British Sign Language

6th to the 12th May 2019 is Deaf Awareness Week.

Yesterday, I talked about Communication Tips. Today, it’s about British Sign Language. I am no expert at this, so I share a link below that will take you to a page on Action on Hearing Loss and where you can learn more about it there.

Learn more about British Sign Language, at Action on Hearing Loss.

What I can share though is misconception that people assume I use sign language because I am deaf. I don’t. I have tried to learn it, but because there was no one to practice with, meant I could not keep it up and remember. Even some small parts I remembered well are now slipping, because it’s not used.

What I do remember though, is fingerspelling the alphabet. I learnt this before I became deaf. No one uses it around me though, including my mum. But if they did, by fingerspelling the first letter of that word I am struggling with, while repeating the word, it would help me.

 

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6 thoughts on “British Sign Language

  1. Good post Liz. I often wondered how sign language worked. Obviously I can’t see it done now anyway, but it is a shame that it is not more widely known and practised. We all need so much more education.

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    1. There is sign language for the blind too. The person communicating with the blind person would sign on your hands and the blind person would feel those letters being signed, by wrapping their fingers around what your spelling. I learnt this one time how to do, but realise I have forgotten this alphabet now.

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      1. It is amazing and I was fascinated learning the blind version. I have actually downloaded it onto my phone a PDF copy of it, so no doubt I will be looking at it again properly. At a quick glance, I was like, I remember, so I probably wouldn’t be long getting into it again.

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  2. I used to have a patient who was deaf and every time I met with her there would be an American Sign Language interpreter present. I found it fascinating how much more was involved than just hand movements.

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