Category Archive BSL

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Videos for the Scottish Parliament

We are delighted to have been awarded the BSL video contract for the Scottish Parliament. This brings a responsibility to ensure that not only a high quality production is required, but also a very high standard of BSL presentation is delivered.

With the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act placing responsibilities on public bodies to produce information easily accessible for Deaf BSL users, the Scottish Parliament has to be seen to lead the way in terms of setting standards and bench-marking BSL video productions.

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Hull Trains

In collaboration with Signature (Commercial) we were kept on the ‘right tracks’ by delivering a full day Get Deaf Aware including Communication Tactics with Deaf & Deafblind people and an introduction to work-based BSL.

Many thanks to all involved, the day went extremely well with everyone participating and enjoying the experience.

Ready to go…
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HMP Durham

Many thanks for the warm welcome from HMP Durham staff who attend the Get Deaf Aware/Intro to British Sign Language course.

Great day had by all – informative and fun thanks to their willingness to participate and learn.

Feedback of staff attending was really good and I personally feel we all gained a better understanding of how we interact ….

Please pass on a massive thank you to Andy for putting up with us we are not the brightest bunch!

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Deaf & BSL Awareness at AiB

Practical workshop session – learning into practice

Staff at AiB (Accountancy in Bankruptcy – Scottish Government) underwent Deaf Awareness & Communication along with an Introduction to BSL at their head office in Kilwinning.

Fabulous and positive feedback received for this course which was ran in collaboration with deafscotland.

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Revenue Scotland become Deaf & BSL Aware

Revenue Scotland is responsible for the management and collection of Scotland’s devolved taxes. They have recently published their BSL Plan and within this, actions were to be taken to have staff trained in Deaf & Deafblind awareness, Communication Tactics with Deaf & Deafblind People and BSL awareness.

Participants actively taking part in a BSL exercise.

In addition to this face-to-face training, a number of staff will have access to our unique online eLearning units ‘AWARENESSbites’

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Communication Tactics – Intro to BSL

Thanks to all at Scottish Government who attended the Deaf Awareness, Communication Tactics and Intro to British Sign Language (BSL) course.

Jam packed day that covered everything form terminology, communication methods (tool box), finger spelling and work related sign language.

It was a pleasure running this course. This was in collaboration with deafscotland.

 

Looking for information on in-house staff training – please feel free to contact us

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British Sign Language (BSL) course starting soon

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.

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Year of Young People 2018

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.

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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
  • Evaluation

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.

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Deaf Links Dundee day 3 of 4

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’