Category Archive BSL

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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’

 

 

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BSL version – attainment of pupils with a sensory impairment

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

 

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BSL (Scotland) Bill

IMG_20150917_180348~2History 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).