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Hello all,

Although I have full hearing, I spent two years with a man , from birth, a member of the Deaf Community, he was taught at a residential school in the 60s . The prison regime offered no trained users of BSL, His isolation prompted me to learn. Library books and daily interaction with him over the two years taught me a lot. I acted on his behalf with the regime, letters, everything that involved English language. Some of the more abstract concepts were beyond daily usage. He is not able to use a standard telephone, no mini-com available, the regime gets around equality by "we provide two letters per week free", this to a man who was never taught English. At what level I have acquired I do not know. I am an OAP now and have time enough to pursue more knowledge but unfortunately not the ability to meet course fees. Any ideas welcome. Josh.

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