Author: Jill Jones

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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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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How to Achieve Deaf Identity Development

HOW TO ACHIEVE DEAF IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT Writing about Deaf identity in a short article is almost impossible, but an attempt must be made as is a crucial part of each deaf child’s wellbeing. The term “Deaf identity” is often used in the Deaf community and is acknowledged by deaf adults as a good thing for deaf children to have. It must be hard for hearing people to grasp the importance of this concept, for a hearing cultural identity is acquired naturally from birth and is a major foundation for the psychological building blocks for children to develop their unique...

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