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Signature Loyalty Programme 2021

18th Oct 2021

It’s hard to believe that we launched the Signature loyalty programme over two years ago. While in many ways the launch party in 2019 feels like yesterday, the last 20 months has been somewhat a blur for us all. Despite the restrictions, we were able to continue to distribute certificates and trophies last year which …

NDCS – Teacher of the Deaf apprenticeships

15th Oct 2021

Teachers may in the future be able to become apprentice Teachers of the Deaf as a way of becoming qualified to provide specialist support to deaf children and their families. Since autumn 2019, NDCS been working with the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP), the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, and a team of colleagues …

Rosie Cooper, MP, meets with Deaf sector representatives to discuss a British Sign Language Bill

14th Oct 2021

On Wednesday 6th October 2021, Rosie Cooper, MP, met with representatives from the Deaf Sector to discuss a British Sign Language Bill which she will bring forward as a Private Member’s Bill in January 2022. The aims of the British Sign Language (BSL) Bill will be to declare BSL as an official language of the …

Microsoft launches UK’s first national digital billboard campaign featuring sign language

12th Oct 2021

The first-ever national digital billboard campaign to feature British Sign Language (BSL) has been launched across the UK by Microsoft to highlight the importance of accessibility in driving innovation. The campaign has been launched at major railway stations, including Reading, Brighton, Waterloo, Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool Lime Street, Leeds and Edinburgh Waverley. Each digital billboard …

World Teacher Day 2021

05th Oct 2021

Today is World Teacher Day, celebrating the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 UNESCO recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It sets standards regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers for their initial preparation, further education, recruitment, employment, and learning conditions. The past 20 months have been challenging for everyone – especially teachers. So …

Deaf with Speech

04th Oct 2021

Some of you may know I was born Deaf, granted I was born with more hearing than I have today and it wasn’t until I was around 4 that I was diagnosed profoundly Deaf. I think even today my parents have a hard time believing I was born Deaf.

British Sign Language for beginners available now

04th Oct 2021

Signature the UK’s leading awarding organisation in deaf communication qualifications have today announced a new online course – British Sign Language (BSL) for beginners. BSL for beginners is a comprehensive online course developed alongside language experts and Deaf teachers to provide communication skills and knowledge. Signature have drawn on 40 years of experience enabling hundreds …

Royal Association for Deaf people launches new arts platform: HearArt

24th Sep 2021

The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) are pleased to announce their collaboration on the new HearArt platform with Academy Award winner, Rachel Shenton (the Silent Child) and campaigner and photographer, Cindy Sasha. HearArt will focus on merging the UK deaf and hearing film-industry communities, supporting deaf people to develop their careers and make the …

International Week of Deaf People 2021

20th Sep 2021

Today is the start of International Week of Deaf People 2021. This week, we come together to recognise that deaf people have their own communities, our own cultures, our own languages, sign languages, which unite us all. This year’s theme for the International Week of Deaf People is “Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities”. Deaf communities have …

NDCS responds to Let US Learn Too open letter

07th Sep 2021

The National Deaf Children’s Society has responded to an open letter, of which it is a signatory, from Let Us Learn Too. It was sent to the Prime Minister highlighting the difficulties disabled children and young people are facing.

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