FREE online Deaf Communication Skills Training Sessions

Massively useful, and a well-balanced mix of specific techniques and more general principles for dealing with deaf/HOH people. Credit to Louise for running the breakout room so well. Will be learning more.

– B, Brand Dot

Fancy learning something new in lockdown?

Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund and the generosity of our supporters we are able to bring our popular Bite-sized Deaf Communication Skills training sessions to you online for FREE!

The session is for anyone that wants to know more about how varying degrees of deafness impacts on the daily lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. It provides some useful skills that can be quickly mastered to begin communicating with any deaf or deaf blind person as your patient or their family member, colleague, or acquaintance.

On completion you will be issued an individual certificate of achievement. In addition, customer facing groups and teams will receive a, “We are Deaf Friendly” certificate for public display.

Given the current Covid-19 crisis we have temporarily moved all of our teaching online.  This means you can join our upcoming FREE Bite-Sized Deaf Communication Skills Training from your home or place of work.

We are using the Zoom video conferencing platform.  You do not need a Zoom account to join a meeting.  You can join the session using a smartphone or tablet or laptop/PC.  All we will need you to do is ensure that you set yourselves up in a quiet space and sit 3-4 ft away from your device to ensure that your full torsos, hands and faces are visible on screen to all participants.

Duration: 2 hours

Qualification: None. Informal teaching and assessment.

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

Cost: FREE

For more information, or to book, please contact admin@wdda.co.uk or click on the link below:

https://forms.gle/9uB4yHcoUBEFadfJA

Available dates and times:

Thursday 21st January 2021 – 10am-12pm
Thursday 28th January 2021 – 1pm-3pm *FULLY BOOKED*
Thursday 4th February 2021 – 10am-12pm *FULLY BOOKED*
Thursday 11th February 2021 – 1pm-3pm *FULLY BOOKED*
Thursday 18th February 2021 – 10am-12pm *FULLY BOOKED*
Thursday 25th February 2021 – 10am-12pm *FULLY BOOKED*
Thursday 4th March 2021 – 1pm-3pm *FULLY BOOKED*
Thursday 11th March 2021- 10am-12pm *FULLY BOOKED*
Thursday 18th March 2021 – 1pm-3pm *SPACES AVAILABLE*
Thursday 25th March 2021 – 10am-12pm *FULLY BOOKED*

Thursday 22nd April 2021 – 10am-12pm *NEW DATE*
Thursday 6th May 2021 – 10am-12pm *NEW DATE – DEAF AWARENESS WEEK 2021*

FREE Online Bite-Sized Deaf Communication Skills Training!

Fancy learning something new in lockdown?

Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund we are able to bring our popular Bite-sized Deaf Communication Skills training sessions to you online for FREE as part of our ‘Make It Clear!’ Campaign.

The session is for anyone that wants to know more about how varying degrees of deafness impacts on the daily lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. It provides some useful skills that can be quickly mastered to begin communicating with any deaf or deaf blind person as your patient or their family member, colleague, or acquaintance.

On completion you will be issued an individual certificate of achievement. In addition, customer facing groups and teams will receive a, “We are Deaf Friendly” certificate for public display.

Various dates available throughout January, February and March 2021.
Places are limited. Booking essential.

https://forms.gle/eRoo37KuGoewgHZf6

‘Make It Clear!’ Campaign

“Along with 11 million other deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK, I haven’t been able to understand a single word any person wearing a face mask is saying to me.  It is just a noise.  It doesn’t help if they shout, it then just becomes a loud noise, I can’t make out the words.  These masks that allow me to see their lips are just brilliant.  I can understand every word!  A real Godsend!”

– George Raggett, WDDA Trustee and Tutor

We launched our ‘Make It Clear!’ Campaign on 1st July 2020 with the aim of helping to prevent further barriers to communication for the d/Deaf and hard of hearing community in our local area during the coronavirus crisis.

How you can get involved:
• Thanks to the support of The National Lottery Fund, Dorset Community Foundation and Tesco Bags of Help WDDA is able to provide the local community with FREE reusable clear face panel masks to help raise awareness of the communication issues caused by the wearing of face masks. Share photos of you wearing your clear face panel mask on your Social Media channels using the #makeitclear hashtag and remember to tag Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association.

Become a distribution point for our Communication Cards. 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. Our Hard of Hearing Communication Cards offer a clear and concise list of prompts to help aid communication.

• Would you like your staff to have a basic knowledge of sign language for meeting and greeting your customers, clients or service users?
We are offering FREE online deaf awareness and BSL training packages for local organisations, businesses and workplaces. Upon completion of your training, you will be presented with a certificate to display so you can show the d/Deaf and HoH community and the community at large that you care. Get in touch for more information.

• Donate via our JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/wdda

‘Make it Clear!’ Campaign Launch

Wiltshire and Dorset Deaf Association is pleased to announce the launch of our new ‘Make it Clear!’ Campaign to get clear panel face masks in to circulation to help prevent further barriers to communication for the d/Deaf and HoH community. 

We are working with NooN Masks & Apparel to distribute an initial supply of clear face panel masks (along with details of how to go about ordering more directly) to local businesses and service providers to help raise awareness of the communication issues caused by the wearing of face masks.

A supply of clear face panel masks will also go on sale (at a heavily subsidised price) direct to members of the d/Deaf and HoH community who need them for themselves and/or family members.  Please email admin@wdda.co.uk to register your interest and/or pre-order.

  • JustGiving