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Rachelle

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it's something I have always wanted to do but now I have an extra special reason. My husband and I's closest friends' youngest has recently been diagnosed as deaf, and has started school now and not being able to communicate fluently English or BSL. COVID meant that his diagnosis has been delayed drastically and I want to help with his progression of using sign language when ever we go round to visit. We always look at his mum for translation of when he talks to us but I would really like to help and communicate with him directly. :) He has a teacher of the deaf lessons at school and his family are doing their best to learn too. I want to be able to show my children how to talk to him too :)#

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I am learning BSL as a mortgage broker with a niece and great nephew who are both hearing impaired. This has opened my eyes to how accessibility is such a problem in the UK for those that are deaf or hearing impaired. I intend to learn BSL in order to be able to remotely provide accessible mortgage and insurance advice for all. I will also enjoy being able to communicate with my niece and nephew in BSL. 

 

I am also teaching my children as I learn too and they are loving it so far! 

 

I'd be grateful and interested to hear about anyone who would find BSL a useful language to be able to communicate in when getting financial advice. Has it been something you have heard of before? Do you think there are lots of people that will find it useful? 

 

It's going to be a lot to learn before I am fluent so I'm hoping my clients know that I am trying my best to learn it quickly and accurately! 

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On 12/11/2023 at 15:09, Peter Cullum said:

This is awesome Rachelle well done and hope your journey is going well so far 

Thankyou! I'm still very basic but my children and husband are all picking up little bits which is brilliant! My three year old now uses it for colours and it's the sweetest thing. 

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On 13/11/2023 at 20:30, Charley23 said:

I am learning BSL as a mortgage broker with a niece and great nephew who are both hearing impaired. This has opened my eyes to how accessibility is such a problem in the UK for those that are deaf or hearing impaired. I intend to learn BSL in order to be able to remotely provide accessible mortgage and insurance advice for all. I will also enjoy being able to communicate with my niece and nephew in BSL. 

 

I am also teaching my children as I learn too and they are loving it so far! 

 

I'd be grateful and interested to hear about anyone who would find BSL a useful language to be able to communicate in when getting financial advice. Has it been something you have heard of before? Do you think there are lots of people that will find it useful? 

 

It's going to be a lot to learn before I am fluent so I'm hoping my clients know that I am trying my best to learn it quickly and accurately! 

Good luck :) I've found having someone else to show and teach has made things sink in a bit more. 

I think personally having BSL for all aspects in life would greatly open doors for many people. You're going to make a lot of difference in your industry I'm sure :)

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