Blogs

What Signing Means to Me by Ann Jillings

09th Aug 2022

If I could choose one moment which encapsulates what sign language means to me, it would be the BSL Rally in Parliament Square on the 28th of January 2022, when my son, Daniel addressed the deaf audience gathered there in support of the second reading of the BSL Bill. It was a proud and emotional …

What Signing Means to Me by Paul Clarke

08th Aug 2022

My experience of sign language is different to those use this as their first language. I lost my hearing through meningitis at the age of four. My hearing loss was described as moderate to profoundly deaf and I grew up with wearing two hearing aids and using the Phonic ear system whilst at school. I …

What Signing Means to Me by Alex Grainger

07th Aug 2022

What does signing mean to me? Well, as of April this year it means a huge amount as I am finally following a career path I dreamed about since I was 18. In 2000 I had attended an open day at Bristol University where I was considering a place on the Deaf Studies course there. …

What Signing Means to Me by Camille Piper

06th Aug 2022

Camille was Born Profoundly Deaf & is a BSL user Signing means the world to me as it gives me full freedom to express myself fully. Giving me independence to communicate without any barriers or hesitation. Every conversation being all-inclusive having complete access to all the chats without any distress. Signing brings Deaf community and …

What Signing Means to Me by Nicola Hollowell

05th Aug 2022

What does Signing mean to me? Well, as a hearing person that’s an interesting question. In my case, signing and learning BSL isn’t all about what it means to me, it is mainly about what it means to a member of the deaf community that a hearing person can do one of the most basic …

What Signing Means to Me by Matt Lim

04th Aug 2022

I grew up in a small village where the word “Diversity” doesn’t exist. I mean, I’m sure people have heard of the word, but without a frame of reference – sort of the reverse of that myth that the Inuits have over 50 different words for ‘snow’. I’m exaggerating, of course, but only a little …

*Blog Competition Winner* What Signing Means to Me by Stephanie Barrows

03rd Aug 2022

“Hmm… Say again…?  Let me dance around you so you’ve got my good ear.  No, stay where you are – it’s my bad!” I may hold eye contact a wee bit longer than is comfortable for you, or you may think I’m leaning in for a kiss (usually I’m not!) when trying to turn to …

CODA: One Step Forward or Two Steps Back?

25th May 2022

Deaf Representation and the Film Industry CODA is a film that is impossible to miss. Not in the clichéd sense of it being a must-see movie, but in the way that it is one which appears physically impossible to avoid. Over the past few months, CODA has absolutely swept the awards circuit worldwide, starting with …

Deaffest 2022 Film & TV Awards: Winners Announced

11th May 2022

  Last weekend marked the 14th Deaffest, the UK’s leading Deaf-led Film and Arts Festival! This year’s nominated films are all available to be watched for free through the Deaffest Online Cinema, which you can access through their website until the 14th May. If you are unfamiliar with the event, it is a 3-day festival …

Signature is proud to be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week!

09th May 2022

Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health! The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs from 9-15 May. This year, the theme for the week is ‘Loneliness’. Across the country, people will be reflecting …

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