2021 Census data shows that in addition to spoken languages, British Sign Language (BSL) was the main language* of 22,000 (0.04%) usual residents aged three …

Looking after our mental wellbeing this winter…

29th Nov 2022

I am currently working on a project that involves me learning a lot more about the intricacies of mental health. I am discovering that mental illnesses are occurring in the deaf community at a much higher rate compared to our hearing counterparts, yet a stigma around mental health in general still remains. I want to …

Signature Hall of Fame

23rd Nov 2022

On Friday 18th November 2022 the Signature Hall of Fame took place at the National Football Museum in Manchester. The evening brought together 220 members of the deaf community to Manchester, to celebrate the achievements of our all 50 people and organisations on our shortlist and to induct 10 exceptional individuals or organisations into the …

Signature working on an Advanced Legal Interpreting Specialism

22nd Nov 2022

Signature are pleased to share that we are currently working on an Advanced Legal Interpreting Specialism, as an additional Stream to the current Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting and Translation (INTRA6). The aim of this Advanced stream is to ensure those who wish to work as interpreters in legal settings have the appropriate …

Life after Deaf – my review Deb Buller

29th Oct 2022

Personally, it was very emotional for me watching this as I imagine it was for many people who are Deaf or have a hearing loss. Having lost my hearing completely overnight (around the same age as Joe originally lost some of his) for many years I too went through the emotions he experienced – anger, …

EE launch ‘New Signing’ with BT Sport

27th Oct 2022

EE and BT Sport are teaming up to search for a duo to provide British Sign Language (BSL) commentary around a range of BT Sport programming in 2023, including the UEFA Champions League Final. Launching today, New Signing will provide two BSL commentators or presenters with a first-of-its-kind opportunity to train up with BT Sport so that …

My Hearing Aids and I

27th Oct 2022

My Hearing Aids and I  My hearing aids and I have a funny old relationship. I love them and I’m grateful I have them, but boy has it taken me a long time to really accept them. For those of you who don’t wear hearing aids, let me firstly just say that hearing aids are …