Law changes open doors to deaf jurors

Sign language interpreters are to be permitted in jury rooms in England and Wales, enabling most deaf people to take part in jury service for the first time.

The planned legal change announced on Monday will amend strict rules that mandate only the 12 selected members of a jury can be present during private deliberations to also allow for a British Sign Language interpreter where needed.

While there is no specific ban on deaf people serving on juries, many have previously been found ineligible to serve or left to rely on lip-reading and limited hearing during private jury discussions.

Tune in to BBC Radio Wiltshire tomorrow morning (12/03/21) at 7:40am to catch WDDA Trustee, George Raggett, give our reaction to the news that the law has been reformed to allow BSL Interpreters to assist Deaf Jurors in jury trials.

104.3 & 103.5 FM I DAB bbc.co.uk/radiowiltshire

Time to learn something new?

With coronavirus having put the world on hold for so many of us why not use this time to build your skillset and learn something new?

Given the current Covid-19 crisis we have temporarily moved all of our BSL classes online.  This means you can join our next ‘BSL Workshop for Beginners’ from home.

Qualification: None – Informal teaching and assessment.

Entry Requirements: There is no prior knowledge or experience required.

Course Details: The aim of the workshop is for you to develop and practice BSL skills at your own level. You will meet and sign with other students and tutors in an informal and fun online environment. It is a fantastic opportunity to prepare for the start of formal courses or assessments.

Assessment: There is no formal assessment, but the tutors will provide continuous feedback on your progress throughout the sessions.

Progression: The workshop will enable you to make informed decisions about other courses of study from Level 1 to 3 that you could move on to.

Workshop date: Saturday 12th December 2020

Time: 10am-1pm

Duration: 3 hours

Course Venue: Online via Zoom video conferencing platform

For more information, or to book, please contact admin@wdda.co.uk or complete and return the online enrolment form below.

Online BSL Workshop Enrolment Form

BSL Conversation Classes

Join our BSL Conversation Class.

This class will develop and practise your skills to communicate using British Sign Language (BSL) in everyday situations.

You will have completed a BSL Level 1 course (or equivalent) and have a basic knowledge of the subject.

You will further develop skills in sentence structure and grammar used in BSL and increase your range of vocabulary for describing people and animals; rooms in a home and at work; leisure activities and food and drink.  There is no qualification attached to this course.

Click here to register for our BSL Conversation Class with Lynn running on Thursday evenings 6-8pm at Bournemouth Deaf Club.

Click here to register for our BSL Conversation Class with Amber running on Tuesday mornings 10am-12pm at the Eco Hub in Poole.

No Subtitles in Real Life

Please show your support for this inspirational team of young people, part of the NCS – National Citizen Service​: ‘No Subtitles in Real Life’ based in Weymouth, Dorset and sign their petition to make basic sign language a requirement in customer services.

To help raise awareness for people with hearing difficulties the team will be organising a march through Weymouth Town Centre, Dorset on 30 July 2019 where they will introduce members of the public to some basic British Sign Language.

Do you think sign language should become a basic requirement? If so, sign NOW!
Remember: There are no subtitles in real life.

https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-customer-service-workers-have-a-basic-understanding-of-bsl

Launch of WDDA Deaf Communication Card

You asked, we delivered!  WDDA is pleased to introduce Deaf Communication Cards to help improve the experience of the 2000+ Deaf BSL users accessing services in Dorset.

The purpose of the wallet-sized cards is to help identify patients/service users immediately as deaf and that there is a need for communications support.  The card also includes details of local BSL interpreter services and a 24 hour contact number so that healthcare providers/service providers know how to book a BSL interpreter.

Now that we have the WDDA Deaf Communication Card we want to get them into the hands of every Deaf BSL user in Dorset!

deaf communication card

 

We are providing these cards free of charge to all Deaf BSL users so please just get in touch if you would like one.  If you are an agency working with Deaf BSL users and would be interested in holding a supply of cards to give to your service users please email admin@wdda.co.uk.

We are currently looking at distribution points – local Deaf Clubs, Audiology Departments, Libraries… We’d value your input on this.  Please comment below with your suggestions.

 

Coming soon – WDDA Hard of Hearing Communication Cards.

 

Show the Deaf community that you care

Did you know that WDDA offers bespoke BSL training packages for local organisations, businesses and workplaces? Our Bite Sized Introduction to BSL Communication Skills course can be tailored for your specific needs and delivered at your workplace https://bit.ly/2If3oS4

 

Make your business more accessible to the Deaf community

Did you know that WDDA offers bespoke BSL training packages for local organisations, businesses and workplaces? Our Bite Sized Introduction to BSL Communication Skills course can be tailored for your specific needs and delivered at your workplace https://bit.ly/2If3oS4 Upon completion of your training, your business will be presented with a certificate to display so you can show the Deaf community and the community at large that you care. Your business will also be listed as a Deaf Friendly business on our website with a link to your website. Email Zoe at admin@wdda.co.uk for more information.

Posted by Wiltshire & Dorset Deaf Association on Friday, 13 July 2018

Upon completion of your training, your business will be presented with a certificate to display so you can show the Deaf community and the community at large that you care. Your business will also be listed as a Deaf Friendly business on our website with a link to your website.  Email Zoe at admin@wdda.co.uk for more information.

Tailored BSL training packages for local organisations, businesses and workplaces

Learn BSL in the workplace

Would you like your staff to have a basic knowledge of sign language for meeting and greeting your customers, clients or service users?

WDDA offers bespoke BSL training packages for local organisations, businesses and workplaces. Our Bite Sized Introduction to BSL Communication Skills course can be tailored for your specific needs and delivered at your workplace, ensuring good uptake and minimising pressure on valuable staff time and resources.

Course Outline:
CIS Bite Sized Introduction to BSL Communication Skills

Workplace BSL Training Needs Questionnaire:
WDDA BSL in your workplace training needs assessment

Interested?  Simply complete and return our Workplace BSL Training Needs Questionnaire to admin@wdda.co.uk. With this information we will be able to suggest a course of suitable content, duration and cost.

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