Edinburgh Zoo (RZSS) recently held 2 x 2 half day courses for their staff – everyone from administrative roles, gardeners, animal keepers, animal demonstrators (to list a few) all actively took part in a Deaf Awareness & Communication Tactics course with an introduction to work based signs.
The park, which receives 1,ooo’s of visitors every year many of whom will be deaf to some extent. Remember that around 1 in 6 people will be deaf to some extent. The Park and the staff are keen to make visitors experience as memorable as possible and that includes being aware of the small changes in their communication tactics can make a huge impact and difference with a deaf or deafblind person.
Delighted to have completed a total of 16 bite-sized Deaf Awareness and Communication Tactics courses at Intu shopping centres: Dudley, Nottingham (2) and Derby (collaboration between Intu & Signature).
Staff at each centre exhibited a positive and encouraging attitude to the training and all look forward to better serving the 1,000s of people who walk through the shopping centre doors – many of whom will of course be Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened or Deafblind and now have the extra confidence with increased confidence and communication skills.
Woking with Signature (Commercial) we were delighted to be asked and to deliver 4 training days to a number of Intu shopping centres (Dudley, Nottingham & Derby). The first took place at Merry Hill, Dudley in October with the remaining days taking place in November.
The training days consist of a number of bite-sized deaf awareness & communication tactics sessions aimed at Intu customer facing shopping centre staff.
Feedback received has been extremely positive.
Well done Intu.
Completed in very short time-scale the BSL version of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee’s 10th report on the attainment of deaf and visually impaired pupils.
“The Education and culture committee held an inquiry in May to find out what is going on in deaf education and education for children with visual impairment in Scotland. They have just published the report – attainment of pupils with a sensory impairment.
More work is needed to be done to improve access to education for deaf children.”
Dr Audrey Cameron
History in the making as the BSL (Scotland) Bill is passed in the Scottish Parliament on 17th September 2015 – a date that will be remembered very proudly by Scotland’s Deaf and Deafblind communities.
The even in the Parliament was a near ‘sell out’ with tickets (which are always free) becoming like gold-dust. This may have been the very first time that the Parliament had to arrange a ‘spill out’ room to accommodate the crowds that gathered to witness the passing of the Bill.
The Bill was a Private members Bill introduced by Mark Griffin MSP – (pictured) who gave a short presentation at an after party sponsored by the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD).
Law Society of Scotland – BSL (Scotland) Bill Stage 3 Briefing
COMMTACS were happy to be involved in the #BSL production of the Law Society of Scotland’s briefing which is intended to inform MSPs of their comments on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was introduced as a Private Member’s Bill by Mark Griffin MSP on 29 October 2014. The stage 3 debate will take place on 17 September 2015.
More information on the Law Society of Scotland’s website here <<<
#BSL Bill also available in #BSL @scotParl @MarkGriffinMSP
Short deaf awareness course at the Mitchell library (GlasgowLife) with staff and Macmillan volunteers. Course covers the basics such as terminology, statistics, communication tactics and will equip better when meeting members of the public who will be deaf, that’s 1-in-6 of the population!.
Encouraging to see public services becoming more accessible and being greater aware of ‘customer’ needs.
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Deaf Action has received over £600k from the Big Lottery Fund to help 240 unemployed deaf adults in Edinburgh, Fife, Dundee and Perth and Kinross enter the job market. – Congrats to all involved in the application and wish the project every success – life changing potential acknowledged by funders.