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Carers UK Forum • Wish me luck!!!
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Wish me luck!!!

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:22 pm
by Sassy
Just in case you've all been wondering where I've been, I've been busy creating a page to help people to know what to do around the deaf and hard of hearing, which you can find here (bear in mind, it's still nowhere near finished, although I welcome constructive critism) and based on the success I've had with that, I've decided to make a new one for carers... I'll share a link with you all once I get it a little more established Image

Re: Wish me luck!!!

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:26 pm
by Guest
Really informative, my husband is hard of hearing so I will find it very useful Image .

Re: Wish me luck!!!

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:32 pm
by Sassy
Thanks, Parsifal Image

Re: Wish me luck!!!

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:39 pm
by rosemary
Great site, have shared it on Twitter too.

I remember when we first started to use sign language a lady told us ( depending on which hand you use )..

the right hand acts as your chalk and the left is your blackboard

There has been a lot on Twitter this week re deafness. Pictures were posted of letters/words and people had to say what they were.

My own knowledge has more or less gone now as our R cannot use it enough, he uses a picture dictionary more.

Many schools teach the BSL alphabet in schools, I would like to see them all do it. Even with that small knowledge it opens communication channels with a deaf person even if you finger spell every word. Time consuming I know but it would be a positive step.

Re: Wish me luck!!!

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:29 pm
by Sassy
Thank you, Rosemary.

I've been sharing it on facebook and twitter myself as much as I dare to (I don't want to be banned for spamming!!!)

I was unaware of schools now teaching BSL, but then again, it's been 16 years since I left (Man, I feel old now Image ). In my opinion, anything is better than the nothing I received. Even as a hard of hearing student in a mainstream school with Special Educational Needs (SEN) teacher, this wasn't available to me.

Re: Wish me luck!!!

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:35 pm
by Scally
My father in law learned finger spelling at school, and sixty years later, he could still use it: as an artilleryman he probably found it especially useful! Its best to get to the kids young, they all love signing. And its handy in all kinds of places: noisy discos, in church, in a Trappist Monastry (!) : in fact anywhere you need silent communication.

Good page by the way, lots of useful tips; keep it up!

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Re: Wish me luck!!!

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:20 pm
by Melly1
Very informative, Summer. A good refresher and some things are new to me.

Thank you.

I did BSL level 1 at evening classes. I also started level 2, but had to give up before I took the exam as I lost my babysitter for S and couldn't find a replacement. (That was all years ago and I'm now very rusty ... if you don't use it, you lose it.)

Melly1

Re: Wish me luck!!!

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:52 pm
by Bluebird
Good luck! I'm going to have a go at teaching myself the alphabet, so wish me luck too Image

Re: Wish me luck!!!

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:02 pm
by Sassy
Thank you all. Good luck with learning BSL Bluebird Image I've still got loads more to add to the page. It seems I remember something new every day - and I'll be posting videos (eventually) for those who'd like to learn to sign by copying someone else so feel free to pop back often.