Proud to be shortlisted for the Signature Superstar Awards 2017 under the category of ‘Professional Contribution Award’.
Congratulations to the winner Emma Caswell who was a worthy winner.
Fantastic evening at the Leeds Met Hotel where Dr. Terry Riley OBE was awarded Lifetime Achievement award.
We were delighted to run a Deaf Awareness and Communications Tactics course for Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in Glasgow during November.
Participants were very proactive and were keen to take communication issues on board into their daily work practices.
Course delivered on behalf of the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD)
Looking forward to delivering ‘Get Deaf Aware’ training to staff of HM Prison Durham today. #SignatureDeaf #GetDeafAware
Here’s a sneak preview to the draft programme:
- Indentfying Deafness
- Facts & Stats
- Do’s & don’ts
- Myths & truths
- Practical experiences
- Communication Tactics
- Technology – how can this assist
- Question & Answer
Did you know that at least on-in-six adults will experience deafness to some degree during their lives!
Deafness presents at any age and for a multiple of reasons – genetic, ill health, trauma, age etc.
Hearing loss of course increases sharply with age –
approximately one-third of 61 – 70 year olds have a significant hearing loss
approximately three-quarters of those over 70 years have a significant hearing loss.
To assist service providers we can deliver in-house awareness sessions that cover everything form terminology, statistics and more importantly, communication tactics when delivering services to deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind people.
Or if you would be interested in our online e-learning packages – more information can be found here <<<
We were delighted to have been asked to take on the challenge of having the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) video made accessible for Deaf BSL users.
Liam, who is a Deaf BSL user was ‘roped’ into being the in-vision presenter for this 3 minute (rather fast talking) clip. Job well done!
More videos form the Scottish Human Rights Commission can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCC8KPnaWpo_oMGAhOBwzBQ
COMMTACS learning and development are hoping to build upon our previous BSL training provision and experience by becoming a fully registered BSL learning and assessment centre.
We hope to offer a whole range of course for all abilities – from an introduction to BSL to a higher level for those who are keen to work and progress within the field.
Keep an look out for more information – available soon.
We were delighted to be asked to create 2 short BSL videos for Young Scot: Year of Young People 2018 (YoYP2018). Videos included the application form for becoming a YoYP2018 Ambassador and a summary of the aims and objectives of scheme.
What was it all about?
Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, and Young Scot are looking for committed and passionate young people from across Scotland to become the Year of Young People 2018 Ambassadors. Get involved, and represent the YoYP 2018 in your local community!
More information here: http://young.scot/yoyp2018/yoyp-articles/yoyp-2018-ambassador/
We were also pleased to use one of our newer and younger BSL presenters (Liam), who was very professional and prepared well for the task.
Well done to all participants at Deaf Links Dundee who participated in the introduction to Training the Trainers course over 4 (very busy) days!
We covered (at least):
- Learning cycle
- Learning styles
- Identifying learning needs (LNA)
- Aims, objectives & learning outcomes
- Planning, preparation and delivery
- Using resources
- Group dynamics
- Teaching methods
- Giving feedback
And that was just the ‘How to teach’ – we also looked at ‘What to teach’ by breaking down course specifications, learning outcomes & assessment criteria with everyone delivering training sessions on a number of topics.
Thanks to Alana Harper at Deaf Links for securing funding and identifying willing participants. Also to the continued support of Elizabeth Adams and David Johnston who generously shared their experience as long standing BSL tutors. And to Denise Ryan for the ‘intro to linguistic’ session which was invaluable.
Day 3 of 4 at the Training the Trainers course at Deaf Links in Dundee.
Participants were demonstrating their teaching skills they have been developing over the weeks by delivering a number of short training sessions to group members. At the same time group members were tasked with providing feedback after spending a whole session on ‘How to give feedback’
Fantastic start to a 4 day Train the Trainers programme with potential Deaf BSL tutors in Dundee.
Training will span over 4 full days on a fortnightly basis and will cover all the basics in developing materials, planing and design of a training session, assessment and evaluation. Also looking at how and why people learn and how this affects our teaching methods/strategies.