Author: Jill Jones

My Deaf Story Project Extended

Thanks again to the Heritage Lottery Fund which has agreed to extend our My Deaf Story project till next April. This means the DEX Deaf Youth Council can get involved in more Deaf cultural activities and more fun to...

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My Deaf Story Heritage Project

The hard work finalising the My Deaf Story Heritage project report to the Heritage Lottery Fund is almost done! The DEXperience Board is really proud of the DEX Deaf Youth Council and the members’ commitment and enthusiasm as they are a fantastic...

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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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Celebrating British Sign Language and the Braidwood Academy

As millions of children head back to school for the start of term, today we celebrate one educational institution in particular: the Braidwood Academy. Opened in 1760 in Edinburgh, Braidwood is considered the UK’s first school for deaf children and the first to include sign language in education. Thomas Braidwood, the school’s founder, had just one deaf student when the school first opened. It turned out that one student was all it took – by 1780, the number had increased to 20 students as Braidwood found success in his teaching methods. In addition to helping lay the groundwork for...

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