on 21-09-2018 13:32
This weekend, the world will be celebrating the International Day of Sign Languages. The date picked for this day, September 23rd, actually marks the day the World Federation of the Deaf was established in 1951.
There's been a lot of progress since 1951, and for example it's now possible to contact O2 using British Sign Language through SignVideo, a free and easy service. You can find out more about how it works in our helpful Community Guide here, and if you've used this before we'd love to hear about your experience!
I never realised how many different types of sign languages are out there, but I wish I took the time to learn one in the past years. Even though I have not got around to it yet, this is something I would definitely be interested in learning going forward.
Do you guys know any sign language? Have you tried learning one, or do you want to?
It'll be great to hear more from you on this!
21-09-2018 13:50 - edited 21-09-2018 13:50
I can sign in Makaton
OnePlus 6 (O2 & Sfr), Z3 Tablet (Three UK), iPhone7 (EE)
21-09-2018 13:55 - edited 21-09-2018 13:56
I did a course a few years ago and learnt the basics. I can still sign the pleasantries, colours, the alphabet and a few other bits.. all taught by a woman who was deaf from birth. None of us were allowed to talk in class (we failed miserably) but it was such good fun.
ill always remember ‘please to the knees’ ‘Thank You’ and ‘please’ are the same but ‘please’ is a bigger movement (to the knees)
21-09-2018 14:36 - edited 21-09-2018 14:36
Many years ago I did learn some of the basics to deal with profoundly deaf patients...but with medical terminology it was difficult. We had a group of dedicated signing experts within the hospital environment so we could always call on them.
I also found it more convenient to draw and write on a pad when describing the operation the patient had.
Obviously relatives played a major part in any discussions..
on 21-09-2018 14:57
on 21-09-2018 18:39
Having driven on various roads and countries, there is definitely a universal sign language that transgresses all cultures.
Though I'm intrigued by signing and find it a challenge to decypher the descriptive when watching TV news.
on 21-09-2018 18:51
I had a profoundly deaf customer at Waitrose. We communicated with pen and paper. It was fine and she seemed happy. I admit that it would have been better, and more respectful, if I could have signed to her. But I just never got round to learning.
21-09-2018 19:14 - edited 21-09-2018 19:20
I tried a British Sign Language course at our local Hearing Centre. It proved difficult plus hubby couldnt learn either.So Im now learning lip reading (speech reading) instead.
However each year the Centre does BSL Christmas songs for funds or for entertainment in local Homes. Coool . And a lot of fun all round.
21-09-2018 19:42 - edited 21-09-2018 19:43
Deafness ? A pictorial symbol. My g'daughter was playing with a sculpture so I snapped the comical view. Later it appeared to be a representation - deafness in all forms mask both the person& the world