Archives for 2015

Working together with REUSE



The School of Sign Language are delighted to be working  with REUSE together, supporting people in work placements.

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Kind words for Debra

Our Managing Director Debra was recently nominated for “POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD” for the National Diversity Awards.

Debra was touched by some of the most heart warming nominations from people  that she has worked with during the past 10 years.

Here is a few of the nominations.

I have known Debra since 2008, when I undertook a voluntary work placement at The School Of Sign Language. She is a thoughtful, supportive person who I feel lucky to know. She’s also a devoted mother, dedicated business woman and a trusted friend. Debra works so hard to raise deaf awareness and has given many people, including myself, the opportunity to learn sign language and gain a valuable understanding of the issues that hearing-impaired people deal with on a daily basis. She is an inspiring role model, promoting equality and diversity with an enthusiastic energy that is admirable.

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Deaf Awareness & BSL Training


Access Ability are looking for organisations or voluntary groups in Lancashire to benefit from FREE Deaf Awareness & BSL training (funded by Lancashire Adult Learning). This FREE training is for adults aged 19 or over. If you can recommend a voluntary group, an organisation or someone who are based in Lancashire that may benefit from this training, please contact us or for details.

New Website

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Our website has been updated! We have made changes to make the site easier to navigate, find information and book courses.

If you would like to give us feedback on our changes be sure to get in touch with us and let us know. Any comments will be used to ensure we can provide the best service possible.

Children’s Signed Book Launch Today


Children’s books author Julia Donaldson launches a book today that she created with Deaf children as part of a project in 2012. The book is entitled ‘What The Jackdaw Saw’ and it is about sign language and friendship. There are bright and accessible illustrations (created by Nick Sharratt) which makes the book easy and enjoyable to read.

Julia has hearing loss and is fascinated by sign language.

For more information, visit

Happy reading!

Election day 2015


Today is Election Day!


Make sure you use your vote.

Each party will have different policies which will have different effects on how your children with hearing loss will be educated and supported.

The policies will also affect how schools are run, the ability of schools to provide support for children with hearing loss, the opportunities that are available to children with hearing loss and their quality of life.

If you want to know more about each party’s policies for children and people with hearing loss, go to the party’s own website and use the search box to find the right information.

If you cannot find the information, contact the party and ask for specific policies on hearing loss.


Good luck!

What our Customer are Saying

Here is a small selection of recent feedback from some of our customers.

I just wanted to pass on my sincere gratitude for the outstanding work you and your team have performed at HMP Manchester.

As a parent with a hearing impaired child I am aware of the challenges for both those with impairments and those who support them. Although I have only known your team for a short time I have already seen how supportive, pro-active and determined they are with our employee.

I would be most grateful if you could pass on my gratitude to your staff for their considerable efforts throughout their time atManchester and hope the next 10 years are as productive and successful.

I hope you don’t mind, but I have taken the liberty to nominate you for the National Diversity Award.

Yours faithfully
Governor Jonathan Fisher
Head of Offender Management
H.M.P Manchester


Lydia – “I thought it was fantastic. This should be done in schools across the country to spread awareness she was absolutely wonderful. Thank you.

Shane – “I really enjoyed last week’s session on sign language. I must be honest at the start I was nervous I don’t know why, probably because I have not had much experience with a Deaf individual before but after a while I was okay. I enjoyed taking part in the group activities we did it gave me a little insight into what life is like for a Deaf person. Overall I really enjoyed this lesson, and I am now looking to take a Makaton course.”

Alyson – “I thought the presentation was wonderful. It open my eyes to some of the difficulties deaf people face. I feel a little more confident now in communicating with someone who is deaf. (but not when I went to the bank and a man with hearing aids in, was signing to a lady what looked like ‘sleep with me’. The lady looked very perplexed & I didn’t feel that confident to intervene!

(Students from a recent course)

Sign Language for Children



Primary Sign is an online learning resource that helps children to learn British Sign Language in a unique and fun way, through animated characters, games and activities, including hundreds of pages of resources and handouts.

Already being used in schools and home across the UK, packages can be customised to suit individuals and it can be used in groups, one to one or independently. Prices start from less than a penny a day.

To find out more visit or email info@schoolofsignlanguage if you are interested or would like more information.