Author: Jill Jones

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Shadow Report

Some of our recommendations for action which we submitted as a Shadow Report and then its updated report have been included in the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ report on the UK – Concluding observations on the initial report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland : – “Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information (art. 21) 46. The Committee notes with concern: (b) The insufficient resources for education, training and availability of and access to high-quality educated sign language interpreters, especially in relation to education, employment, health and leisure...

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Recommended Book – OUR SCHOOL SIGNS: British Sign Language (BSL) Vocabulary (Let’s Sign)

REVIEW: September 2017 BATOD Magazine (British Association of Teachers of the Deaf) ‘ These are some of the ensuing comments: “This is lovely. It will be brilliant.” “It will make the loveliest signing course.” “Look at the useful contacts with the # symbols” “Everyone working in a school with deaf children in it should have one” “This is just utterly, utterly perfect. It’s exactly what we need in school.” The book covers a multitude of school-based signs and is fully conversant with 21st centruy requirements. New signs include Skype, Snapchat, Facebook and Google. It also includes directional verbs, inflections,...

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The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Meets

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) meets on Wednesday and Thursday this week to discuss the UK. DEX has already submitted written evidence in the form of 2 papers: In 2011 DEX was asked by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to submit its Shadow Report to the government’s response, and it was sent off that year. The Committee on the Rights of Disabled Persons asked for an update report in 2016 and we sent our published research paper, which found that BSL is a severely endangered language and how to support its revival. The BDA will give signed...

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Citizenship Course With the DEX Deaf Youth Council

We have a new project for a CITIZENSHIP course with the DEX Deaf Youth Council, starting in September 2017. Any deaf young people living within travelling distance to Wakefield, West Yorkshire, please Contact Us for more information or to register. The workshops will be held on the first Saturday of each month for one...

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