Year: 2022

Win £30 for predicting the future…

24th Oct 2022

Do you want to win a £30 Amazon voucher and a goodie bag full of freebies? Submit an article on the theme “Predicting The Future” for your chance to win Signature’s second blog writing competition! We want to know what you think about the future of deaf culture. As you may know, in November we …

Let’s go beyond Deaf awareness, and accept communication needs as well

20th Oct 2022

I worry that there is a generalised approach to Deaf awareness from hearing people, namely around British Sign Language (BSL). Of course, the language of our culture and our community is incredibly important, and when hearing people learn it in order to communicate with Deaf BSL signers, it can break down barriers. However, it’s important …

Accessible Yoga – at last!

18th Oct 2022

Earlier this month I embarked on my first ever online BSL yoga class. I had been feeling restless in my body after a busy summer and I felt the call to get back on the yoga mat. Bearing in mind that I hadn’t really practised the yoga asanas formally for quite a few years, I …

Two leading deaf charities have launched a new course, Online Deaf Awareness

13th Oct 2022

Signature and RNID (the Royal National Institute for Deaf People) believe their Online Deaf Awareness course will make a positive difference to the lives of the one in five people in the UK who have some degree of hearing loss. We are all likely to come into daily contact with people who are deaf or …

GCSE Update

11th Oct 2022

The Department for Education has confirmed that the public consultation for a GCSE in British Sign Language will be delayed until early in 2023. Although the public consultation has been delayed, it is still planned to begin teaching the GCSE in 2025. Signature continues to work closely with the Department of Education and we remain …

Signature report a surge of 210% for people looking to learn Sign Language following John and Joe Bishop: Life After Deaf

23rd Sep 2022

On Thursday 22nd September, ITV showed John and Joe Bishop: Life After Deaf a one-hour film which followed John and Joe, as they embark upon a journey to understand more about the Deaf community and learn British Sign Language together.  Opening up about the 12 years since Joe became partially deaf, John and Joe met …

We urgently need to fix the communication crisis

22nd Sep 2022

I’ve seen many people of my generation bemoan the fact that we have lived through so many historic events in such a short space of time – the vote to pull the UK out of the European Union (a.k.a. Brexit), a deadly pandemic, war in Europe, the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and a …

Signature shortlisted for Awarding Organisation of The Year for Delivering Real Impact on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

20th Sep 2022

Signature are delighted to share the news that we have been shortlisted for the Awarding Organisation of The Year for Delivering Real Impact on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Federation of Awarding bodies awards.   The prestigious FAB Awards, now in its 7th year, recognise the contributions made by awarding organisations and their employees to …

Sustainable Economic Opportunities For Deaf People

20th Sep 2022

The theme for day 2 of International Week of Deaf people is Sustainable economic opportunities for deaf people. According to the World Federation of Deaf people, as of 2011, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) states that approximately 80% of persons with disabilities, including deaf people, are of working age. Reports we have from around the …

I’m sorry, I can’t hear you. I just have to put my glasses on.

14th Sep 2022

Hi, I am Jane, I’m 56, and I’m at the height of my career, having been a Director for a local company and now running my own business….and I wear a hearing aid.  I want to tell you what it feels like to have a hearing aid from my point of view.  And I hope …