Deaf Awareness Week sees free sign language classes launched for families in Taunton.
- Free online British Sign Language classes are being offered to families to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week.
- The videos will be released every Friday for 12 weeks.
- Topics will include everything from colours and days of the week to communicating as a family.
- The National Deaf Children’s Society is hoping to tackle loneliness and isolation during this “very challenging time for many deaf children and their families.”
Families across the County Town will get the chance to learn British Sign Language in the comfort of their own homes with free online classes launched today (Friday, May 8th).
The series of classes will be run by the National Deaf Children’s Society every Friday for 12 weeks as part of its Family Sign Language programme. The date was picked to mark Deaf Awareness Week (May 4th-8th).
Each class will cover a different topic, including vocabulary and conversation related to family life so parents and children can learn together.
The first video will introduce the finger spelling alphabet, while later videos will cover topics like items around the home, colours and days of the week.
All the content has been produced remotely as part of the charity’s effort to provide resources and support for the families of deaf children.
Families can tune in to the pre-recorded classes via the charity’s YouTube channel.
Many deaf children benefit from using sign language and when families learn together, it helps them to communicate and express and understand the complex feelings that are part of growing up.
Family conversations, jokes and activities will also become much more inclusive, which boosts a deaf child’s confidence and wellbeing.