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Online-BSL Interpreter Workshop

Online-BSL Interpreter Workshop

Wednesday 16th September, 6pm – 9pm


  • Understand the nature and purpose of online BSL interpreting
  • Know and be able to use an online interpreting platform.


By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Be aware of the various technologies that can be used within online interpreting
  • Be aware of the factors that influence ‘good’ online interpreting (both technical & personal)
  • Know the differences between face-to-face and online interpreting models
  • Be able to successfully complete an online interpreting session.

Course run in conjunction with Sign Language Interactions

 Further information and booking form here <<<




Andy Irvine of COMMTACS attended SCoD’s conference ‘Connect & Collaborate’ (12th March 2015) and delivered a workshop under this theme titled:

‘Learning approaches and the positive benefits of being able to deliver services to deaf and deafblind people by understanding and overcoming real or perceived barriers.’  – content focused on Return on Investment (RoI) and Return on Expectation (RoE).

Workshop was very well attended with very positive feedback being received. The example of peeling a banana (as well as the actual eating of bananas) went down very well – Intrigued? – just ask!

Looking forward to the 2016 conference which will be under the theme of ‘Communication’.


STUC Learning & RMT

stuc union learningDeaf Awareness & communication Tactics course at Caledonian MaBrayne (CalMac) in Oban for a mixture of ferry staff ranging from ‘Skipper’ to ‘Ticketing’ roles was very well received.

Course outline: This course was aimed at staff and other front-line personnel who, in their everyday duties, come into contact with people who may be deaf or deafblind. The course provides an overview of the main communication issues that are faced by deaf people in everyday lives and focuses on communication and the social and environmental issues of deafness rather than the medical model.

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[ap_testimonial image=”” image_shape=”round” client=”Dan Henderson” designation=”RMT Learning Scotland”] … the feedback from all of the courses we have done with you has been excellent, thanks for all the time and effort you have put in.

L & D that fits around your needs …

dream teamDeveloping Awareness and Communication with Deaf & Deafblind People courses are primarily aimed at those who are in contact with the general public. Especially those who are providing front-line public-facing services.

More information here <<<


On-line learning …

COMMTACS have developed an innovative eLearning package that is aimed at front-line public facing service providers who would not normally be able to attend one of our face-to-face training events ….

Courses aimed at those who would not normally be able to attend either a half day or full day course.

Learn at your own pace with this cohesive and easy to use well written resource.

We appreciate that not all front line staff have the opportunity to attend a full day or even a half day Deaf Awareness course due to staff cover, service delivery/demands and of course the cost may be prohibitive.


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We now offer an online/e-learning solution that allows front line staff, who normally could not attend face-to-face training.

AWARENESSbites is available in 2 packages:

Green – a basic short course which can take up to 2 hours to complete providing the user with a basic understanding of the issues and barriers faced by deaf people. Ideally suited for those who occasionally come into contact with deaf people.

The Green package will take up to 2 hours to complete – easily completed in a one-off learning session.

multipackagePurple – this digs deeper into the issues faced by deaf people and communication tactics that can be developed by service providers. This is aimed at those who regularly come into contact with deaf people and the general public

The purple package will take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours to complete depending on the exercises taken.

Online Deaf Awareness – information can be found here:  with some sample content here: