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  1. Our Communication & Interpreting Agency focuses on delivering a high quality service which supports communication between deaf*and hearing people all over Scotland. Communication Support is a very diverse term and includes many different forms of communication. If you are unsure what type of communication you need, please get in touch we’ll be happy to offer advice and assistance to ensure you get the right kind of service for your needs. Book our Communication Services Deaf Action is an Agency registered with The Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI). This means that we can be relied upon to operate to the highest technical and ethical standards. We have been providing a range of communication support since we were established in 1835, so we have gained a lot of experience in that time! All of our communication professionals must adhere to their registered body’s guidelines. Please view the codes of practice for SASLI http://www.sasli.co.uk/policies/code-of-conduct/ and NRCPD http://www.nrcpd.org.uk/code-of-conduct Why you may need Communication Services The Equality Act (2010) states the need for anyone offering services to the public to make reasonable adjustments to make these services accessible. This could be in recruitment, education or employment or enabling them to access the goods or services you provide. For deaf people, reasonable adjustments may include the provision of alternative ways to communicate, such as through using a BSL/English interpreter. People who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing face communication barriers on a daily basis which can, in turn, have a serious effect on their lives. Facing these barriers can lead to: a lack of confidence, isolation, unemployment, exclusion from society and depression. Many of these barriers can be removed by the provision of communication services. To find out more about the types of communication services that we can provide, please click on the related links on the right. Contact us for more information. Freephone: 0800 014 1401 Text: 0131 557 0419 SMS: 07797 800 064 Email: [email protected]
  2. Since our beginnings on Leith Street in Edinburgh over 180 years ago, we have been working together for an equal and better future for all deaf* people. We are proud to have been at the forefront of many major achievements – in fact we were the first formally constituted deaf organisation in the UK. We have always kept our values; respect, achievement, equality and transparency at the heart of our organisation. The many services and opportunities we have provided over the years, from our workshop on Albany Street in 1929 to our current Children in Need funded youth group for young deaf* people, all play a part in furthering our values and mission. Today, Deaf Action delivers a range of services to the estimated 950,000 people in Scotland with sensory support needs, including those who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing. As part of a Scottish Government funded project we are establishing a benchmark for future dual sensory loss services in Scotland. Our extensive list of services includes: Adult learning BSL classes Communication & Interpreting Agency Deaf awareness training Employablility service Health project Multimedia production Social work Specialist equipment Support service Youth work Visit our website for more information and contact details for all of our services
  3. Deaf Action

    BSL qualification courses in Edinburgh

    Deaf Action have been hosting British Sign Language (BSL) classes since the 1980′s and in that time we have seen thousands of people successfully pass through our training centre. We use qualified and experienced deaf tutors for all of our British Sign Language courses and have amassed a collection of excellent resources and materials. Not sure what level you’re at? If you already have experience of using BSL, one of our tutors can assess your level so you begin with a class that matches your skills; just get in touch and we’ll do the rest. Most of our courses are accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and all of our BSL courses qualify for ILA Scotland funding. Payment plans are available for our SQA accredited courses and details can be found in the application packs on our website. Terms run twice a year in Spring and Autumn. SQA courses run from Introduction level to level 3. We also run 6 week taster courses for those who aren't sure about joining a full course. For more information email [email protected] or call the Training Co-ordinator on 0131 556 3218