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  1. I work in a FE/ HE mix college as a Library Assistant, we have a fantastic hearing impaired department so have lots of Deaf/deaf students. It would be fantastic to be able to directly communicate with the students without an LSA or interpreter with us. It could come in handy in the wider community too.
  2. Hi! My name is Codie, I am 18 years old and I have started learning BSL. I am hoping to start university in September, where I will be moving from the countryside to the city to study a course which allows me to work with young children. In my work experience, I have come across children with a range of additional needs, including one boy who had never learned to speak, but was always listening and learning. Nobody in the school knew how to correctly communicate with him, meaning he was often subconsciously excluded by the other young children who found it difficult to be around him. Along with this, I work part time in retail and understand the importance of allowing people to be independent. Learning sign language would make my work place more accessible for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and increase the independence of some people in my area who find it difficult to be alone due to needing to communicate in non-verbal ways. Along with this, the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced me to leave school early and caused a lot of uncertainty. Learning this new skill is not only beneficial to other people, but also to myself, as it allows me to feel like I'm achieving something, even if it is only minor like learning one or two new signs. I'm excited to see how the rest of my learning goes and what else I can achieve, and to see how BSL helps my day to day life.
  3. Hello I am learning BSL because I think it would benefit me and my family in the future . I have been classified as deaf with speech. I hear very little without hearing aids. If I get an infection or my aids don't work for one reason or another ( like dropping them in the sink by mistake) I find understanding what's going on quite hard. My family have decided to learn with me as there was no point me learning on my own . We are working our way through the on line BSL course . We found that learning through the London colleges to be a little expensive.
  4. Hi I'm a teaching assistant working in a pupil referral unit. I haven't really worked with anyone that is hard of hearing but have always found sign language interesting. I've been wanting to learn for sometime now but time has alluded me. With the lock down still in progress and having done a majority of work from home I have found time to do this course and so far am enjoying it. I look forward to chatting with you all again. Sham
  5. I'm learning BSL for a few reasons honestly, most of which are for other people who I am likely to connect with due to my studies, but also, for myself. As a Primary Teaching Student I want to learn to sign in order to better communicate with the children, parents, carers, workers and so many others who I will inevitably connect with in the world of education. I hope that by learning i'll be a better teacher, and a better support network too. I'm also learning simply for the principle; I love languages and I was never offered BSL in school (big shocker), but I don't really understand why. It's an important language that deserves more, and should be much more common place. So one person at a time I suppose. Finally, I am diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, and when i'm at my worst (luckily not very often anymore) I can fall into short mute phases. My wife and I used to have a way of communicating by tapping and using colours to explain what I needed during those times, but it makes a lot more sense to use signs, and of course it benefits others as well as me to learn!
  6. All my colleagues are learning this and it will benefit children in my care
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