Parliamentary Debate on BSL in National Curriculum: Reactions

This week in Parliament, adding BSL to the National Curriculum was debated.

This week in Parliament, adding BSL to the National Curriculum was debated. Disappointingly the government has no plans to add to the current curriculum even though a pilot scheme has been in progress. Despite claiming to understand the need to provide high level academic teaching, they still seem to miss the point that by providing BSL in schools it makes … Read More

5 Reasons to Offer Deaf Awareness and Sign Language Training to Staff

5 Reasons to offer Deaf Awareness and Sign Language Training to Staff

As an employer, you are already spending a significant amount of money on developing your staff, whether it is on team-building away days, attending conferences or enhancing technical skills such as coding languages. Part of your budget should go towards honing soft skills to nurture a positive culture among your workforce. While traditional forms of training might involve presentations, role-plays … Read More

Deaf Chief Executive Wins The Right To Challenge Government

Deaf Chief Executive Wins The Right To Challenge Government

David Buxton Chief Executive at Action on Disability has won the right to challenge the Government on Access to Work rules which come into full force in April 2018. The High Court has ruled that a legal challenge of the Access to Work cap can go ahead. The case is being brought under the Equality Act 2010 with funding from … Read More

Zero Suicide Alliance Launch at The House of Commons

Zero Suicide Alliance Launch at The House of Commons

Signcode UK was honoured to have joined around 150 of some of the most influential people from a range of mental health services, third and private sector partners who attended the Zero Suicide Alliance Launch at the House of Commons. Some of the most illustrious leaders in health from the Royal Colleges and the eminent speaker line-up from our elected … Read More

Update: Parliamentary Questions Tabled by Bill Esterson MP

Update: Parliamentary Questions Tabled by Bill Esterson MP

Following our recent and very productive meeting with local MP Bill Esterson, he has now tabled questions to all government departments about what they are doing to help BSL users. You can see the full list on the Parliament website but here is the one to the Department of Health. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps … Read More

Visual Language Professionals Annual Conference 2017

Visual Language Professionals Annual Conference 2017

SigncodeUK are proud to sponsor this year’s VLP (Visual Language Professionals) annual conference which takes place on Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October. This year we will be visiting Bristol for the first time and we will be hosted by the Armada House Conference Centre. The VLP membership group is a professional association which represents communication professionals whose working languages are … Read More

Signcode Meet With Bill Esterson MP and Merseycare

Signcode Meet With Bill Esterson MP and Merseycare

SigncodeUK and Merseycare NHS attended a meeting with Bill Esterson MP to discuss the work they will be doing to provide accessible information to Deaf people. Mr Esterson was interested to hear how accessibility could be provided by the use of signcodes and how Merseycare wanted to get their message out to the Deaf Community. We will continue to update … Read More

iOS 11 Recognises QR Codes

iOS 11 recognises QR codes

If you are lucky enough to have a new iOS11 smart phone or tablet, you may already know that you can scan QR codes without having to download a third party QR reader app.  The iOS camera app is now able to recognise the QR codes within iOS11 so it’s really straightforward to use All you need to do is … Read More

Our Intrepid Ian Cockburn Takes On Tough Mudder Challenge

Our Intrepid Ian Cockburn Takes On Tough Mudder Challenge

Our intrepid Ian Cockburn will be taking up the Tough Mudder Challenge again this year on Sunday 10th September at Cholmondeley Castle with all funds raised going to Liverpool Deaf Community. Ian completed the course last time and although we think he’s a bit barmy he’s going for it again!!! Lots of photos to follow of Ian surviving the Tough … Read More

Inclusive Communication and Accessible Information

Inclusive Communication and Accessible Information

A recent article published by Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) couldn’t have read my mind better. Here’s a short snippet of what they had to say: Inclusive Communication and Accessible Information Communication is a two way process. It is how we understand others and express ourselves. Inclusive communication goes further and includes a mutual respect and equal access. It is … Read More